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Radio Alice: the best pizza in London

9 May

What is special about pizza in London?

Not so much in the first place. I have seen fast food pizza places, pizza trucks and candle-lit Italian restaurants. No doubt about that: You will find a decent slice of pizza in London.

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I want to share a little story from my last night’s stroll around Shoreditch to celebrate my friend Birte’s birthday. A funny coincidence brought me to organic pizza and Radio Alice pizzeria as I bumped into the restaurant’s manager at the convenience store just around the corner on Old Street and ended up having a wine & chat at the restaurant.

Organic pizza, why is that supposed to be special? You can buy almost any food item organic these days. But will you also get served an organic meal in the restaurant? In 90% of the cases probably not. Cheap flour, products containing sugar and canned groceries can be found in almost any chef’s kitchen. What comes on your plate looks nice and tastes good most of the time but you will never ask what is inside. Think about it!

If you don’t trust the source and quality of the meat being served, you might go for a vegetarian meal. If you feel like you barely eat out, you might allow yourself to eat a meat dish.

If you had the choice, would you go to a restaurant that cooks with organic produce only?

This brings me to Radio Alice pizzeria: It has a strong passion for pizza made the proper way with the proper ingredients. All ingredients used come from Italy and are of organic quality. Even the wine served is organic. What is most impressive is that it doesn’t even cost more. I tastes better and is better for you though. Plus, the venue looks super nice, it is an open space loft-like restaurant with the pizza oven and an open kitchen in the middle, and plays fun tunes from the DJ pult. It has just recently been awarded Italian restaurant of the year by Gambero Rosso.

Definitely plan this one in on your next trip to London and don’t forget to book a table: http://www.radioalicepizzeria.co.uk/bookings. The restaurant crew will be happy to serve you what is London’s healthiest and tastiest pizza!

Not from London? Not a problem: Berberè is this pizzeria’s sister in Italy with branches in Milano, Firenze, Bologna, Torino and Castelmaggiore, following the same philosophy.

How to make the best pizza in the world

16 Feb

A pizza is a pizza is a pizza. Well, not quite. Different toppings give you a variety of tastes. Some like it salty with anchovy, some meaty with bacon and pepperoni and others like it sweet with pineapple. The dough and the tomato sauce remain pretty basic though. To give your pizza the extra edge, I like to play around with different variations of the pizza sauce. Plain tomato sauce will do as well but I recommend one of my two creations.

P.S. We had our home-made pizza for three meals this weekend, what a pizza feast ;)

Holicious pizza sauce

Pizza sauce I

Ingredients:

3 table spoons tomato paste (concentrate)

2 table spoons sweet mustard

1 garlic clove, pressed

1-2 table spoons olive oil

1 teaspoon anchovy paste

2 table spoons caper juice or tap water

Italian herbs (thyme, rosemary, estragon)

Preparation:

1) In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well.

2) Store in a jar in the fridge. Ideally let the sauce sit for 1-2 hours to get the full aroma.

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Pizza sauce II

Ingredients:

1 jar sundried tomatoes in oil

2 garlic cloves

Preparation:

1) In a blender, combine the sundried tomatoes with approximately half of the oil from the jar and the 2 garlic cloves.

2) Blend everything and either use the sauce immediately or put it back in the jar and store it in the fridge.

Pizza and spicy pizza oil

4 Nov

Home-made pizza dough

This week we had a pizza feast at our house with loads of home-made pizza. What gives your pizza the extra kick is when you make the dough yourself, it’s not even that difficult. And it’s great fun if you invite a group of people as you can make different toppings for every taste.

Ingredients:

500g flour

1 pack of yeast (fresh or dry)

1 pinch of salt

250ml luke-warm water

2-3 table spoons olive oil

Preparation:

1) Mix the flour with the yeast and the pinch of salt.

2) Add water and oil and stir quickly (either with your hands or with the mixer).

3) If you use your hands, make sure to work the dough well, you are even allowed to punch it and get rid of your negative energies :)

4) Cover the dough (not air proof, don’t use a lid, rather use a towel) and put it aside at a warm place for about 30-45 min (until it has doubled its size).

5) After having heated up the oven, roll out the dough on a tray (very thin, max 3 mm thick), garnish with your toppings of choice and put it in the oven for about 20min at 200 Celsius.

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Pizza oil

Spicy pizza oil is a great Christmas gift for the whole family and it gives the extra kick to your pizza (drizzle it with a few drops before eating it). I sometimes also use it to make salad dressings (the garlic aroma is amazing).

Ingredients:

1 liter olive oil

a handful of fresh chilis

min 5 cloves of garlic

whole pepper corns

Preparation:

1) You will need a bottle with lid (to close the bottle air tight).

2) Finely chop the garlic and the chilis and together with the pepper corns place them at the bottom of the bottle.

3) Fill up with oil.

4) Close the lid of the bottle and let stand at a dark place for at least 1 week before you start using the oil.

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