There are certain dishes or drinks you can use as a test to check the quality of a place. Simple things like ordering a G&T, an easy pasta with olive oil, garlic and parsley or when they have pizza, order a pizza marinara. Itâ€™s the most straitforward pizza you can get, only tomato paste, oregano and garlic. At ristorante da Luciano on Stromboli I take the test. â€śUno pizza marinara, per favore.â€ť To my surprise they add some delicious alice, anchovies, on top and fresh garlic, not the sometimes abundant amount of garlic oil.
So here is the score: the marinara is incredibly good, fluffy; thin crusted, Napoli style with good tomato pasta and pungent oregano. Itâ€™s been a long time that I have been so happy with a pizza marinara. A world away from the marinara I once ordered in an â€śItalianâ€ť restaurant (Peppino) in Villars, Switzerland. There they gave me a very bad pizza with deep frozen mussels, pink shrimps and chewy squid. â€śThis is a marinara.â€ť Said the waiter angry. â€śThis is obviously not an Italian restaurant.â€ť I replied. Oh well, now I will always have the marinara from da Luciano on Stromboli. The real deal (with some anchovies on top).