We stumbled across this cafe while in Melbourne. It was fantastic, the best food, best service, good pricing, I highly recommend this place.
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A restaurant I will keep coming back to I love this place! The service is outstanding, and the staff are friendly. My friend and I go every week for lunch we like it so much. The atmosphere is nice and cozy, a great place for a romantic dinner. The food is also good value and delicious. I highly recommend it.
The staff is great quality, but the food is even better!
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I love Cafe Rosco. It’s now my favourite spot for taking friends for dinner or just a quick lunch. The pizza is fantastic and the other food just as good. I guess what I really like is that they remember my name and make me feel so welcome every time I walk in. I’ve travelled a lot and have to say this is the best restaurant of it’s type I have ever come across!
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The simplest description of a pizza would be a flat round piece of baked dough that is topped with all sorts of veggies, meat, and fish and liberally doused with dripping cheese and tomato sauce. But that would be doing an injustice to all the different exotically created pizzas topped with unusual and rare ingredients across the globe.
Some of the most common types of pizzas are the ‘deep dish’, ‘thin crust’, and ‘stuffed’ pizzas. There are also the ‘deep fried’ and ‘layered’ and ‘wood-fired’ pizzas. Although the original pizza is from Italy it has now evolved into several varieties all over the world.
The way the pizza is prepared and baked may essentially be the same but the toppings are varied and far from the original pizzas from Italy. If you are looking for an authentic pizza, you may be able to find it only in Italy. Pizzas are no longer considered foreign as they have been customised to suit local tastes wherever they go.
Local spices and flavours have crept in wherever the pizza was introduced. If you take the ‘kebab-pizza’ in Sweden, you wouldn’t find anything in common with the ‘Aussie pizza’. The typical Australian pizza is topped with bacon and eggs. Prawns and other sea-food as toppings are very common too in this part of the world.
In India, you would find pizzas that are spiced up differently in different parts of the country to cater to the local tastes. You would find the toppings of the pizza changing in every state. Walking into a Pizza Hut or a Domino’s will not give you the same pizza with the same taste even if it carries the same name!
Pakistan, which has the biggest pizza restaurant in the world, has also created its own pizza with spicy chicken and sausage toppings.
The Korean pizza has a whole range of exotic toppings that are not seen anywhere else in the world. Take for instance the crushed tortilla chips, shrimp, crab and sour cream that are used liberally.
In Israel, they use some unusual toppings too like labane and za’atar and corn. The Brazilian pizza may be the one that is the most unusual with sweet toppings like banana and chocolate!
Even the shape of the pizza can differ from place to place. The Sicilian pizza is usually rectangular with a very thick crust.
Although mozzarella cheese is the most commonly used cheese on pizzas, there are several other types of cheese that are generating interest in the pizza loving community. The reduced fat mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, romano, and the parmesan cheese are also ideal for pizzas. And then there are the blends of different cheeses that are used to achieve a unique taste.
One thing that is certain is that the pizza has universal appeal in whatever form or taste it takes. The growing number of pizzerias and the volume of sales they generate everyday has proven beyond doubt that the pizza, in all its constantly evolving avatars, is here to stay.
It is always a pleasure to write about pizzas. I can almost taste the jalapenos, the sausages, the olives, and everything else from heaven, nestled in rich cheese and tomato sauce!
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In this section of Pizza South Yarra, I will be serving a few mouth-watering and informative articles on the evolution of pizza and on the different types of pizza from all over the world. I guess I am not the only one who is crazy about writing about pizzas! Taste on … Pizzas – Its Origin and Evolution
By Simon Hemmings Pizzas were present since the times of the ancient Greeks. In those times, the pizzas were layered with oil, cheese and herbs. Since the olden times pizza has seen a sea change of ingredients, layering, and toppings.
