No oregano on my Margherita, please!
December 19, 2007 5:28am CST
Inspired by a thread on mistakes in cooking pasta, here is the number one mistake I've noticed in pizzas, expecially if I eat it outside of Italy: The margherita pizza should have tomato, cheese and BASIL. Basil, not oregano! Most pizzerias outside of Italy use oregano, and it's not good, I don't like the taste of oregano+ cheese. If you don't have basil, don't use nothing , a pizza with cheese and tomato still tastes good. Oregano should be used only in a pizza called Napolitan: tomato, oregan, garlic. Sadly, this mistake is made even by pizzerias of the north of Italy, so keep attention!
30 Dec 07
well said Rowena! yeah even in the frosted pizza they put oregano on the cheese, it tased yuck! I've never had a Margherita with oregano here in italy only when I buy frosted one... You know here Napolitan is tomato, oregan and anchovies... the one you wrote is Roman... bah we don't even have the same names in Italy... go figures!
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19 Dec 07
LOL, when I first saw the topic, I thought you were talking about the mixed drink! I was like...oregano on your margherita..glass? gross. LOL...but the pizza sounds terribly yummy....I will remember that...basil not oregano! got it!
19 Dec 07
Oh dear! I guess I have it wrong then! I love oregano and put in on all my pizzas if I have it and anything else with a tomato sauce! I suppose it's just a personal taste as it's my favourite herb. Whoops! I remember having the best pizza I'd ever eaten in Sorrento, Italy though. It was unbelievable. No doubt it was how it was meant to be made.
19 Dec 07
don't worry, it's ok :) Oregano is good on pizzas, I just don't like it on the cheese^^ Oregano on tomato sauce, with ingredients different than cheese, is very good. It's just that if a pizzeria makes me pay for a Margherita, it better be the real recipe Do you want to know something funny? I've heard that in france if you don't use oregano on Margherita the costumers get angry *laughs* I guess it's hard to please everyone...