Pizza with or without pineapple? This famous controversial which splits the pizza lovers, is the reason why six years ago, 9 February was declared World Pizza Day. On this same day, but in 2017, the president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, opened this debate on twitter. It became popular to the point that UNESCO decided that pizza should be Intangible Heritage of Humanity (which is hardly surprising).
How this wonder arose?
Pizza’s origin, flatbread made with flour, egg, yeast, olive oil and salt, dates back to the 1830´s in the Italian city of Naples where ‘Port’Alba’ (‘white door’), the world’s first pizzeria, opened its doors.
Another story tells of the birth of pizza in 1889, date in which the chef Raffaele Esposito made the Margherita pizza to honor of the then Queen of Italy, Margarita de Saboya. This pizza is the most classic with ingredients such as tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, oregano, and olive oil, the colours of the Italian flag, which is also the one that opened the door for the rest of the pizzas. Let’s look at the most famous pizzas.
Plenty of options to go crazy about
The four-cheese pizza, one of the most popular in the world. The four cheeses used has the Protected Designation of Origin certification: fontina cheese, gorgonzola cheese, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese; Neapolitan or Roman, the second most traditional in Italy. What distinguishes this pizza from the previous ones is its soft and spongy dough, slightly thicker than the orthodox Italian one, with thicker edges, as well as its ingredients: tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, anchovies, oregano, capers and olive oil.
We also have the Diávola pizza, which is distinguished by the spicy flavour of its sauce, with ingredients such as chorizo, salami, even chilly; the barbecue pizza with barbecue sauce, as its name suggests, and minced meat, born in the United States; the pizza carbonara, which has no tomato on its base, with ingredients such as egg, bacon, onion, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; finally, the calzone, a special pizza because it hides its ingredients inside (cheese, meat, tuna, vegetables, etc.), as it is covered with another pizza topping (cheese, meat, tuna, vegetables, etc.). It is covered by another dough of the same size as the base, in the shape of a pie.
International Pizza Day in Aleli
In Grupo Dani García, we love pizza that’s why our restaurant Alelí, arrived this last summer to get us addicted to their wooded oven pizzas, which are baked live in the traditional Neapolitan style, with a 48-hour fermentation.
A trip through the alpine country without having to leave Marbella, with its decoration inspired on the most authentic Italy with references such as ‘’ La dolce vita’’ by Federico Fellini or ‘’ The great beauty’’ by Paolo Sorrentino. You can enjoy iconic dishes from the Italian kitchen, with the stamp of our chef, Dani García.
That’s why to celebrate this special day, between the week of 8th and 17th of February during lunch from Wednesday to Friday ( 8th, 9th , 10th ,15th ,16th and 17th of February), we bring you a special menu, 25€ per person, with aperitive Viejo Negroni, pizza to choose, desserts and drink which will allow you to enjoy the most spectacular place in Alelí, in its open-air terrace.
Imagine the good weather in Marbella, with tables among the orange and lemon trees… you will be transported to the Campania region, in particular Sorrento, which is located on the famous Gulf of Naples. It is known as ”Land of color’s, of mermaids, city of gardens’‘; or the Amalfi Coast with its hilltop villages, such as Positano, of which the painter Paul Klee said that it is the only vertical village in the world as it rises above a cliff, and a the deep blue sea.
So, if you are a pizza addict, come to Alelí Marbella and enjoy our special menu to celebrate this day.