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    The original Four Seasons pizza?

    When chomping cheerily on a Four Seasons=Quattro Stagione pizza at Pizza Express last night, I wondered what were the original ingredients in each quadrant which were suppose to signify the four seasons.

    In the current incarnation there was:<UL><LI>(extra) cheese<LI>mushrooms cut small<LI>anchovies (yummy!), and <LI>thin circles of pepperoni sausage[/list]with the usual black olives, capers, etc, which may or may not have been associated with one of the seasonal quadrants.

    This web page suggests:
    There are many versions of this compartmentalized pizza to be found in Italy, and the toppings vary widely because it is made with whatever ingredients happen to be on hand. This one evokes the seasons with everything from spring artichokes and summer tomatoes to pungent fall olives and winter onions."

    Wikipedia says:
    Pizza Capricciosa ("Caprice Pizza"): mozzarella, tomato, mushrooms, artichokes, cooked ham, olives, oil (in Rome raw ham is used and half a hard-boiled egg is added;
    Pizza Quattro Stagioni ("Four Seasons Pizza"): same ingredients for the Capricciosa, but ingredients not mixed;


    Does anyone know of a definitive list of ingredients for the four seasonal quadrants, or is it just a pretty name for what happened to be around at the time that needed using up (as in my first reference)?

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    Re: The original Four Seasons pizza?

    John

    This is just a guess, but I believe that the reality of it depends on what ingredients are available at the time. I consider myself somewhat of a pizzaphile (Fast food? Yes. Junk food? No!) and have sampled the good oil in many countries. Locally available (fresh) ingredients always seem to play a big part; indeed, I was fascinated to see artichoke hearts feature on a Dutch pizza - never seen that down here in <img src=/S/flags/Australia.gif border=0 alt=Australia width=30 height=18>. The harsher northern hemisphere winters mean less available variety and (often to advantage) more innovation required in the local product.

    I feel we are terribly spoilt here with our pizzas, with copious fresh toppings available year round. BTW, what's a pizza cost in <img src=/S/flags/England.gif border=0 alt=England width=30 height=18> now? My "best deal" local buy is $4.90/ 5.90/ 6.90 for small/ medium/ large, with anything/ everything you like.

    In short, comparing your four seasons pizza with ours is not as simple as rotating it180

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    Re: The original Four Seasons pizza?

    Alan

    Pizza sellers in the UK have discovered that people will quite happily pay huge amounts (in your terms) for pizzas, perhaps
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    Re: The original Four Seasons pizza?

    Pizzas used to be an extremely profitable business in Australia before some extremely aggressive price wars.
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