Tuesday, 3 November 2009

P is for...


Pizza

Growing up I hated, detested, loathed pizza. The smell, the taste, everything about it was absolutely horrid to me. I ate sprouts, cooked spinach and endives, liver, but I could not stand pizza. Yuck. But then, a few years ago (1998 to be precise) I was on holiday in Italy with my friend C and I just couldn't not try pizza. I mean, I was in Italy! So, I got myself the simplest one possible: Pizza Margherita. There wasn't even any cheese on it!

Well, I tasted it. And in the end only a few small crusts were left on my plate. And I've liked pizza ever since. On occasion I will have up to five pizzas in my freezer (no room for more) and they will not stay there long...

Pizzas originated in Naples, Italy and are oven-baked, flat, round bread bases, covered in tomatoes or tomato sauce and cheese and a variety of other toppings. Different regions, different tastes. I prefer mine with mozzarella, salami and pineapple. According to official pizza bakers a wrong idea, because it combines sweet (pineapple) with savoury (salami) and that is not really done. But then again, in the Netherlands you can also get Pizza Shoarma!

For more P words from around the world, please check out ABC Wednesday and join in the fun.

23 comments:

  1. Pizza really is quite yummy and I'm glad you found your appetite for it. That's a nice picture that shows it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love P is for Pizza. It is one of my favorites ever since I was a little girl. I grew up in Chicago with the best pizza, if you ask me.
    We get pizza almost once a week!

    ReplyDelete
  3. WHAT IS endives?
    I DIDNT LIKE PIZZA UNTIL I GOT PREGNANT WITH HAILEY
    I LOVE IT WITH CHEESE, ANCHOVIES,SAUSAGE, GREEN PEPPERS AND THIN CRUST EXTRA CRISPY!
    YUMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    BUT DONT EAT IT OFTEN
    NOT GOOD ON MY GIRLISH FIGURE!
    I LOVE WHAT YOU ADDED TO MY POEM
    GO BACK AND ADD MORE
    I WANT YOU TO WIN THE PRIZE MARRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Pizza is definitely a big favorite of mine, too! Great shot, too!

    Enjoy!

    Sylvia

    ReplyDelete
  5. P is for Pizza..perfect...love it...

    ReplyDelete
  6. I like pizza with a very thin crust. Yummy!
    Sunny :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love pizza, and I love how easy it is to pop into the oven when you don't know what to have for lunch! Delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Pizza is nice and great for a quick meal. I like pizza as I like almost every food, as long as it is clean and without insects. In some countries in the world people eat grasshoppers, roasted grubs or beetles...Well not me!!
    Thanks for your visit!

    ReplyDelete
  9. So happy you came over to the "right" side and now like pizza. I like it much too much and love pineapple on mine also.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Pizza is great in the right pizzerias. Lot's of them in Stockholm, Sweden
    godd story, thanks

    ReplyDelete
  11. in mumbai we get pizza toppings of tandoori chicken, chicken tikka!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Did you drive the bus round Italy?

    ReplyDelete
  13. I only have pizza occasionally but love pasta!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Italian food is the tops. Best pizza every had was in Italy, on the Amalfi coast.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Pizza Shoarhma! Now, that's really different!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I also dislike pizza till much latter time in my life. Now I can take one or two slices but not as many as you can.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I always liked pizza, but certain toppings (anchives, notably) I hate, while others (pineapple, e.g.) just feel wrong.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hello from ABC wed!

    I also did not like pizza when I was young. Love the photo to accompany your pithy post. Very interesting facts to ponder!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love pizza! Pepperoni is my favorite. Perfect post!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I was into my teenage years before I knew what a pizza was.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Pizza good! But I thought I didn't like it until I ate some...silly, silly!
    Thanks for the visit!

    ReplyDelete
  22. How funny! LOL!

    I love pizza, but shouldn't really eat it because my body doesn't deal well with yeast. I did have a wonderful one recently in Washington DC at Ebberts Grill. No tomato, so probably not very authentic, but it had roasted butternut squash and onion, spinach and mushrooms with a mix of crumbled goat and sheep cheeses. It was quite the most delicious thing I had tasted for a very long time!

    ReplyDelete
  23. My first pizza was the frozen kind and I didn't like it at all. Now, it is practically a staple.
    P.S. I wondered how long it would be before someone mentioned the Chicago pizza:) Second post. I love it, too!

    ReplyDelete

Any weighty (and not so weighty) comments are welcome!