Netflix and pizza.
Boys’ night and pizza.
Birthday and pizza.
End of exams pizza.
Cheat night pizza.
….You get the point.
However, we’ve realised many people feel bound to the traditional hold-pizza-by-crust-and-eat-from-tip-back method of consumption. Those poor people.
There are loads of ways to enter happy pizza land. Here are four:
THE KNIFE AND FORK
Sophisticated types dig this methodology, which works amazingly with a Soppresatta Piccante: tomato sauce, fior di latte, spicy soppressata, fresh chillies, garlic, oregano, pecorino and extra virgin olive oil.
Basically, envision your pizza to be a huge, thin pancake and get foldin’. This only works with the uber thin Neapolitan pizza (DO NOT try this with a deep dish, cheese-stuffed crust, corn-dog pizzas or any other monstrosities using the alias ‘pizza’. Actually, just stop eating those all together). Folding a whole pizza into quarters Al Portafoglio is common practice amongst workers in Napoli, and refers to to the English ‘portfolio’; the uncut pie is twice-doubled over, like paper, and eaten from the crust inwards. Ideal for the Margherita: tomato sauce, mozzarella di bufala, basil, pecorino and extra virgin olive oil.
Apparently #carblyf isn’t for everyone. And those who don’t feel like they knead bread in their world are not devoid of taste buds. An ideal pizza to eat via this modus operandi is the Colatura di Alici: mozzarella di bufala, red onions, grape tomatoes, white anchovies, chilli flakes, gaeta olives and extra virgin olive oil. The knife and fork are used to carve the piping hot pie from the inside out, leaving the airy crust completely intact around the edge of the plate.
Note** You can definitely eat the crust should you wish. You just do you.
Perhaps choosing one menu item proved to be like a pizza Sophie’s Choice, and so you decided to share. The Fold is perfect for handling individual slices and funnels the flavourful juices directly to one’s mouth. Folded lengthways from crust to point using the index finger and thumb, any pizza can be eaten like this, and it is New York that would be most proud of you for choosing this way of eating. Us too.
All photos via Motorino pizza in Wan Chai and Central