Posted by Sale Lilly on July 13, 2009|Comments


The Panda Pizza: Tomato, sausage, mozzarella, prosciutto, eggplant, basil, mushrooms


€ 5.50


Via Monte Nuovo Licola Patria, 139, Licola-Pozzuoli (NA)


The Panda Pizza is a metaphor for Naples: overcrowding ruins an experience. This pizza has lots of good ingredients, but they don’t necessarily go well together or generate a good taste on the pizza dough. Tasty sausage, average eggplant, and canned and bland mushrooms create a muted taste that is ‘wet’ rather than ‘juicy’. It may be an exercise in similar adjectives but in Naples a ‘wet’ pizza is one that does not cook fully because of excessive ingredients. A ‘juicy’ pizza is one that has its ingredients melt together, sufficiently cooked to improve the overall taste of the individual ingredients. MBA-types sometime refer to this as ‘synergy’. Whatever it is, the otherwise good sausage and crust in the Panda Pizza were pulled down into mediocrity because of the excessive ingredients. On a scale of one to ten I give the toppings a 4.5 and the crust a 5

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