Italy’s Finest: On A Plate & In A Glass
31st October 2018
Who Makes The Best Pizza?
Is it the Big Apple aka New York City or is it from the birthplace itself Italy, or perhaps it’s from your own kitchen?
I’ve paired 8 different kinds of pizzas with 3 different kinds of Prosecco to see how well the two work together, seeing that both originate from Italy.
Let’s Meet Our Proseccos
Second is Giusti – Rosalia DOC Treviso
Click on the name of the Prosecco to see my reviews on Vivino.
Two of these Proseccos are from the D.O.C.G. region which is the highest designation of quality among Italian wines.
Next Up Are The Pizzas
But first, I’ve got to make them.
They are only mini but they were all full of flavours.
All pizzas were made with fresh ingredients and sprinkled with grated cheddar.
If you’re a vegetarian then three of these pizzas are for you as the other five contain meat toppings.
List of Pizzas Made: I’ve put (Veg) at the end of the ones that are suitable for vegetarians.
- Tuna & Sweetcorn
- Chicken, Spinach and Red Pepper
- Mozzarella, Feta and Spinach (Veg)
- Cheese and Tomato (Veg)
- Vegetable (Broccoli, Green Olive, Black Olive, Red/Green/Yellow Pepper, Mushroom and Tomato) (Veg)
- Ham and Pineapple
- Pepperoni and Black Olive
- Meat Feast (Bacon, Mince Beef, Mushroom, Green Olive, Ham and Red Chilli)
First Onto The Plate Is Tuna & Sweetcorn
Loredan Gasparini – “It comes along nicely, but the tomato sauce packs a bigger punch.”
Giusti – “It adds a nice taste to coincide the tuna and sweetcorn pizza.”
Bisol – ” Comes in with a small but noticeable punch and dissolves into the pizza coinciding very nicely.”
Bisol brings the plate back to the kitchen empty, it created the nicest combination.
What’s Wrong McFly? Chicken?
Loredan Gasparini – “It rides on top of the pizza like riding on top of a wave.”
Giusti – “It takes centre stage not allowing the pizza to shine.”
Bisol – “It stays with you, but doesn’t complement rather leaves a sour taste in your mouth.”
All Rise For Lady Mozzarella, Prince Feta and The Duke Of Spinach
Loredan Gasparini – “POW, where’s the pizza gone, It overpowers the pizza completely.”
Giusti – “The combination was most pleasing.”
Bisol – “Comes in strong, but joins the pizza then near the end throws out a kick to remind you it’s still there.”
Say Cheese and Tomato
Loredan Gasparini – “The tomato explodes in the mouth, but when the Prosecco enters, it kills the flavour of the tomato.”
Giusti – “The Prosecco comes in nicer than the last but something is still lost.”
Bisol – “Out of the three this one is the nicest with the pizza, less is lost in the flavour of the pizza.”
None of the pairings really stood out, but Bisol just about wins it.
You Can Watch TV As Soon As You Finish Your Vegetables
Loredan Gasparini – “It overpowers It at the beginning, but then allows the vegetables out to play.”
Giusti – “It comes in and adds a sweet taste to it, very nice combo.”
Bisol – “Comes in strong, wavers a bit but outweighs the pizza.”
Giusti finishes it’s Veg first on this one.
Sam Panopoulos “Nobody Liked It At First,” Ham and Pineapple
Loredan Gasparini – “It comes in and ducks and dives all the way through.”
Giusti – “Like a punch in the mouth, not a combo.”
Bisol – “Enters on top then sinks to the bottom.”
Loredan Gasparini wins on this Hawaiian pizza named after the brand of canned pineapple used on the first ever pineapple pizza.
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Loredan Gasparini – “An insult to Italy.”
Giusti – “Hello and Goodbye, leaving a bad aftertaste in the mouth.”
Bisol – “The Pepperoni is just fighting back the Prosecco.”
A real shame, It seems that pepperoni doesn’t like working with others.
Welcome To The Meat Feast Fun Festival
Please keep in mind that this pizza had some Red Chillis on top, giving it a pretty powerful kick, so I wasn’t able to properly write what I thought as my mouth was on fire by the end.
Loredan Gasparini – “It coincides nicely until the spiciness flushes out the Prosecco.”
Giusti – “OK.”
Bisol – “Better.”
The Bisol worked best with the meat feast.
Now It’s Time To Time Add Up The Scores
Loredan Gasparini was best paired with one pizza, the Ham and Pineapple.
Giusti took two pairings with the Vegetables and the Mozzarella, Feta and Spinach.
Bisol won with the most and was best paired with the Tuna & Sweetcorn, Cheese and Tomato and the Meat Feast.
The Chicken and Pepperoni pizzas didn’t go so well with the Proseccos.
Well there you have it, all eight pizzas tasted with three different Proseccos, are you going to try any of these combos, or will you try your own, Follow us on Twitter @GlassofBubbly and tag us into your tweet and we’ll retweet it.
A little reward for your time. 49% of people in the UK eat pizza at least once a week.
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