This challenge comes from a small writing group. we have a large series of random questions that we answer and share. The goal is to answer at least one per week.
Describe your perfect pizza in detail, including how it would be cooked and what toppings would be included.
Today’s Perfect Pizza
That is such a loaded question that I can’t even believe myself that I would choose to write about this. Maybe it’s a side effect of the pandemic craziness that has engulfed us all. Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t go to a local Pizza Parlor and sit down to order my pizza. Maybe it’s because I feel the need to order a pizza from a local place just so when this is all over I can go there and sit down and have a pizza.
Over the years I have fond memories of pizza. We had a neighborhood place that was just the best. I can remember going there with my Girl Scout Troop after an activity, which I can’t remember, and I can remember the taste of the pizza. I ordered milk with mine that day and some of the other girls said, “Hey, we are out for dinner why not order soda?”. To this day my favorite beverage with pizza is milk. They were saying hey mom or dad won’t mind and we are drinking soda, but I was not going to change my request.
I remember it was cold outside and very warm in the pizza parlor with the ovens going. Maybe we had come from a nursing home where we sang Christmas Carols or we may have had a roller skating party with other Girl Scouts, both are very possible. It may have been a special meeting where we put together special treats to take to patients at a local hospital. It’s funny the two vivid memories from that day were the pizza and my drinking milk.
I live near Chicago, which is known for it’s pizza among other foods and I have eaten pizza all over the country and I do love Chicago style pizza. This pizza that is my now “perfect” pizza comes from a restaurant on the same street as the one I went to all those years ago with the Scouts but about 4 block East. This new pizza is a hand tossed pizza that has malt in the dough ( I could not taste it.)
I am a fan of sausage pizza and this had sausage that was crumbled and spread over the entire top so you had sausage in every bite. The sauce is critical and this was also a secret recipe. The sauce was almost a marinara sauce, but very delicate, and you could see veg and herbs in the sauce. Next I had diced fresh tomatoes, also scattered all over the top, my last ingredient was black olives. I love the sharp taste they add to the pizza.
The pizza was very thin with a light but crunchy dough and I enjoyed every bite of pizza even the next day. The flavor overall was unique and I think that is the secret recipes for dough and sauce. My new favorite pizza and I will be running to this place as soon as they open again.