Want a taste of traditional Brazilian food, something that you’ll have trouble finding at home? You might be out of luck in Sao Paulo — their signature dish is pizza, according to this article. In fact, July 10th is widely known as ‘Pizza Day’ in Sao Paulo — a day when the citizens of South America’s largest city pay homage to their favourite food by overdosing on cheese and dough and every topping under the sun. But even if you’re not around for the July 10th, Sunday nights are unofficially pizza-night for Paulistanos — local pizza joints are crammed full of pizza lovers young and old.
Pizza came to Sao Paulo along with the influx in Italian immigrants in the early 20th century. But although in the rest of Brazil, ketchup is a common additive to the traditional pizza, ordering a bottle of Heinz with your pie in Sao Paulo is a no-no.
Pizza’s one of those things that seems to be everywhere these days. In fact, the best pizza I ever had (and I’ve had lots) was in Koh Samui, Thailand. As a lover of all things with cheese, I’m kind of excited to try Sao Paulo pizza — sans ketchup though (ick!)