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Re: How Is Domino's Pizza in Switzerland?

Pizza wise, Santa Lucia is great. They do take-aways too. Beats Dominoes any day - which is a place I consider to just fill your stomach. Having said that, I am strangely addicted to their garlic bread here
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Old 24.01.2011, 15:22
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Re: How Is Domino's Pizza in Switzerland?

All this talk of modifying frozen pizzas and all...I miss the buitoni pizza dough in Switzerland.



Pick your sauce (I'd break from tradition and use a creamy garlic sauce, yum!), add your toppings and bake. Very easy and very tasty. They need to sell these in the UK
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Old 24.01.2011, 15:26
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Pizza wise, Santa Lucia is great. They do take-aways too. Beats Dominoes any day - which is a place I consider to just fill your stomach. Having said that, I am strangely addicted to their garlic bread here
That reminds me of a business dinner with a German vendor there:

"I'd like to have pizza number 24."

"Er, that is not an ID, it's the price."
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Having said that, I am strangely addicted to their garlic bread here
Same here, always with salami, it's so cheap too. Makes a full meal!
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Old 24.01.2011, 17:09
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No pizza is not junk food...not what I meant. But in the States, Domino Pizza is!!

I also crave McDonald's too since coming here, and luckily it's way better in Switzerland. I hadn't eaten @ McD for years before moving to Europe. Their fries are my go to comfort food on homesick days!
Dominos is definitely near the bottom of the quality pizza list in the US. My favorite pizza in Zurich was at Miracle. Very thin but very good. I admit I did not regularly sample all pizzas in Zurich. My best Pizza ever was in Como Italy, don't remember the place, but it was heavenly, it was an Italian restaurant not specialized in pizza.
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Old 24.01.2011, 20:33
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The Pizza situation is rather miserable here in Switzerland. Either you you for the cheap, bland option and order from one of the many Kebab places ( with many of them lacking some serious hygiene principles)...or you'll spend and arm and a leg for it at an overpriced restaurant.
There are a few lowprice-restaurants around, offering good pizze at reasonable prices (examples are one at Limmatplatz, or the Restaurant Bahnhof in Glattbrugg). For real Turkish Kebabs, go either to the Marmara-Manesse at Manessestrasse in Zürich or to the Bodrum in Rüschlikon, for real Arab Kebabs you have the choice between Palme de Beirut at Bertastrasse, Cèdre at either Badenerstrasse or at Schifflände, the Sultan at Hönggerstrasse 120 or the Tifo at General-Wille-Strasse 18 near Bhf Enge.

But I anyway prefer Spaghetti or a Piccata Milanese or some Italian lamb specialities, when eating Italian. I generally avoid the "chains" however.
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Same with having "only" pasta for dinner - in Italy a bowl of pasta is a starter, not a meal.

Domino's here is good, or at least better than it is in other countries. I used to order the Jamaican Bombastic (amazing - creme fraiche, pineapple, jalepenos, green peppers and onions) but they've lost me as a customer since discontinuing it.

I would never order domino's in the UK but here it tastes much more like "real food" and is less greasy.

I found Dieci pizza to be pretty good, but for me the best pizza in Zurich is Santa Lucia (in Bellvue, great authentic pizza oven). They also have my favourite pizza - Margherita (hot) with (cold/raw) Parma ham, rucola and tiny mozzarella marbles on top. Yum.
In "classic" Italian cuisine, the Pasta is the 1st of two main courses, but this of course is geared for the relatively wealthy. For a good part of the Italian population, it simply always was either pasta as THE meal or meat/fish with pasta or noodles as side-things. The budget-variant therefore of course was a kind of pasta. The best option in Italy of course is if you get invited for meal by a family where the Mamma is a professional cook
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It is just such a ridiculous thing to bring up in the first place, that you must be serious. And, as I said, I hear it way too often in these parts.
Sure, particularily from people who fail to realize that there in the USA are almost as many people of Italian origin than Italians in Italy

"American Pizza" to some extent clearly is, therefore, an Italian success-story, even if those immigrants ages ago have become US citizens and so regard their success quite correctly as a "US-American success story" !
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But I anyway prefer ... some Italian lamb specialities, when eating Italian. I generally avoid the "chains" however.
That's wise.

You wouldn't want to get them stuck in your teeth...

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I think he means that yellow crap they put on chicken sandwiches here. Tastes like turmeric and sugar.
That stuff has nothing to do with turmeric. It is a mix of cream, some curry flavour and safran (for the colour).
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That stuff has nothing to do with turmeric. It is a mix of cream, some curry flavour and safran (for the colour).

Turmeric, then.
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I'm very intrigued by this "Greek" pizza mentioned on the thread. What is it? Where does it come from? Is it a North American invention, or does it actually come from Greece?

