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Thursday, August 28, 2008
I’ve discussed pizza stores in Israel in the past. And yes, there are a few that are better than the average Israeli pizza store. But still, if there was one word that I had to use to sum up Israeli pizza, it would probably have to be “unsatisfying”.

No matter how many slices I eat, its missing something.

And I’ve tried variations. I’ve asked for extra cheese, I’ve asked for extra sauce, toppings, etc. It just doesn’t do it.

Another thing I noticed about Israelis is how proud they are of the selection of dairy products in the stores. They’ve got yoghurts and cheeses at 2%, 3%, all the way up to a whopping 32%! Look at that selection!

Ask for Cheddar, Munster, or Swiss, or some other variety, and more than likely they’ll have no idea as to what you are talking about.

Last night, while reheating pizza, my wife made an interesting recommendation. She said, take the 32% “Tal HaEmek” (by Tnuva) with its hint of Swiss, and put it on the pizza.

Five minutes later I am eating the best pizza in Israel. We’re talking texture, taste, satisfaction.

Could it be that simple? Could that have been the problem all along?

Is Israeli Mozzarella (or actually “Pizza” cheese) a light (low fat) cheese in Israel? Is that why it doesn’t look and taste right? Is that why I always walk away with that unsatisfied feeling?

I’m going with “Yes”.

Looking it up on various sources on the internet as well as different “pizza cheeses” and packages sold in the store, it is definitely clear that the fat range is always below 28% and is more often than not, some combination of cheeses with more than half being very low-fat cheeses.

There is no doubt that using this cheese, with a fat content that is somewhat closer to American Pizza Cheese, made all the difference.

Now what to do with this information?


Risa Tzohar said...

I always say that fat is what the Kadosh Baruch Hu put in food to make it taste good. The more the better. So of course this is what makes all the difference!

Rafi G. said...

open a pizza shop in downtown Jerusalem and rake in the money because your pizza is better than everybody elses!

BTW, I dont think pizza cheese is mozzarella (in Israel ate least). i think it is grated yellow cheese

Anonymous said...

what to do with this info?
hmm, maybe open a pizza shop?

Anonymous said...

I can see it now: get together with Jameel and open up your own fast-food joint: Pizza and Waffles To Go!

Leah Goodman said...

Where do you stand on Big Apple Pizza?
I find most pizza in Israel to be in the barely edible to completely inedible category.

Big Apple pizza with double cheese and tomatoes on top is pretty much the best I've come up with.

Anonymous said...

The best pizza I've had has been in Sanhedria. I think it's called City Pizza.

Pizza Sababa and Big Apple are OK. The rest I don't like.

Pesky Settler said...

Have you tried Domino pizza in the central bus station?

There's a quality cheese shop in the shuk where you'll be able to find the perfect cheese for your pizza. If you're coming in from the Shuk's parking lot, it's to your immediate right.

Anonymous said...

pizza Mai in Jerusalem the best in Israel

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