A book, a film but first and foremost the most typical of all Italian dishes: the Pizza Margherita. We’ll tell you how to describe it and especially… how to enjoy it. Prepare those taste buds!
Have you ever thought about how many adjectives can be used to describe a pizza? Elizabeth Gilbert did, in her book “Eat, pray, love”, which was the base for the film of the same name with Julia Roberts, directed by Ryan Murphy.
“I’d always thought that, in terms of pizza bases, life offers only two possibilities: thin and crunchy, or else thick and soft. Who’d have ever said that thin and soft pizzas also exist? Thin, soft, consistent, elastic, exquisite, slippery, delicious pizza.”
At the time, the protagonist is in Naples, during an international journey to search for herself. During her stay, she convinces her new friend Sofi that one has to savour life to the full and to indulge in pleasure… The pleasure of one particular day lies in discovering Pizza Margherita, in such a delicious version that she orders a second, with a double ration of mozzarella…
“I love my pizza so much that in my delirium I become convinced that it loves me too. As though a close personal relationship was growing between me and my pizza, practically a love story.”
The Pizza Margherita conquers Liz – the protagonist of the film “Eat, pray, love” – from the first bite, and sweeps her away in a detailed hymn of praise for every ingredient:
“On top lies a sweet tomato sauce that froths and bubbles creamily when it meets the fresh buffalo mozzarella and, at the center of this harmony, fresh basil leaves spread their sunny, grassy aroma throughout the pizza, the way a shining film star at the center of a party transmits her luminous sheen to all those around her.”
Tomato sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil: these are undeniably the irreplaceable ingredients of a good pizza margherita. But the true core of this pizza is above all the pastry mix of its base, prepared with a strict list of ingredients containing nothing other than flour, water, salt and beer yeast.