PopeWatch: Pizza


Save ceremony, save general ceremony?

And what art thou, thou idol ceremony?

What kind of god art thou, that suffer’st more

Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?

What are thy rents? What are thy comings in?

O ceremony, show me but thy worth!

Henry V

PopeWatch has a great deal of sympathy for any Pope.  Elevated to the throne of Peter, a normal life is gone forever, and so many simple things become impossible for them.  This was demonstrated by Pope Francis in this poignant story:

After revealing earlier this month that he missed being able to grab a slice of pizza in peace, Francis received a delicious surprise from an Italian pizzeria on Saturday — a handcrafted pie in the Vatican’s colors delivered straight to his popemobile.

“The only thing I’d like to do is to be able to go out one day without anyone recognizing me and go get a pizza,” the pope said during an interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

Roberto Biscardi, owner of Pizzeria Don Ernesto in Naples, told The Huffington Post that his team jumped into action after hearing the pope’s comment.

“Pizza is the most important food in Naples,” Biscardi wrote to HuffPost. “That was a great occasion for us to give the Pope the love we have for him. He is a great person.”

The pizzeria’s head chef, Enzo Cacialli, used the Vatican’s official colors, white and gold, as inspiration. The pizza was topped with white buffalo mozzarella and yellow cherry tomatoes, with an added layer of fresh ricotta cheese, Biscardi said. With dough, Cacialli spelled out the words “Il Papa.”

In a YouTube video, Cacialli can be seen scrambling over a security barrier to hand the pope his creation. The pope’s vehicle slowed down slightly and Francis grabbed the pie with both hands.

“He said: ‘Thank you, son. I will eat it later,’” Biscardi said.

Go here to read the rest.  It is a sweet story although PopeWatch does wish that the Pope had mentioned one of the great truths of human existence:  Chicago Pepperoni deep dish pizza is the best pizza!

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  1. PopeWatch does wish that the Pope had mentioned one of the great truths of human existence: Chicago Pepperoni deep dish pizza is the best pizza!

    He’s already said any number of head-scratching things. We don’t need to add to the list.

  2. “Chicago Pepperoni deep dish pizza is the best pizza!”

    Old adage, “There is no accounting for taste.”

  3. Must be a Midwest v. East Coast thing–but, yeah, deep dish is generally better.

    Though my hometown has a great thin-crust place that I miss dearly.

  4. (I really miss the weird ones from the little pizza place under my apartment in Japan, though. I have no idea what was on one, but it tasted a bit like alfredo on breadsticks, and there was broccoli involved, and I’m pretty sure squid.)

  5. Foxfire: did you eat the pizza in japan with Tabasco sauce?? I miss those pizzas I had in Japan when I lived there.

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