So you think you know how to eat pizza? Just pick up a slice and away you go.
Not so, according to the master chefs behind this great big, bountiful book filled with tips for buying, cooking and eating Italian foods—a true learning experience for the novice, sophisticated cook and food lover alike.
Oscar Farinetti, the founder of Eataly, and his associates, Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich, and Adam and Alex Saper, say pizza should be eaten like this:
Use a knife and fork to cut a triangular slice of pizza and cut off the point end, transferring it to your mouth. Continue to work your way up toward the crust with bite-size pieces. When you get near the crust, it’s okay to pick it up.
How do you choose an olive oil and read an olive oil bottle? “Olive oil is like wine,” writes Farinetti, “in the sense that you shouldn’t cook with an olive oil you wouldn’t consume in a raw state.”