Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Super Bowl party-goers last year chowed down on 4.4 million pizzas ordered from national chains. A National Restaurant Association survey puts pizza as the third most popular must-have food item at a Super Bowl Party behind salsa/dips spread and chicken wings.
When it comes to pizza, this pie eater is not picky. With the exception of most anything green (peppers, arugula, avocado, but lettuce is okay on a taco variety), I’ll devour any type that’s tasty: thick or thin crust, deep dish, Chicago, New York, Sicilian-style, round, square, you name it. The whiny guy that insists it’s gotta be this and can’t be that…that ain’t me.
However, I noticed a trend in the last few pizzas I’ve had from both restaurants and the freezer section that my taste buds aren’t all that thrilled about. It has to do with…
My beef, a la that elderly woman in the classic Wendy’s commercial is, what the heck happened? Where is it?
Seems folks have gotten skimpier and skimpier.
Is it just me, I wondered, or is disappearing sauce a pattern in the business?
It isn’t just me according to Pasquale “Pat” Bruno, Jr who wrote a column in a recent issue of Pizza Today:
“…if the trend in pizza is toward a thinner, lighter crust (and it is headed that way), then the sauce going on that pizza needs to be lighter as well.
“When it comes to pizza sauce these days, Less is better. That’s what I see as a big trend in pizza sauces. Far too long we have been drowning that pizza crust with too much sauce. Here’s the deal: use better tomatoes and you don’t have to use as much.
“My approach is to use only as much sauce as it takes to get the flavor balance needed for that perfect pizza.”
Bruno, Jr even advocates pizzas with no sauce or just a light brushing of oil.
To repeat, I am not finicky, and I’m just as cosmopolitan and adventurous as the next guy, probably more so. But in the desire to be creative and “different,” I submit we go too far and mess up a good thing, including banning or restricting sauce. Here are other examples from pizza.com:
Fig Pizza – sliced figs, onions, tomatoes, basil and cheese.
Sauerkraut & Pineapple Pizza – sauerkraut, pineapple slices, tomatoes and garlic
Potato Pizza - roasted potatoes, leeks and gruyere cheese.
Roasted potatoes, caramelized onions and pepperoni.
Spam Pizza - sliced Spam.
Honey Garlic Pizza – honey, roasted garlic sauce, spinach, onions and bacon.
Squid & Olive Pizza – sliced fried squid and black olives.
Onion and Grape Pizza - caramelized onions, cheese, and grapes.
Walnut Pesto Pizza - walnut pesto sauce, mushrooms, mozzarella and parsley.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza - peanut butter, jelly, banana slices.
Raisin Pizza – raisins, pepperoni, onions, broccoli and mozzarella.
Spaghetti and Potato Chip Pizza - crumbled onion & garlic potato chips over canned spaghetti.
Hummus Pizza - hummus, artichoke, and sun dried tomatoes.
Roasted Apple Pizza – roasted apple slices.
Sweet & Sour Pizza - sweet and sour chicken chunks, fried rice or noodles.
Chocolate Pizza – chocolate pudding and marshmallows.
Cranberry Pizza - cranberry sauce and turkey slices.
Salmon Pizza - smoked salmon, tomato sauce, mozzarella, onion and asparagus.
Coconut Crab Pizza – diced crab, coconut milk, onion, tomatoes and pineapple slices.
Corn on the Cob Pizza – fresh corn, salami, onions and olive oil.
Marshmallow Pizza – marshmallows and nuttella spread.
Orange Citrus Pizza - sliced oranges in any sweet sauce.
And some people go into convulsions at the mere mention of the word “anchovies.”
Potatoes on a pizza? NEVER!
As those Sunday NFL guys on TV like to say, "C'MON MAN!"
OK, let's get real. You're at a Super Bowl party next Sunday, and the host puts this out on a table...
Good grief, you don’t want that.
Now you’re talkin’.
And pour on the sauce!
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
This is serious.
Good for the Irish!
I want my inch!
What Girl Scout cookies did you order?
And don't forget my wife Jennifer's Culinary yes-yes blog.