Today I had the French Laundry Pizza for dinner. This pizza is made with tender chicken breast, kalamata olives, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, and pesto. The pizza is sliced into four pieces, to split as an appetizer or eat on your own. I love pizza, but I have never ordered this one until now because it has goat cheese and olives on it.
The goat cheese was actually a very nice addition to the pizza, and it went will with the pesto and roasted red peppers. I like the cheese because it was so much different than the kind of cheese that is normally on the pizzas that I eat. I still don't like olives after eating this dish, but I known now that I can handle them when they are mixed in with a lot of other flavors.
However, the most interesting facts I learned about this dish actually related to the olives. Kalamata olives originated in a region in Greece sharing the same name, an area famous for it's production of olives and olive oils. The Kalamata olive is often known as the Greek olive, and has a taste and appearance much different than most green and black olives.
Unlike most green and black olives, Kalamata olives are dark reddish purple in color. When they are soaked in vinegar or brined, they appear almost dark brown or black. On the tree, these purple fruits are hard to miss because of their beautiful color. They also tend to pack more meat than the black variety.
There's some interesting info for those who like different varieties of olives.
Overall, I enjoyed this pizza. The combination of ingredients was unique and very well thought out. I would order it again, minus the Kalamata olives of course.