For example the Italian pizza consisted of baked bread and tomato, later on addition of cheese became a prominent choice of layering. Also the pizza Margaretta named after an Italian queen had tomato, cheese and a herb by name basil. They come in all types. Vegetarian and non vegetarian, to satiate any kind of taste buds. Every country has a style of its own when it comes to preparation of pizzas.
For example Australia adds bacon and eggs to the original Italian style. Brazil has made it a dessert with addition of chocolate, bananas and pineapples as toppings. Israel has added a wide variety of vegetables to be used for toppings. Mushrooms and onions are most widely used for toppings, not to forget some strange toppings like the strained yogurt, certain spices of the region are also used.
The United States has wide variety available which bears little resemblance to the original Italian. Since the Greek influence on the united states is prominent, the Roman Style thin crusted ones are a common sight in New York and Chicago. These cities have experimented on the thin crusted pizzas and developed new varieties which have become a popular choice in recent times.
Today one can find various pizza outlets, like the Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa Johns, American Pizza to name a few. Each pizza outlet has many varieties to offer. With the facility to order for pizzas on line, it’s even more convenient to have it delivered instead of going to the eatery.
Nowadays, ready to bake pizzas and the frozen types are available as well and they have become all time favorite at home as well. It is considered to have high content of fat and calories, not to forget high amounts of sodium. All these considered, it does not make a good choice for health conscious people.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Simon_Hemmings TweetPizza the World Over By Don Wexford Pizza is an extremely popular and delicious food which started in Naples but is now served the world over. Although its production in Naples, Italy is still very tightly controlled and old-fashioned, pizza has developed a variety of different flavors and styles as it has travelled around the globe. Frequently, pizza comes into a region along with a group of Italian immigrants. Although the pizza at first remains within the community of Italians who brought it into that region, as the Italians become more integrated into the community, so does their food. Generally pizza acquired within the core of Italian immigrants is still nearly traditional, but the pizza that starts to spread into the rest of the country acquires special flavors and topping which reflect the established cuisine of the culture. Here are some examples: In the United States, pizza has developed many different regional forms, owing mostly to the wide and continuing impact of Greek and Italian immigrants in American culture. Some of these variations are so different as to be only vaguely resembling the original Neapolitan dish. Anyone who has travelled much in American will be familiar with “New York Style” pizza, as opposed to “Chicago Style,” deep-dish, thin-crust, or other varieties. Frequently American foods such as bacon double cheeseburgers, BBQ chicken, chili cheese dogs, or other foods will find their way onto a pizza in the state. One surprising locale where pizza has really taken root is in Pakistan. It was introduced there as recently as 1993 by Mr. Manzar Riaz, who opened the country’s first pizza place. Pizza Hut also moved into Pakistan in the same year, perhaps sensing the same burgeoning desire for pizza consumption that tipped off Mr. Riaz. The impact of pizza in Pakistan has not been as great as in India, though; it is a popular and well-known dish in provinces like Kashmir, Sindh, and Punjab, but it basically impossible to find in Baluchistan and the creatively-named North-West Frontier Province. Despite its inability to crack into those coveted other regions, Pakistan’s pizza sales are second in volume only to sales in the Unites States. In fact, Pakistan is home to the world’s largest Pizza Hut which as seating for more than five thousands people, if you can imagine such a thing. Despite the enormous volume of pizza sales in Pakistan, and the thousands of Pakistanis who apparently sit down to eat pizza in even one restaurant, Sao Paulo, Brazil still has the stones to call itself the “Pizza Capital of the World.” This isn’t too a crazy a claim, considering that 1.4 million pizzas are consumed in there every single day. As is common when Italians immigrants introduce pizza, the dish was not available in Brazil outside of Italian communities until the 1950s. As it has spread out and developed its own new Brazilian flair, pizza has become increasingly popular throughout the country. Generally, though, pizza there is still pretty close to the traditional Neapolitan fare, with a thicker, more substantial dough, and frequently having no tomato sauce at all. One of the most heart-warming pizza success-stories is playing out even as we speak in Australia. You may not have known this, but a significant portion of the Australian population is descended from Italy, so I guess you could say they have pizza in their veins, although not literally of course as this would cause an extremely painful and deadly condition. Because the Australians have so much in common with those of Italian descent, the classic, traditional varieties are available in Australia, but there is also an Aussie style pizza which has bacon and egg on it and sometimes also prawns. A couple of decades ago the “gourmet pizzas” began to be popular in Australia, with smoked salmon, dill, kangaroo meat, and other goofy Australian thins on top of them, but probably not boomerangs, let’s be honest. Pizza is just one of many foodstuffs with a long and storied history which has spread across the world and changed as it went, but it is a very interesting case. It shows how a variety of different people are able to take the same concept and adapt it to their own unique preferences. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Don_Wexford Tweet
I thought it would be interesting to trace the history of the pizza in this section of Pizza South Yarra. I will also be talking about the wide reach of pizzas all over the world and share some interesting stuff that you may never have even heard of or tasted in all your pizza-eating life!
