Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 05:06PM
An Argentine winemaker told me how much Argentine people love their pizza and what a big deal it is down there. This made sense to me as many people from Argentina originally came from Italy. As a Chicagoan and a lifelong fan of pizza, I had to do my duty and give their version a try. While in Mendoza, we visited a local cafe that had been in business for over 50 years and pizza was their specialty. I saw the oven was very similar to the ones found in the famous pizza joints in New York and thought, hey I could be on to something here. For toppings we selected olives, anchovies, peppers and ham and voila this is what we got. Mind you the olives had pits in them. It actually was not as bad as it looks but I would not really call it a pizza as it was more of a cheese bread. The crust was very thick and slightly crunchy with a very thin layer of tomato sauce. Next came several slices of mozzarella cheese, a blanket of deli ham and well you can see the rest. If not good, it was certainly memorable and I just had to share.