Gosh do I love pizza. Everything about real authentic Italian pizza makes my mouth water and senses come alive. Visiting a pizzeria and smelling the warm, steamy and inviting aromas when your pizza is first served at your table is an experience in itself. It’s a real sensory adventure- the combination of flavours and textures give your pizza its character.
I will attest, being lactose intolerant, that stringy and rich cheese can be my last temptation, before I start to regret my meal. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many combinations of fresh ingredients that can spruce up any pizza and deliver the nostalgic, exciting and sensational pizza experience of your childhood days.
It starts with a fresh crispy crust, reminiscent of an old traditional bakery that tempts you to take a bite while it’s still warm; surprising your mouth with a crisp then, buttery melt. Not all crusts are made the same. The right pizzeria in Ottawa can make you lose yourself in the crust alone. An exquisite version of the perfect tomato sauce renders your mouth helpless to the tangy, spicy, tarty, fresh complication of flavours. The combination of fresh toppings gives your pizza its character: fresh garden vegetables and butcher ready curated meats and seafood, along with a combination of roasted and grilled antipasto toppings create countless possibilities for your slice. Choosing your ingredients is part of the fun!
You can enjoy a pizza that offers some of the textures of cheese like thinly sliced potatoes or grilled eggplant at your favourite pizzeria. Spicy curated meats like prosciutto or salami will deliver a kick to your bite. Fresh herbs and garlic or pesto will enliven your taste buds and divine olive oil will add a moist and succulent taste that can merge your ingredients and make those flavours dance in your mouth. Why not try a creative combination of mushrooms on your pizza, such as Portobello and porcini and anticipate the range of flavours. A seafood pizza, with toppings like mussels, shrimp and buttery mouth-melting salmon will add new textures and flavours.
If you only have a mild intolerance, you can be mindful of the cheeses on your pizza and choose either a light coat of cheese, or choose cheeses that are higher in fat content. As a rule of thumb, the higher the fat content, the lower the lactose index. Aged cheese is generally more tolerable than young cheeses for the lactose intolerant. So choose options like feta or gorgonzola over cheddar or mozzarella. Goat cheese is also more tolerable for most people.
The real ingredient to any spectacular pizza is freshness. Indulge guilty-free and cheese-free in the tastes and delights of a real pizzeria in Ottawa.