Italy and Europe: travel and leisure
Sprinkling with tomato sauce, flowing out with cheese, topped with tomato rings and pieces of ham, sprinkled with parmesan, decorated with a scattering of olives and teasing with the aroma of oregano … There are thousands of places in the world where good pizza is baked, but the best in this business were and are pizzerias that can be counted by fingers. For example, in the homeland of the Queen of Pizza Margherita, in Naples, or in Chicago, where a thick pizza was invented.
Redigo talks about authentic places for true pizza lovers. Pizzeria “Da Michele” (Naples) Gourmets argue hoarsely where exactly to eat the most delicious pizza – it is too hard to choose the best place out of 12 thousand city pizzerias.But most still vote for “Da Michele” – an authentic restaurant with a century and a half history, in which a bunch of stars have been – from Diego Maradona to Julia Roberts. Here, boldly spitting on new-fangled recipes and other marketing stuff, they prepare only two types of pizza – “Marinaru” (with tomatoes, garlic, olives and oregano) and the well-known “Margarita”.
There are not many people in a tiny pizzeria, so you will have to stand outside for 15 minutes – with a number in your hands indicating your order. But after this comes the feast of the stomach: a springy cake burns lips, mozzarella from buffalo milk melts in your mouth, sauce sprinkles in all directions … Yum-yum! Pizzeria Speranza (São Paulo) If Naples is the place where pizza was invented, then São Paulo is the record city for its consumption. Every day, more than a million (!) Pizzas are eaten in the Latin American metropolis. Brazilian pizzerias are gigantic halls where hundreds of people can sit at tables.
Pizzas themselves are similar in size to satellite dishes, they have a lot of mozzarella cheese, ham and olives, and not much – which makes them very different from their European counterparts – tomato sauce, which local chefs do not like. For the best “Napoletano” and “Calzone” (pizza envelope, with the filling hidden inside) in Sao Paulo you need to go to “Speranza” – the most popular pizza place among the local population that smokes with its ovens for more than half a century. You will not find tourists here in the afternoon with fire, but the Paulistas (residents of São Paulo) are more than enough.
So get ready not only to crunch cheese crust, but also practice Portuguese. Pizzeria “At Buffetto” (Rome) Hundreds of people enter the inconspicuous door in a building with dazzling windows. You almost always have to stand in line. But for Grandfather Buffetto’s pizza, you should close your eyes to the inconvenience, because his “Margarita”, for which the chef is cleverly spun in the air, is considered the most delicious in Rome. The family business of Buffetto (Pizzeria Da Baffetto) – almost fifty years. In the role of hostesses – a magnificent daughter, and the owner himself – in a checkered shirt and tortoiseshell glasses – scurries between tables, giving dozens of commands to waiters and children in the kitchen.
The service is brilliantly set up: pizza machine-gun bursts fly out of a wood-burning stove, settling on tables covered with parchment paper. In addition to the “classics”, you can order pizza with zucchini, anchovies, prosciutto and even pumpkin. For 25 euros (pizza plus beer), eat so much that it will be difficult to get up from the table. Remember to take a photo with old Buffetto. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (New York) One of the best pizzerias in New York called Grimaldi’s is right below the Brooklyn Bridge. According to legend, without the pizza baked in local ovens, Frank Sinatra could not live, taking it with him even on a tour in Las Vegas.
Grimaldi’s signature pizza lover is US First Lady Michelle Obama, who once, having terribly surprised the people sitting at tables, ran into a restaurant for the fragrant $ 16 Pepperoni. The pizzeria is very popular among the residents of the Big Apple and among tourists, so a long queue is often lined up before entering the establishment. Fortunately, the Grimaldi in New York has a couple of branches: one in Manhattan and the other in Queens.