Prosciutto Pizza with Fresh Arugula Webisode, Vito Romani, Part 2: The Forno Bravo Expo
When we last watched Vito Romani, owner of Stella’s Pizza Pie, he made us his version of a Hawaiian pizza and it was pretty awesome. This time around he shows us his take on a prosciutto pizza with fresh arugula. As you will see, I was blown away by the flavor and aromatics of Vito’s infused garlic oil, which he used on both the pizza and as part of the dressing for the arugula. It’s a good reminder, I think, of how much of our gustatory pleasure is derived through the olfactory system — I’ve been told by wine experts, who seem to know about such things, that about 80% of what we experience as flavor is determined through the nose, not the tongue. Even now, months after filming this segment at the Forno Bravo Oven Expo, I can practically re-experience the joy of that warm garlic oil aroma wafting off this delicious pizza — it’s deeply embedded in my taste memory hall of fame. See if the vicarious thrill extends to you as you watch. If only we had Smellovision, you’d be hooked for life….
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