Wednesday, March 21, 2007

good pizza in Zurich?

OK, I recant my previous rash statement that all pizza is horrible in Zurich. I had a very nice pizza tonight at Santa Lucia in the Niederdorf - good crust, yummy toppings. And I've heard there are at least two other well-known places in town I should try. And of course, I've had plenty of horrible pizza back in the US. So I reconsidered my objections and decided that a) I complain too much and b) my real complaint is that pizza here is expensive. The personal pizza I had tonight was 25 francs (~$21). In Italy, this same pizza would have been maybe 8 euros (~$11). The most expensive pizza at Chez Panisse is $17. The most expensive at Spago Beverly Hills is $20 and it has caviar on it. Expectations change when you pay more. Yes, I live in Zurich where everything is overpriced so I should just get over it. But what's the fun of having a blog if you can't complain a little and commiserate with your friends?

2 comments:

Astrid said...

Hey, I don't think you complain too much and I would tend to agree, I'm very critical of food in Zurich because it's so expensive. For any restaurant I go to, I instinctively judge them on what the French call "le rapport qualité/prix", or the quality/price ratio. That's why I was disappointed by restaurants in Le Marais when I moved there in the 2001. They were certainly quite OK, but so expensive, I couldn't enjoy my meals. Whereas on my last trip to Paris, my most enjoyable meal was in a Japanese soup kitchen where I got a big bowl of soup with lots of stuff in it and 6 gyoza for 10 €.

Margaret said...

I used to buy big, drippy, greasy slices of pizza on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley for $1 each. That's my base of reference. I agree with you: prices are crazy here. They are crazy enough in the supermarket, but if you actually want to go out and consume something, forget it. Even by Swiss standards, I find 25 francs for a pizza excessive.

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