By Wendy Watts
Special to the Town Crier
Saturday, Sept. 5, marks Idyllwild’s first year commemorating National Cheese Pizza Day because, really, why not? This could just be a good excuse to just say, “Let’s just go out for pizza.”
Pizza as we know it today has taken on many forms and several incarnations throughout its history.
Ancient Egyptians and Indian cultures made a type of flatbread but without the toppings we crave today. It was recorded that Persian soldiers baked their flatbread on their shields and covered the bread with dates and cheese.
But we are most familiar with the Italian influence. The first pizza shop was in Naples, Italy. It opened in 1830 and is believed to still be in business today.
Still, to this day, the origin of the word “pizza” is still a mystery. It may have come from the Italian word “pie” or maybe even from the Greek word “pitta.”
Well, with that being said, Idyllwild may be just the place for you on Sept. 5. With new Italian restaurants opening just recently, locals and visitors alike will have their choice of the perfect pizza selection when four restaurants will celebrate Cheese Pizza Day with specials.
First, there is family favorite Idyllwild Pizza Co. Large enough to host birthday parties and team functions, this location has TVs, a foosball table and arcade games.
If you’re looking for a special evening out, Ferro may be just the place. Since its recent opening the restaurant has brought fine dining and dinner under the stars to our small town, and an outdoor pizza oven to boot.
Lastly, the newest edition is Fratello’s Ristorante and Pizzeria. It brings a wood-fired pizza oven to the mix and several more eclectic choices.
For those who may be just on a lunch break, Village Market may be a great choice. Now under new ownership and management, it will be offering a quick bite to eat with a pizza by the slice option or grab a whole pizza to go.
Whichever you choose, enjoy yourselves and don’t forget to tell your cashier, “I saw it in the Town Crier,” to receive your discount.