Pizza: at its most basic bread dough, tomatoes and cheese subsequently baked for a few minutes. Although it does have its variants (Chicago and New York pies and calzones etc.), Pizza Pilgrims is all about going back to the Italian original. No frills here. Just two brothers travelling through Italy in search of the most authentic, high-quality pizza in Christendom.
There’s something wonderfully British about this book, and the chatty tone the Elliot brothers maintain throughout. Their focus on authentic Italian recipes stressing the best quality ingredients is constant, and cannot but make the reader aspire to make greater pizzas.
Good oils, cheese, tomatoes and dough are constant themes which continue to repeat themselves as the book progresses. While you can make a fancy pizza that’s very good, the Italians, and Elliot brothers take the approach that simplicity with the best quality ingredients are superior guarantors of quality.
Despite its title, other recipes do feature, too. The Elliot’s include a guide to making their favourite chocolate and hazelnut spread at home, stews, soups deserts. From sweet to savoury, they offer something for everyone.
Pizza Pilgrims is a fun, chippy book dedicated to some of the greatest Italian food. Highly recommended for pizza fanatics.