Today is the first day of Pizza Week! I was thinking about it so much, I got hungry for pizza and had to start early. Saturday I made this very simple pizza with nothing on it but olive oil, tomatoes, onion, and a sprinkling of salt.
In case you need a recipe, this one from my vintage TimeLife Foods of the World cookbook, “The Cooking of Italy,” is my favorite.
Now, my Brother-in-law’s Pizza Week rules:
1. You must eat pizza at least 1 time every day. It does not have to constitute a whole meal, but it can.
2. You must eat a standard size piece of pizza at least.
3. You can eat any type of pizza you want – thin, pan, Chicago style, etc.
4. You may eat pizza multiple times in one day.
5. You can put anything on the pizza you want (though meat is technically not allowed that week, please consult your priest or spiritual father to discuss your personal fasting rule).
6. You don’t have to be Orthodox or be giving up pizza for Lent to participate in Pizza Week (though that’s generally the point).
7. It is highly recommended that the next time you eat pizza after February 22nd at 11:59 pm is after the Anastasi Divine Liturgy on Pascha (generally about 1-3am on Sunday, April 12th.)
For vegans celebrating Cheesefare week, Orthodox vegans anyway, this is most beneficial if you plan to abstain from vegan cheese/pizza during Great Lent.
I will update later today with my first pizza, and hopefully another interview with the founder of Pizza Week!