A Slice of Rome

So you think you know pizza? I bet you haven’t tried pizza al taglio, Italian for ‘pizza by the slice’, literally ‘by the cut’. This type of pizza is baked in large rectangular trays and generally sold in square slices. It is known for its extraordinary crunchy crust and its airy bottom. This pizza 2.0 was invented in Rome and was brought to Rotterdam by the owners of Sugo. Since three months Amsterdam has a Sugo branch too. Do say ‘yay’ to this breaking news. The organic flour used comes from Vicalvi, a hamlet near Rome. It consists of both wheat and spelt – low on carbs, rich on protein. Many other ingredients are of Italian descent also: the cheese, the charcuterie, the tomato paste. The slices are as fresh as it gets and have toppings that will make you sing o sole mio instantly. Do you care for potato, truffle sauce, mushrooms and Parmezan cheese? Or pancetta, gorgonzola, spinach plus mozzarella? The one with caramelized onions, walnuts, olives, mascarpone and mozzarella is my favourite: sweet, smooth and cool. What else are you looking for in an Italian?

Pizza al taglio with caramelized onions, walnuts and mozzarella, one slice €3.40
Ferdinand Bolstraat 107, South (De Pijp)
+31 (0) 20 363 87 37
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm

The Avocado That Said Cheese

The Bilderdijkstraat is getting hotter day by day. I already bought pasta at Portami Via and lunched at Meneer en mevrouw Keus. Since a couple of weeks ago I score my 5-spices pork belly at Happy Happy Joy Joy and my avocado salad at Salad & the City: lettuce, rocket, avocado slices, walnuts, egg – semi-firm – and cherry tomatoes drenched in a honey-musterd dressing. The most addictive ingredient is on top. I mean, who can resist ultra thin home-made cheese cookies? Thank god the salads on offer are not all about lettuce, but contain lots of more interesting ingredients, be it cheese, fish (salmon, prawn) or meat (smoked chicken, ham). The compositions of the salads will change each season, bestsellers excluded. The owners, Mirjam and Judith, are energetic and hospitable – ‘Have some water with lemon while you wait’. When both had office jobs (an university, a real estate agency) they hungered for healthy takeaway food. Now they deliver portions of vitamins by bike or make it for you behind the counter. Shake their hands and dance to their music.

Salad & the City
Avocado salad with bread and olive oil, one large portion, €11.00
Bilderdijkstraat 164, West
+31 (0) 20 233 32 41
Opening hours: Sunday-Friday noon-9pm (shop), Sunday-Friday noon-9pm (delivery)