What makes a Pizza "Gourmet"?
1. The Toppings
A Gourmet Pizza is best with locally grown, organic vegetables, meats and cheeses. The best tomatoes, seasoned properly with herbs used to make a great, rich sauce. You know it is going to be good since you may customize the pizza to your liking: extra sauce or light sauce, extra pepperoni or all vegetarian. A Gourmet Pizza is best when shared. Make it half-and-half for you and your friend. Or order two! It is not just about the food. It is about the experience.
2. The Setting
A Gourmet Pizza just is not gourmet if you are chowing down at the stadium or on the sofa, in front of the television. Sure those are great places to enjoy a pizza, but a Gourmet Pizza deserves respect. A fine restaurant or at home, a candlelit table, soothing music; it all sets the mood for the pleasure awaiting your taste buds. This will be more than a simple meal (though it is quite simple to put together), it is going to be a wonderful time with one or more special people in your life.
3. The Extras
Okay, some folks will say a good beer is gourmet enough for a Gourmet Pizza. But paired with the right wine, now you are talking. Sure, pizza and beer go well together, but wine makes it oh so fine. The thing that makes pizza the perfect food is that it is a complete meal in and of itself. You do not need side dishes or appetizers. If you are on a budget or a time crunch, nobody will mind that pizza is all there is. If you have the inclination, sides pair well with pizza and ice cream or another sweet dessert can round out the meal if desired.
4. The Company You Keep
You are not going to go to all the trouble of having a Gourmet Pizza in a fine setting, with all the rich extras, only to eat with your casual school or work friends. No. Like everything previously discussed, you need to hand-pick your friends with whom you shall enjoy this Pizza. You will want to surround yourself with people who are your confidants: your love, your lifelong pal, your closest sibling; someone, or a group of someones, who will appreciate all that goes into putting together that special meal.
5. The Gourmet Pizza Experience
Let’s face it, any kind of pizza goes with anything anywhere. Yet, to fully enjoy and fully appreciate a Gourmet Pizza, it is as much about the experience as it is the pizza itself. Choose the right environment, with the right people, and you are living in a very affordable lap of luxury.