we had a nice hot summer Pizza Night last night. Great company, interesting conversation, a little wine and a superstar guest Pizziolo. Many lessons learned, invaluable advice taken. Thanks to everyone who was there! the picture is of a very nice margarita with ricotta and Buffalo Mozzarella. it had a great texture. Sorry for the poor photos. my camera was inside and it fogged up when I tried using it. today we made some dough, got a few more great tips, and then ate more pizza at Bettola.
Dear Bill, I express to you and your wife my gratitude for your opulent hospitality. I was so enchanted with the food, wine, great company, and your gentle nature. My sister, who recently moved to Alabama, sent me a text an hour ago, asking me how I liked my brief stay in Alabama and Georgia. I replied that, there is an indescribable charm to the South. . . Later, she sent me the following gnom:"The South, the place where… Tea is sweet and accents are sweeter. Summer starts in April. Macaroni & Cheese is a vegetable. Front porches are wide and words are long. Pecan pie is a staple. Y'all is the only proper noun. Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy. Everything is Darlin'. Someone's heart is always being blessed."
As someone who has adopted the United States as his new home, I still have a lot to learn about this land.
During my very brief stay, Bill took me to Pizzeria Betolla in Birmingham, Alabama, where I had the chance to meet the owner/pizzaiolo James Lewis, to see his wood-fired oven (crafted by Forno Napoletano), and to enjoy his pizza Margherita. I am thankful to Mr. Lewis for his warm reception. Next, we headed, unfortunately without Bill, to Atlanta, Georgia, where I had a pizza Margherita (with buffalo mozzarella) at Antico Pizza. Indeed, the pizzeria gets very busy! Shortly after we walked in, a long line of patrons formed by the front door. I liked the fact that customers had to share tables with people they did not know, akin to L'antica Pizzeria Da Michele. At my table, a very long table, I witnessed a couple of customers exchanging pizza slices with one another, although they did not know each other. That was great!