No one seems to know where exactly pizzas originated. Was it Italy? Greece? Egypt? In the first century B.C., Virgil, the famous Roman poet, first mentioned the pizza in his poem ‘The Aenid’. There is also some talk about flat bread baked by Persian soldiers on their shield in the field in the sixth century B.C. They would then top it with dates and cheese. The Egyptians also made some kind of flatbread and so did the Indians and called them ‘naan’ but as these two did not have toppings, I am not sure if you can call these pizzas. The Greeks too had their own flat bread which they called ‘plakountos’ and loaded it with toppings.
The only thing we can be sure of is that pizza was definitely made in Italy considering the number of pizza ovens seen everywhere in Italy.
The best thing about pizza is that it has adapted to various cultures and taste buds even as its popularity spread all over the globe. There are several good books on the history of the pizza. The one, which has some very interesting information is Carol Helstosky’s ‘Pizza: A Global History’.
The 20th century saw a proliferation of pizza chains and outlets opening all over the world. The interesting thing about it was that not one pizza matched in taste with its counterpart in another country. Each country added or subtracted some ingredient to suit their taste. The original pizza seems to have evolved beyond recognition.
Here I have covered some snippets on pizzas from all over the world:
The typical Australian pizza is made of a base liberally covered with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce and topped with unusual stuff like bacon, eggs, and even prawns. Australian pizzas have gone the gourmet way with such exotic ingredients like tiger prawns, emu, salmon, etc.
Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, claims to be the Pizza Capital of the World with its 6000+ outlets churning out more than a million pizzas every day! The typical Brazilian pizza is the Neapolitan with a thick dough base.
Several branded pizza outlets and smaller local pizza joints have mushroomed all over urban India and even in some smaller towns. Indian pizzas generally have more ‘pizzazz’ with the liberal sprinkling of spices and peppers, and topped with exotic chicken dishes like Tandoori chicken. Vegetarian pizzas are a rage here and come with ‘paneer’ or cottage cheese toppings and other Indian flavours. The traditional western style pizzas also go down well with the Indian pizza connoisseur.
Although pizzas came to Pakistan at least three years before it entered India, it didn’t quite take off as much as it has in India. But, strangely, Pakistan boasts the largest pizza outlet in the world with a seating capacity of a whopping 5000 people and the revenue generated from pizza sales was $2 billion dollars in 2009! This only goes to show that the demand for pizzas is there but there are very few outlets.
The Italians brought pizzas into America in the late 19th century and the turn of the century saw pizza outlets mushrooming in different parts of America. It is said that the pizza was originally known as the ‘Tomato Pie’ in America. It was in the mid 20th century when songs were being sung about pizzas and celebrities were gushing over pizzas, that the American public actually sat up and noticed the pizza. It has since taken on different shapes and sizes, and crusts, and fillings, and toppings, and the frozen pizza was introduced. Not surprisingly, the United States generates the highest revenue in pizza sales in the whole world.
