Correction: Pizza Brazil Style… except for Sao Paulo.
As per Meredith’s suggestion, tonight I indulged in pizza with a dash of ketchup and a smattering of mayo. Apparently, such a dish brings back fond memories for my husband of sitting in his neighborhood boteco in Rio and watching futebol. So between the endorsements of both Meredith and my husband, who am I not to take a leap with a new cuisine?
I am a fan of both ketchup and mayonnaise on certain foods (mostly on french fries or hamburgers). That being said, this was not a bad combination. You can’t really argue with it – ketchup is another form of tomato sauce and mayo is really, well, cheese made with egg. However, I felt that the ketchup overpowered the other flavors in the dish. It might have been that my ketchup was particularly tangy, and of course ketchup adds sugar, so perhaps with a milder ketchup I might have enjoyed the arrangement more.
Do I think that pizza needs ketchup and mayonnaise? No, not really. But I also don’t think that pizza needs to be doused in olive oil either like the paulistanos do. (I was horrified the first time my husband splashed olive oil across his pizza, learned from his previous years in SP. Isn’t the cheese oily enough?)
However, I can definitely see how this could be an acquired taste. Next time I have pizza, I might consider spreading a bit of ketchup and mayonnaise on one corner, just to be sure.