This is why you're fat: Pizza Hut revealed a cheeseburger ringed pizza! This is currently only being sold in the Middle East, but knowing America's craving for fat infused foods I can only imagine will be a matter of time before we see people getting fatter off these pizzas here.
On a recent trip to Italy, I visited Rome...or what could be considered The Pizza Mecca. I sampled several pizzas from well known pizzerias and non-pizza focused restaurants alike. But in Rome, even the random sidewalk cafe serves a quality pie. The details:
Four cheese. Delicious cheese meld. Soft crust but not doughy. Heavy on the oil. This place was sort of random and maybe a tourist trap, but a pleasant surprise nonetheless. For a sauceless pie this was as good as it gets. Unfortunately I considered this writeup after eating, but you can still check out the crusts:
The Glass Bar & Restaurant:
Margherita. This one was all about the sauce. So tangy, almost tart (in a good way). Perfect amount of light cheese, with a nice thin crust. Not too greasy, dry bottom crust. The crust may have been a bit too tough for me, but great otherwise (splittin' hairs here).
Mozzerella. Sheet style pizza, rectangular slices cut into pieces with scissors. This one was all about the crust. While the picture might lead you to believe otherwise, it was not bready or thick focaccia style pizza. The crust was crispy on the bottom, fluffy in the middle. Light on the sauce, with a nice crunch. Anthony Bourdain visited here for an episode of The Layover, and while we didn't meet him, the owner seemed super nice to us as well. The picture doesn't necessarily do it justice, it was insanely good, one of the best pizzas I've ever tried.
Antico Forno Marco Roscioli:
Margherita. Long (like 4 feet) oblong sharped pizza, which sort of blew my mind (check out the pic). I hear this is more of the old school variety of classic Roman pizza. A more straightforward crust, very chewy. Mild sauce. Solid but nothing too out of the ordinary. But this is Rome, so to put it another way...if I lived near this place, I'd get it regularly.
Da Baffeto II:
Sausage. Ultra thin (maybe thinnest ever) and huge for a personal pie. Blackened (burned) edges. Very creamy cheese blend. Excellent sauce/cheese meld. Virtually no edge to the crust, same thickness (or thinness) throughout. I'm not usually a folder, but it's almost necessary here. You could fold the entire thing into a huge, skinny calzone. If I had to nitpick, the center was a little underdone for me, but that could be expected for a pizza this thin and large. Slice Pizza Blog did a nice review, check it out.
Gusta Pizza (Florence):
While it's not in Rome, I had to mention this gem. This pizza might have had the best sauce I've tasted on a pizza. Here's a pic of our table:
While they were all great on their own, if I had to rank em:
#1 - Pizzarium
#2 - Da Baffeto (Gusta Pizza)
#3 - Glass Bar
#4 - Antico Forno
#5 - Do Bar