No oregano on my Margherita, please!

Italy
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!
5 responses
@eiencafe (155)
• Italy
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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• Italy
30 Dec 07
italiana anche tu? Where do you live? the name of the pizzas change from city to city but at least Margherita is always the same :D
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@eiencafe (155)
• Italy
1 Jan 08
Yep, italiana:D vicino a Milano. Yes Margherita is the same even in England (even if my American friend didn't know what it was so maybe it isn't "Margherita" in America lol :D )
• United States
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!
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• Italy
19 Dec 07
LOL! Margarita glass with oregano... bleeargh XD This type of pizza is called Margherita in honor of Queen Margherita that appreciated it , and it has the colours of the italian flag (white red and green)
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• United States
19 Dec 07
That is really cool. Food that has history...gotta love it.
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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.
• Italy
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...
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• Italy
22 Dec 07
I like margherita even with oregano on it. Well the truth is I like everything, only eating is important :) Just joking.
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@cianoy (513)
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
No I didn't know that. It doesn't have garlic? I read somewhere that for Italian dishes, the big three spices are garlic, basil and oregano.