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Story Deli: The Pizza with a Soul
We reached a calm place - there was no sign, no lights - only a paper on the door asking you to knock. I pushed the door to discover what looks like a kind of kitchen, a place that doesn't look as a restaurant. It was dark, candle lit and three long wooden tables take refuge. Three long wooden tables on which a set of knives, forks, napkins and olive oil bottles are posed. Still not realizing what's happening I lifted up my eyes from the iPad to discover the little details that constitute the place. A long wall of white fabrics separates the dining space from the kitchen and still calm takes over... Pure silence in a purity of white. Under the high white ceiling, a square restaurant oozes positive vibes, served by a single woman who barely speaks English. A paper menu, a table shared by many, sounds of the pizza oven and the candles that give some light, just for you to read the menu. I knew that food was going to be great, I just felt it.
- Fico: Goat's cheese, fig and olive tapenade, fresh red onion, capers, thyme and Parma ham served with a big heap of rocket, freshly grated Parmesan, a little roasted red pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Ham, Spinach and Gorgonzola: Prosciutto cotto, baby spinach, garlic, Gorgonzola, olives, mascarpone and a pinch of nutmeg served with freshly grated Parmesan, a little roasted red pepper, olive oil and fresh buffalo mozzarella.
- Dora Romero: Chorizo, smashed tomatoes, tomato passata, fresh red onions, mascarpone, rosemary oil, basil pesto and fresh buffalo mozzarella.
- Spinach, Spicy Sausage and Egg: Baby spinach, garlic, spicy sausage, egg, Parmesan, of pinch of nutmeg and a little crushed birds eye chilli served with freshly grated Parmesan, olive oil and sweet chilli sauce
The pizzas are simply unique on all levels. Every ingredient is felt richly and purely without covering the other. An olive oil like no other, tomatoes treated differently, peppers roasted with care, rocket leaves that cut so easily, Parma that's full of taste, chili to add a hint of sweetness, cherry tomatoes cut in half and cooked on the dough and organic rockets that erupt flavor... Unbelievable mix of heavily ingredients created an unidentified pizza that is so orgasmic.
The pizza with an egg is outstanding. Am I expressing myself enough? The chorizo pizza with all its ingredients is sweet and sour combined. Fico, with its figs and mountain of rockets is simply wow... I was there, after tasting four pizzas, and wishing I could eat more.
The best part is obviously the dough: A thin dough, thinner than a French crepe that's constituted purely of flour, water and salt. The thin, transparent dough that's so fresh and so crunchy reminded me of the Markouk bread we have back home. Despite its thinness, the dough isn't even slacked by the hundred ingredients, soft in the middle and crunchy on the borders, it just makes you moan from joy.