On the hunt for lunch? Stomach got you craving for some bubblin' cheese? Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world – but that doesn't mean you can't be picky. The legendary spherical cuisine comes in many forms and many styles, with plenty of topping options besides. Whether you're a pepperoni purist or a pineapple aficionado, today we're talking classic Italian – quality cheese, crisp veg, fresh meat. The four dishes on our list today look just as good as they taste, forged with love in the fire of the oven. No chain brand, cookie-cutter meals here! These are rustic, wholesome, full meals. Let's get stuck in!
1. The Rustica from Aperitivo
A drizzle of extra virgin olive on top, excellent pizza below. The Rustica from Aperitivo is a delicate assembly of salted gorgonzola cheese and sweet cherry tomato. This is an easy-going plate up: Parma ham and basil are the toppings of choice, with a rocket salad garnish to add some bite. A chewy base proves a great foundation and the level flavour palate allows for slice after slice of enjoyment without getting overwhelmed by richer ingredients. Aperitivo have thought to include everyone, too: a ham-less vegan version is also available for those so inclined.
2. Pizza Contadina at Al Vesuvio
Champions of the simple, elegant tenants of Italian cooking: the chefs and kitchen hands at Al Vesuvio are masters of the pizza craft. They know what works, how it works and why, and that's how they're able to put together such delicious nosh for us all to enjoy. Take the Pizza Contadina, for example. This one will treat your tongue to fragrant rosemary, deep Italian sausage and sliced potato on a bed of mozzarella cheese. Mmmph! It doesn't get much better than this.
3. The Aidan O'Shea by The Back Page Pizzeria
Time for an Irish twist on the Italian process! The Aidan O'Shea from The Back Page Pizzeria is an inspired topping combo, set to come fresh to your table with base tomato sauce, organic baby spinach, diced salami and buttered mushroom on a bed of Cork mozzarella. This dish is more than just pizza. It's a legacy. It's a testament to one man's palette. The subtle veg provides great texture, the salami a tickle of spice and the Cork cheese a modest base. Puffed, light dough sets the stage. All you have to do is take a bite and let the flavours sing.
4. The Nduja Pizza from Cotto
Here's one for the spice lovers! The Nduja Pizza from Cotto takes roasted pepper, red onion and hot Italian salami for top authentic flavour. Close yours eyes, pick up a slice and enjoy the taste of Southern Italy, ladies and gents. If you like your pizza with an extra kick, this dish is the one for you. Forget pepperoni and cheese from a local chain – go authentic. Go Nduja.
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