What is an Italian Pizza?
The chinese food sold in India is not Chinese but it is Indian Chinese Food. I wonder if same is the position of Pizza. Domino and Slice of Italy are my favourite but I always wonder if it taste same as actual Italian Pizza?
Few years back I may have ventured to Italian Embassy to find out if their canteen serve ethnic pizza but the terrorists have made us prisoners of our fears and any one asking unusual question at highly secured place like a foreign embassy at New Delhi, may not get right answer. Would they have a public canteen for ordinary Indian citizen?
Geographical names are so blatantly misused that often it goes by unnoticed. Nobody is bothered by Geographical Indication ……. Act, 1999 which was enacted to curb such mischief. Mozzarella cheese is protected under European Union Geographical indications and traditional specialities.
Do these Pizza maker import all the cheese from Italy? If not, it can not be called Mozzarella.
Now if Slice of Italy is not adding any ingredient to its pizza by actually importing it from Italy, can it call it Italian Pizza? Or should it be called “Indian Italian Pizza” or “Indian Pizza, cooked Italian way”?
After all anything resembling round shape Italian bread with cheese over it is not pizza. Even if it is, yet it is not Italian Pizza, unless the recipe is Italian.
This brings to second problem, except a few, all pizzas sold in India with vegetarian topping are recipes created in India by Indians and for Indians. So how Italian is my Pizza served in New Delhi?
I think very little Italian.
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