When it comes to the nation’s favourite food, pizza wins every time.
Maybe it’s the comfort of a warm, cheesy tomato based treat, the convenience of being able to order your favourite slice at 3am or simply just the variety of weird and wonderful toppings to choose from. Either way, pizza will never go out of style.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles loved fighting crime throughout the late 80s and early 90s, but there was one thing they loved more…hot, fresh pizza. Their choice of toppings was sometimes odd to say the least, including jelly bean with sausage and chocolate sprinkles with clam sauce, but they couldn’t get enough of it.
Pizza catering has evolved massively over the past decade, with new and improved pizzerias constantly cropping up across the country. The modern pizza was born in the 18th Century and was initially only enjoyed by the upper classes. Thankfully, it soon spread worldwide and became a staple point of modern cuisine.
With characters like Homer Simpson and Joey from friends munching it down in style on screen, pizza has become not only everyone’s favourite meal but an iconic part of subcultural history. So much so that even celebrities can’t hide their love for it.
International pop diva Beyonce has confessed that her favourite toppings are extra tomato sauce and jalapeños, while fashion designer Marc Jacobs loves tuna pizza.
Singer Gwen Stefani became so relatable when she said: “You know what? Part of me just wants to eat a pizza and go to sleep.”
And Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe revealed: “We have pizza parties which means I get four friends ‘round, we eat a pizza and we’re really lazy and we play PlayStation.”
It’s the simple things really, and this definitely sounds like the perfect night in to us.
Pizza is a great fit for the summer
With summertime fast approaching, there are even more options when it comes to indulging in your favourite pizza. Many caterers now offer freshly-baked pizzas hand delivered all day long, which is perfect for outdoor events, festivals and parties. For example some outlets will produce mouth-watering wood fired pizzas cooked in a traditional clay oven to bring out all the flavours. Freshly prepared ingredients on a thin crust base make for a restaurant quality meal no matter what your summer plans.
The best thing for pizza lovers around the globe is that it’s universal (as if you needed any more reasons). You can travel pretty much anywhere around the world and still find somewhere to grab a hot Margherita or succulent Meat Feast.
Pizza caterers are also offering modern twists on classic toppings, inviting you to get creative and break out of your comfort zone, mixing sweet and sour with pineapple, chillis, cherry tomatoes, caramelised onion and smoked bacon, or exploring the taste of the sea with mussels, anchovies or fresh prawns. Different regions have added their own versions to their menus, including local meats, fish, cheeses, vegetables, herbs and spices.
For some owners, pizza making is an art. Appreciated as one of the finest restaurants in the city, some high end makers will include ingredients such as truffled cream sauce, field mushrooms and prosciutto crudo on a thin base. A lighter version of traditional toppings, lunch never tasted so good.
With Pizza there’s something for everyone
Retailers, restaurants and takeaway services are now offering more and more choice to suit all dietary needs. From lactose-free cheese to gluten-free bases, there’s literally something for everyone.
Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera told fans: “This isn’t me. This isn’t what I want to be doing. I just want to be in my sweats, walk my dog, watch TV and eat pizza”, while superstar Bradley Cooper recently admitted that he can’t get enough of a certain pizza retailer.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres famously said while presenting the 2014 Oscars: “I have this crazy idea that I will order pizza. Two large, what do you think?” And she was true to her word. Ellen ate pizza with celeb guests during the award show and proved that any day can be pizza day.
For years, casual-dining chains may have dominated the UK pizza, but a transformation has been occurring. Entrepreneurs are bringing back traditional Neapolitan values and have ensured that pizza catering doesn’t always have to involve a Dominos. Hand-kneaded dough, organic ingredients and a passion for taste have become central to many pizzerias service, meaning pizza is now a great option for weddings, birthdays and business events.
At your favourite pub with friends, after a miserable day at work or simply alone in bed on a lazy afternoon, pizza is the answer to so many questions.
Author G.A. McKevett once said: “There’s very little in my world that a foot massage and a thin-crust, everything-on-it pizza won’t set right.”…and we couldn’t agree more.