I never saw anything like that when I lived there, but I never saw hummus, either. Greek cuisine tends to be very localised like that.

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Certainly!

The Ancient Greeks and the Romans were both known to make flat breads ("plakos"?), with added herbs, oils n stuff to give it some flavour - these flat breads have been traced back to neolithic times in origin.

Despite Wolli's wildly inaccurate (yet oft-repeated) claim that the origin of pizza is "leftovers", the modern pizza's origin can be identified as The Great Step Forward Of Italian Cuisine, when some einstein of a Neapolitan -. whilst sitting on his vespa on his way to work at the Department Of Loud Shouting And Violent Gesticulation - thought the unthinkable and slopped some tomato sauce onto flat bread.

Thanks to such inspiration and insight, the world of toasted cheese would never be the same again. We salute you, Albert Neopolitan.


BTW, a bit before that, round about the 12th Century AD, an Italian called Parco Molo introduced spaghetti to the Far East, where it became known as "noodles".
These noodles became so popular in China that the Chinese actually stooped so low as to fake their own history, to make it look like they had invented noodles around the 4th or 5th Century BC, thus beating the Italians to it by some sixteen thousand years

We salute you, Porco Malo.

If you want to hear more about how Italians pioneered the cooking of vegetables and meat in hot water - an invention in the vanguard of culinary achievement that would later come to be known as "soup" - don't hesitate to ask.

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Turmeric, then.
Yes and No. I recently bought real Turmeric, which is clearly different from the Safran/Saffron sold here. Really bad however is that many Swiss restaurants who have some "curry meals" on the menu use the kind of "Baby-Curry" which contains a lot of cream and only some ounces of the mildest Migros Curry available !
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Really bad however is that many Swiss restaurants who have some "curry meals" on the menu use the kind of "Baby-Curry" which contains a lot of cream and only some ounces of the mildest Migros Curry available !
I shouldn't imagine they do raclette very well in the Punjab, either.
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I shouldn't imagine they do raclette very well in the Punjab, either.
Unless the owner is a native Swiss, or a Punjabi who grew up in Lausanne or Sion or Fribourg or Neuchâtel. True, but what I detest is that many Swiss restaurant owners mentally still are in the 1950ies, and fail to understand that much of their clientele nowadays is well acquainted with Indian and Chinese cuisine. The situation over the past 20 years HAS improved to some extent, but more improvement is the demand of the day. Beside the point that the Swiss gastronomy in particular and Switzerland in general much depends on Inbound tourism which is, just behind the export industry, the money earner nr 2 !
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Beside the point that the Swiss gastronomy in particular and Switzerland in general much depends on Inbound tourism which is, just behind the export industry, the money earner nr 2 !
Well: The touristic places are actually aware of this. I had better Chinese food in Zermatt than in any Swiss city. (And I have recently heard that the Thai food there is also the real deal vs the watered down Zurich version.) I'd bet it is the same in St. Moritz and Gstaad - they simply have the customers that would not accept the stuff an average Zürcher is willing to pay for.
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Well: The touristic places are actually aware of this. I had better Chinese food in Zermatt than in any Swiss city. (And I have recently heard that the Thai food there is also the real deal vs the watered down Zurich version.) I'd bet it is the same in St. Moritz and Gstaad - they simply have the customers that would not accept the stuff an average Zürcher is willing to pay for.
Very true: some of the best Indian food I've ever had in Switzerland was in a Punjabi restaurant in Interlaken: food cooked by Indians for Indians, and not a jar of "curry powder" to be seen anywhere in the establishment.

... and better yet, not a single middle-aged European woman in a sari, neither!
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I shouldn't imagine they do raclette very well in the Punjab, either.
Damn! I must have missed that episode of The Ascent Of Man - the one where Prof Brunow covered the myriad hidden intricacies, the unexpected difficulties and subtle challenges inherent in this, the veritable zenith of of mankind's achievements; namely, boiling some spuds, chucking them and a couple of pickles on a place, and dumping melted cheese on top.


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Late in the reaction process, lumps of antique, dehydrated, aerated vegetable starch are intermittently added, and the whole thing unleashed on an unsuspecting publics' stomachs.

These WMDs (Wedges of Molten Detritus), are expected to cause a lot of pain, upset and heartburn to a lot of people, but hey, business is business, after all.

The aliens told me this this just before they left; in fact, just when we were about to say our fond adieus, so that's what I've decided to call it - "Goodbye Money".

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That stuff has nothing to do with turmeric. It is a mix of cream, some curry flavour and safran (for the colour).
Wolli, there is turmeric in there: fact. I can taste the bitterness anywhere. You really think out of the two yellow spices in the world they're using the most expensive, rather than the cheapest?
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... Which is in Europe.
Where did the tomato come from?
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