[Note: This post would have been up days ago, but Firefox kept shutting down every time I tried to upload photos. I hate Vista!]
During our time in London, we were graciously welcomed into the home of a family friend who is currently living in the Marylebone area of London. And not only did she provide us with a roof, she also took us out to dinner twice– seriously, best hostess ever!
The second time we went out, she took us to Pizza Express, a British pizza restaurant chain. Before we even sat down, she told us about a new feature on the menu called Leggera (light) pizzas– thin-crust pizzas with a hole cut in the middle before baking, and the hole is filled with a mixed greens salad upon serving. Brilliant! In America, pizza chains are always trying to stuff more into their pizzas– double crust, extra cheese– but the British cut something out, and I think it’s one of the best idea I’ve ever heard. You can eat a whole pizza and still get some totally fresh green veggies! I ordered the Gustosa, with proscuitto, mushrooms, yellow bell peppers and fior di latte mozzarella.
Isn’t it lovely? And it came with its own little pizza slicer, which was such a nice touch. The pizza was excellent. It tasted simple and fresh, which is how all Italian food should be. And the double edges were in perfect proportion with the toppings! While most pizzas have some sogginess in the middle where you can’t savor the chewy crust, this pizza has a bit of crust in every bite. Awesome. I was so happy about the salad as well, since a salad of dark mixed greens is hard to come by in Estonia. I ate some of it on its own, but I also piled some leaves onto bites of pizza, and the bitter greens were perfect against the slightly sweet sauce and mild cheese. With a glass of red wine, it was a perfect pizza dinner.
Perhaps I’ll try this method of preparation at home too?