Pizzas have evolved through the years and going by their history, they haven’t reached the end of the road yet. I wish I could be around to see what other delicious pizzas will spring up a few centuries down the line. Who knows? ‘Pizza South Yarra’ may still be around to keep the growing pizza crazy population updated on the latest pizza offerings from around the world, if not the universe! Thanks for visiting Pizza South Yarra! Tweet
I am crazy about pizzas! If that isn’t a good enough reason to put up a website called ‘Pizza South Yarra’, what is? I was lost the moment I sank my teeth into my first pizza and my love affair with pizzas carries on well into middle age!
Even though I have slowly changed my lifestyle to be more health conscious and to keep my weight in check, I just cannot resist pizzas; in any shape or size, any crust, thin or otherwise, any topping, any kind, from any part of the world! I have even started trying out some recipes at home using some good pizza dough and extra virgin olive oil but nothing can quite beat a professionally made pizza.
It was when I was savouring a new exotic pizza at my favourite pizza outlet that I thought a website exclusively about pizzas is what the world needed. So I set forth on a pizza discovery journey and was surprised at all the new stuff I found. And here I was thinking am a pizza veteran! I have travelled all over the world and tasted different pizzas – spicier, blander, meatier, veggier, you name it, I probably would have had it somewhere! I must have eaten more than two thousand pizzas!
It was in Delhi and Mumbai, India, that I discovered that a thin crust pizza can taste good even with a lot of spices. Out of all the outlets Smokin’ Joes was the best as they really piled on the toppings! I usually find myself ordering extra toppings wherever I go, but there was no place on top to add any more toppings! The crust was neither thin nor thick and mozzarella cheese & tomato sauce not too much and not too less. Their garlic bread was also something to die for!
Luckily for me, I have an iron clad stomach and can eat anything anywhere in the world. In fact, the first thing I do when I land in a new place is check out their pizza outlets. And, although I would find a Pizza Hut or a Dominos almost everywhere I went, I found that the pizzas tasted so different from back home and from other places.
My visit to Pakistan was interesting as I ended up at this humongous pizza restaurant which am told can seat up to five thousand people! It was a very different experience and again the pizzas there tasted so different. Back home, I enjoy a deep dish pizza with bacon & egg toppings, which I am yet to find anywhere else.
I found that I could compile a whole lot of stuff about pizzas considering I had travelled so much and have tasted a whole lot of different pizzas. In these pages, I hope to bring to you all my personal knowledge on the subject and much more that I have researched over the years. So, you are sure to find information on the best pizza outlets, the food network, the best pizza chef in your area, the best toppings in the world, several recipes on how to make your own pizza at home, and how you can easily order online print menu and get your pizza delivered at home.
I have also covered some information on the history and evolution of pizza. I had always thought it was the traditional Italian pizza that started the pizza culture, but then I came across some articles on how pizzas have been around for centuries in different parts of the world. The ingredients may differ but the descriptions cannot leave any doubt in your mind that they were indeed pizzas albeit primitive ‘flat breads’! I will also post the occasional review on local pizza outlets and even the best pizza oven manufacturers in case you decide to set one up in your garden.
I have tried to put together a few informative articles on pizzas, and some links to interesting websites that give a wealth of information about pizzas. I have no doubt that writing about pizzas is giving me as much pleasure as eating one! So, don’t be surprised if you find me sharing my pizza experiences with you here. You may even find an interesting recipe you can try at home when you have some free time on your hands.
Trust me, Pizza South Yarra, is all set to make you want to eat pizzas every day for the rest of your life. I will be filling these pages with all you wanted to know about pizzas but were afraid to ask! I have taken it on as my mission in life to dig out photos, reviews, ratings, and whatever else on pizzas, and serve it right here topped with some mouth-watering tidbits from all over the world. Thank you for visiting Pizza South Yarra!