Bacon, ham strips, mozzarella, ricotta, mozzarella, tomato, basil
Via Gerolomini 5, 80078 Pozzuoli (Napoli)
Excellent lasagna pizza. This is southern Italy, where hamburger-mozzarella pasta dishes are less common than pizza, so it seems only natural that Neapolitans would simply combine the two dishes. The focus on seafood pasta and pizza in the Campania region is pronounced driven by geographical proximity to the sea, but also because of the plebian roots of pizza in the 19th century, in an area that was economically depressed. That does not mean Italians in the Naples area forgo lasagna, they simply put it on their pizza from time to time. The equation for this culinary creation is simple:
A full serving of lasagna- Egg Pasta + Pizza Crust= Awesome
In general I think this is a great variation on pizza. This is much better than the Hotdog and pizza combination that often appears on pizzeria menus.
Acqua and Farina, a great pizzeria with a good sea-side view of Pozzuoli, has excellent cuts of meat, rich globs of ricotta cheese, and creamy mozzarella in their Lasagna pizza. Meat in this pizza is all pork, but comes in two forms of crispy thin-strip bacon, and tender strips of ham. Both of these ingredients are infused with a level of creaminess from the ricotta, and a hint of sweetness from the sliced tomatoes. Joining me for my pizza was one of Acqua & Farina’s ‘pizza cats’.
Stray dogs (common in Naples) are usually chased off by the waiters, but less intrusive animals, like cats, will usually sit near the potted plants waiting for a handout. There were certainly enough Italian children at the pizzeria who didn’t finish all of their huge pizzas to ensure the cats probably eat well here. On a scale of one to ten I give the toppings a 6.5 and the crust a 7
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