Italian pizza maestro sparks controversy by adding pineapple

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In 2024, there will be a surge in pineapple pizza in Italy, thanks to the new menu item offered by pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo on Via dei Tribunali, the world capital of pizza, which will feature the dreaded “bananas”.

Sorbillo’s new pineapple pizza caused an uproar with insults on social media and discussions on national television in response to the news that the pizza contained pineapple, which is considered anathema to most Italians.

There are three types of cheese that replace the tomato layer in Sorbillo’s Margherita con Ananas pizza bianca. In addition, caramelized pineapple replaces the tomato layer in the pizza, and four types of cheese are used to make the first layer. In order to “challenge food prejudices”, this tool costs 7 euros and was created for this purpose.

As he says, “Unfortunately, people tend to follow the crowd, and condition themselves based on what they hear or what they read in the media.”.

The last few years, I have noticed that a lot of people have condemned certain ingredients or methods of preparing food simply because they weren’t well known in the past, so I wanted to make sure that these disputed ingredients – that are considered poison – were put on a Neapolitan pizza and become tasty as a result.”

With 21 outlets worldwide, Sorbillo is one of the foremost brands in the world, with its 3,000-year history evident in the store’s historic center.

As the pizza is flavored with smoked provola, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil, the pineapple is pre-baked in an oven before adding the extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil.

During the past few minutes of baking, micro shavings of Sardinian goat’s cheese and Cilento buffalo’s cheese are scattering around the edges of the dough after it has been baked.

Some people, according to Sorbillo, have been very positive about the food, including food journalist Barbara Politi, who said: “It may not be something you love at first, but once you’ve given it a try, it becomes something you can’t live without.”

It was on the menu for a couple of weeks and nobody said anything about it, and people kept ordering it, even Neapolitans, before I launched it on social media, he said.

According to him, “people in general aren’t curious. They show mistrust for anything that seems different than what they are used to.”.

In a statement made by Sorbillo, he explains that instead of tomatoes, he substituted three kinds of cheese, since he believed “two fruits with acidity would make for a poor product”.

As the saying goes, pairings are important in food. If you combine ingredients well, the result is good. The food is being eaten by people with a gastronomic curiosity. So, our work was successful.”

With the criticism in mind, Sorbillo came up with another controversial pizza version on a white base, with smoked provola cheese on it, using homemade ketchup made from red and yellow datterino tomatoes from Italy.

There is no need to change any ingredients or any preparation steps in order to create a whole new thing. You just need to change one ingredient,” he said. Eventually, I think that other pizzerias in Naples as well as other places around the world will offer pineapple pizza on their menus in the near future.

That news provided by timenews.

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