Mention a pizza with pineapple and it is likely to make most Italians cringe with shock and awe. But the most heretic pizza with unusual and unexpected ingredients is the Pizza Rossini, a pizza margherita with egg and mayonnaise that will take centre stage at the first ever festival organised in Pesaro, Italy between 28 and 30 September.
This pizza, a tribute to Rossini is very simple. It is made with a margherita base, generous amounts of hard-boiled egg and mayonnaise are added. It may sound bizarre but according to the most sceptics, it is still excellent. In this city in the Marche, the Rossini-mania has taken over moving from music to pizza.
The festival, that will be organised in Piazza del Popolo in Pesaro, is part of the celebrations on the 150th anniversary of the death of Rossini. The aim is to make this recipe, a symbol of this city, known to as many people as possible. The name of the pizza pays tribute to a composer who is world famous. He is author of the Barber of Seville among many other masterpieces but he never got to try this pizza because it was invented years after he died. But he was also an innovator in the kitchen where he loved to explore new flavours. At the age of 37, he stopped composing music to spend his time creating recipes.
From 17 September, citizens will be able to vote for the best Rossini for breakfast, lunch or dinner through an online contest. On the first day of the festival the best three pizzas will be in competition and the public will decide which is the best pizza Rossini. There will be a competition between the world champions of pizza and pizzaiolos from Campagna who will create their interpretation of the Pizza Rossini.