Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Four Weirdly Delicious Pizza Combinations

It’s easy to find yourself in a rut when it comes time to order a pizza. After all, most people tend to stick to familiar toppings and rarely express any willingness to try something unique or daring. While there is certainly nothing wrong with ordering a pepperoni pizza one week and extra cheese the next, it is also a surefire way to get bored with one of the most convenient and affordable dining options around.

The shame in all of this is that the potential combinations of toppings are seemingly limitless, meaning there is absolutely no reason for you to continue to suffer through a pizza order that seems increasingly bland. So when we asked our friends at Virtual Financial Group to step out of their comfort zone for weird pizza combinations they would be willing to try, we were impressed by the four options they came back with.

The Breakfast Pizza

The Breakfast Pizza should not be confused with the leftover slice that you eat cold the morning after your weekly pizza night. Instead, this type of pizza is a delicious option that combines some of the more common breakfast options -- bacon, scrambled eggs and potatoes -- with traditional pizza elements. Most pizzerias will be more than happy to whip one up for you as long as you don’t call during the peak of their dinner rush. Of course, this is a pizza that is well worth the trouble of learning how to make at home.

Deep Fried Pizza

Since pizza is not exactly a healthy option to begin with, why not go for broke by choosing a deep
fried pizza? A slice from this pie will remind you of everything you love about mozzarella sticks along with everything you love about pizza. Besides, every food tastes so much better when it is deep fried, so this pizza is absolutely worth a shot.

Indian Pizza

While it may come as something of a surprise, a lot of Indian-style food works incredibly well as
toppings on a pizza. With a ton of options, Virtual Financial Group recommends the Tandoori Chicken-style pizza to start out with, especially when the marinara sauce is flavored with the uniquely Indian garam masala.

Plum Tomato and Basil 

A more traditional option than the others that have been previously mentioned, the sweet plum tomatoes and fresh mozzarella offer a bit of a twist on the traditional pizza. With fresh-cut basil and parmesan cheese, there are few things more satisfying than a slice of this classic option.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Michele Frazier's A Traveler’s Guide to Pizzerias

A Traveler’s Guide to Pizzerias

Whether it is for business or pleasure, Michele Frazier’s frequent travels have given her the ability to
develop a comprehensive philosophy with regard to innumerable subjects. Of those subjects, one of the more interesting has to do with her advice on finding the best pizza in any city, with some of her recommendations coming as something of a surprise. As a pizza connoisseur, I find her insights absolutely fascinating and believe they are worthy of sharing. So if you travel often and can appreciate a good slice of pizza, the following advice will likely serve you quite well the next time you find yourself in unfamiliar territory.

On Finding the Right Local Pizzeria

According to Frazier, the best pizzerias are almost always the small family-run restaurants that are not so easily found by visitors. In order to find out which hole-in-the-wall pizzeria is really a hidden treasure, Frazier suggests asking several locals for their opinion. Everyone has different tastes and some people have odd preferences, so arriving at a consensus among the locals is the best way to guarantee a great slice. Obviously, anyone who suggests a national chain should be dismissed, but it is important to remember that if most locals agree that such a chain is best, they are really trying to tell you that the local pizzerias are not anything worth writing home about.

On the Cities Famous for Pizza

When traveling to New York and Chicago, it seems natural to seek out a slice of pizza that is true to the tradition of the city. This does not mean, however, that every pizzeria in Manhattan is outstanding, so Frazier suggests seeking out the establishments that have been around the longest. There are several pizzerias in Chicago that have been around for decades, and any one of these is a safe bet for a great slice.

While it may seem counterintuitive, Frazier offered an interesting idea when it comes to these famous pizza cities: If there is a New York-style pizzeria in Chicago, then there is a fairly good chance that the proprietor has quite a talent for pizza considering the level of hubris required to open a New York-style shop in a city that is so loyal to its own style. She also noted some off-the-radar cities for pizza, including New Haven and Portland, both of which have unique pizza options that are just as good as anything you might find in New York or Chicago.