Pizza #356 Tronchetto, Torre Carinati
Prosciutto crudo, arugula, shredded parmesan, mozzarella
Via San Francesco a Patria, 566, Circum Esterna-Giugliano (Napoli)
Torre Carinati wins the award for most unusual dish found in a pizza menu. The Tronchetto pizza usually comes in the shape of a cross, but this fountain like pizza display looked nothing like the other tronchetto pizzas I have tasted, and nowhere near like a regular disc-shaped pizza. The waiter folded foil over a wine glass and then arrayed the cuts of prosciutto on top of the structure.
The pizza itself was basically a mozzarella cheese pizza, with no additional toppings. After being rolled and into fours, the tronchetto was topped with scattered parmesan and arugula. While interesting in appearance, there is a reason tronchetto pizzas normally include prosciutto and tomatoes inside the pizza. The stuffed ingredients create an excellent fusion with the mozzarella, and this pizzaiolo lost that opportunity by trying to decorate the plate. The individual ingredients were still high quality, but this was a tronchetto that under-achieved. On a scale of one to ten I give the toppings a 5.5 and the crust a 5
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