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The Pizza World Championship

February 21st, 2017 | By Melanie Pohl in Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

Every year there is the Pizza World Championship. This year, the 26th edition, will also mark the participation Parco San Marco. Yes, you read right! Our pizza maker Horace will challenge the best players in the world as a representative of the Beach Lounge & Pizzeria San Marco during the great and famous event which will be held in May, 8-10, in Parma.

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There are 11 categories for which you can compete including in Pala Pizza, Pizza Pizza Larga and classic to which we have subscribed. This is undoubtedly THE event dedicated to the most-loved dish in the world and which happens to represent Italian excellence. To be precise: the pizza.

Today pizza has reached starry levels with more sophisticated products and prepared by real gourmets. But how did the real pizza come about?

The history of pizza is long, complex and uncertain. The first written records of the word “pizza” date back to common Latin. In the sixteenth century in Naples, a flat bread it was given the name pizza derived from the mispronunciation of the word “pitta”.

Before the seventeenth century, the pizza was covered with white sauce. It was later replaced with olive oil, cheese, tomatoes or fish. The marinara pizza dates back to 1734, while the Margherita pizza can be dated somewhere between 1796-1810. In June 1889, to honor the visit of Queen Margherita of Savoy of Italy, chef Raffaele Esposito who was a chef at the pizzeria Pietro…e Basta Così (founded in 1780, which still exists today under the name Brandi pizzeria) prepared the “Pizza Margherita”. A pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag, green, white and red, the chef in fact gave it the name “Daisy” (“Margherita” in Italian) in honor of the Queen of Italy.

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Slowly, the popular home-made focaccia enriched with tomato spread to all social classes and in all Italian regions, and with it the specialization in local pizza preparation: the first ovens probably meant that the pizza was eaten standing on the street, then later trattorias and pizzerias were built.

We are confident that our pizza maker will impress everyone with his great experience. And you, have you already tried one of his pizzas? What are you waiting for? Book your next summer holiday on Lake Lugano to taste one of his delicious pizzas for yourself at our private beach!

See you soon!

 

Club Bim Bam Bino we will be reliving an exciting Indian adventure

February 12th, 2017 | By Melanie Pohl in Parco San Marco | No Comments »

Dear Children,

This year at the Club Bim Bam Bino we will be reliving an exciting Indian adventure. Pay close attention:
Indians are the indigenous inhabitants of North America. When the explorer Christopher Columbus discovered America around 500 years ago, he thought he had landed in India. And so, he called the inhabitants Indians.

The native American tribes lived as fishermen, hunters and gatherers. Some moved from place to place according to the time of year, others lived in cliff dwellings. Later, many settled where they were and began to cultivate the land.

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The Indians lived in harmony with nature. They honoured Mother Earth with respect and were mindful of animals, plants, rivers and mountains. To make fire, they collected dry wood from the floor to protect the trees. They never hunted unnecessarily but killed only when it was essential to survive. They prayed to the animals for forgiveness. The hunting of bison was sacred to them – a slain bison meant food, clothing, equipment and shelter (Tee-pee).

Their life was full of rituals and ceremonies. One of the most well-known rituals is the smoking of the peace pipe, the Calumet. This holy ritual would be used in making important decisions and honoured the harmonious power of life.

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With the arrival of the Europeans, the habitual way of life of the Indians changed. Before, the locals had no knowledge of horses but quickly learned to appreciate them. Little by little, more English, Dutch and Spanish arrived to make a new life in America. On May 14th 1607, three English ships arrived in Virginia with plans to create the ‘New World’, and more specifically to take over against the will of the Indians. A key figure in the colonisation, soldier John Smith, was captured and imprisoned by the Indians but his life was saved by the famous Pocahontas, the Indian chief’s daughter.
And sure, you know that story…

Again and again, it came to disputes and battles until the Indians were almost wiped out. Today they live in government-protected reservations.

Want to learn more? We can’t wait to see you!