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04.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

AtPressTime

YOU GOT AN I.D. FOR THAT PIZZA?

Speaking of being 21-plus . . . it’s not often (or ever) that you have to show an ID to buy a pizza. But when your pie is served with liquor-steeped cherries, apparently you’ve got to be 21 to purchase it. Massachusetts pizza chain Salvatore’s “21-plus pizza” pies are in fact made with enough alcohol to necessitate the regulation. The first of the bunch, the Vignola Cherry Pizza, is topped with fresh mozzarella, Gorgonzola, prosciutto, orange blossom honey and Italian cherries soaked in raspberry vodka. According to corporate chef Victor Paone, the recipe was the product of a series of experiments with cherry pizza. When the dried cherries proved too tough, they tried rehydrating them in liquor with successful results and thus was born the concept of a “21-plus” pizza pie. Who knows, this could be the start of a whole new spiked toppings trend.

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