[PD] Pizza for Dinner - An evening In Cardoso
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A few days ago we decided to reach a pizzeria in the area, for one of the very few brackets in this period of Sars-Cov-2. Always with due precautions, we reached the town of Cardoso, at the foot of the famous Monte Forato. I don't know if you have ever heard of it, it is located in the province of Lucca and is a natural structure famous for its morphology: to give you an idea, the shape of a donut, with a central hole and an arch that connects the two side pillars of rock. Obviously I took some photos to show you what I'm talking about better. Fortunately, the venue had a removable cover. Initially closed, it was portrayed allowing us to admire the Monte Forato above from an excellent view.
Cardoso is a fairly cool place, both because it is inside a cove in the mountains, and because of the passage of the stream that runs alongside it. We have already been to this pizzeria more than once, a place where protect ourselves from the summer heat. Very friendly staff, we immediately started sipping the beer that they brought us, munching a few slices of freshly baked focaccia, a gift offered with a cover charge. The place had a lot of pizzas on the menu, not too many focaccia and even a calzone. I don't know if it's just a case linked to the moment or not, but the list of pizzas is particularly different from that of a common pizzeria. Virtually all the basic pizzas are missing, replaced by more refined flavors that do not disappoint. We waited for a short time, then the 3 pizzas and the focaccia for me arrived: all maxi format, even if the pizza is very different from the classic Neapolitan one. Its thinness and crunchiness make it look like a cracker, which acquires a little softness in contact with the side ingredients. Very tasty, even if particular compared to the versions that are usually found.
I was talking about particular tastes. Just to understand: I had focaccia with speck, four cheeses, and mushrooms; another had burrata, it looks like ham and something else; yet another had radicchio, gorgonzola, and vegetables; to finish we ordered an additional off-menu with courgette flowers, lardo and something else that I don't remember. It was all very good, perhaps the focaccia lacks a little on the quantity of the additional ingredients compared to the quantity of pasta present. I had never tried the zucchini flowers on pizza, but I must say that they have a very delicate flavor.
I can't tell you the bill, I didn't pay :) From the menu, I saw that the prices are average, perhaps slightly higher than the basic pizzas found in our area but a visit is worth it every now and then, also considering the tastes a little more sought after. The key thing is personal taste in terms of dough. The base is the opposite of a Neapolitan pizza with a soft edge as many are used to trying. Despite this, we were happy to have tried it once again.