|A €100 pizza?|
In the centre of
Naples there is a pizzeria that has two menus – one for the general public (i.e. people like you and I) and one for the political elite – deputies, senators, party leaders etc., etc, - otherwise known in Italy as the ‘Blue Car Club’ - or “uno della casta”, generally anyone who is ‘in the club’. Given the extraordinary privileges that come with being a member of the club in (i.e. financial), someone decided it would be a good idea to create a special menu to be offered exclusively to members of said club. So, as a member of this de facto Members Only Club, rather than pay the usual 4 or 5 Euros for a pizza, they get to pay 100! If they would rather have a sandwich, then they get to pay €350. And if they want a coffee at the end of the meal, it will set them back €90. Italy
But if you think these prices would cause havoc on the digestion, then think again. Sergio D’Antoni, Deputy of the Democratic Party, was the first to receive this five-star-treatment. He ordered the pizza with friarielli peppers and sausage which then set him back a nice round €100. Witnesses in the restaurant said he didn’t bat an eyelid when presented with the bill. In fact, “the pizza was good”, he said. “Maybe a bit precious, but good. And it isn’t true that it caused me indigestion”.
The special menu is part of an initiative proposed by the regional commissioner of the Green Party in
, Francesco Borrelli. A protest against the political fat cats who receive benefits far beyond their worth, the initiative has proven highly popular. Over 30 restaurants have already signed on, pledging to give any additional money earned from the inflated menu to charity. Segio D’Antoni, luckily, didn’t take being singled out to badly. “I think that campaigns of this type are good”, he said, “if they serve to lighten the climate in such difficult times”. I love friarielli peppers, and I’m also partial to a good Neapolitan pizza, but €100? That’s steep. If you agree, why not make your own. Campania
Pizza with sausage and green peppers
Pizza con salsiccia e peperoni verdi
Preparation time: 15 minutes + resting
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
For the dough (for 4 people)
500g plain flour
300ml tepid water
1 teaspoon salt
20g fresh yeast
250ml smooth tomato sauce
200g Italian sausage, chopped into pieces
2 green peppers sliced
Make the dough by dissolving the yeast in the water. Place the flour and salt on a work surface, make a well in the centre and add the water and yeast. With your fingers gradually draw the flour into the liquid and mix. Do this a few times until the centre is soft and spongy (using about a quarter of the flour). Now leave the central sponge to rise for 15 minutes. Return to the dough and knead in the rest of the flour, kneading for at least 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for 1-1.5 hours until doubled in size. Knock down the dough and knead again for 1-2 minutes. Divide the dough into four pieces and roll out into 1/2cm thick rounds ready for the topping.
Top each base with a few spoonfuls of tomato sauce. Use the back of the spoon to coat the base evenly to within 1 cm of the edge. Divide the mozzarella cheese evenly between the four pizzas and then arrange the sausage and the peppers and a good sprinkle of dried oregano. Bake in a preheated oven at 200ºC for 15-20 minutes. Remove the pizzas from the oven and serve immediately.