The Togetherness Of Pizza

Everyone knows that one of the best things in the world is pizza.

I get annoyed when people say that they don’t like pizza in the same way I get annoyed when people say that they don’t like sandwiches.  Unless you don’t like bread, they’re really overly generic statements given the variation in each type of flavour and toppings / fillings in each.

So it was intriguing to see news as reported in The Times:

Detainees at an immigration removal centre are complaining that the food served up is too English and does not suit their tastebuds, according to a report. The 400 inmates at Yarl’s Wood in Bedfordshire do not like dishes such as fish and chips and pizza. The Independent Monitoring Board inspectors suggest that “more culturally diverse” food should be available.

“Too English” and “pizza”.  I accept that the pizza may well have been made in England, but it’s not typically considered quintessential English cuisine in the same way as fish and chips.

The origin of pizza is one of those that I believe to be a misconception, although I’ve never truly found any authority on the issue.  I thought it to be American rather than Italian, but there are suggestions that it actually originally came from the Middle East where topped flat breads were cheap and convenient.

Apparently in 1889, to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, a pizzamaker in Naples called Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita”, a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, to represent the national colours of Italy as on the Italian flag.

Give the man a medal.  In fact, perhaps more importantly, let’s big up the Queen for eating “peasant food”!

So we’ve established that the Independent Monitoring Board may not know what they’re talking about, but have they also missed the greatest thing about pizza?

The fact that it can be shared.

(Let me stress here that if there is only enough pizza for one person then it is not shared.  There needs to be enough, but given how great pizza is, you will always order lots.)

Is there any better food to eat with people in front of the TV?  Everything else requires plates and cutlery and, well, manners.  Pizza is ready in the box, you just need to reach over and take a slice.  For me, pizza is synonymous with spending time with people and, for that reason, I don’t think it should ever be removed from a menu.

Here come old flat top
He come grooving up slowly
He got joo joo eyeball
He one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what you please.

He wear no shoe shine
He got toe jam football
He got monkey finger
He shoot Coca-Cola
He say I know you, you know me
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together right now over me

He bag production
He got walrus gumboot
He got Ono sideboard
He one spinal cracker
He got feet down below his knee
Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease
Come together right now over me

Right!
Come
Come…
Come…
Come…

He roller coaster
He got early warning
He got Muddy Water
He one Mojo filter
He say. “One and one and one is three”
Got to be good looking ’cause he so hard to see
Come together right now over me

Oh!
Come together
Yeah

Come Together by The Beatles

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