I’M not sure when, why or how ‘National (Insert Food) Days’ became a thing, but appear to exist solely to clog up our inbox and give lazy editors such as myself something with which to pad out the food and booze bit. Remember Manchester’s Top 6 Alternative Burgers? No? I don’t blame you.
All profits from the pizza will go towards further research into GM1
Still, we were cock-a-hoop to welcome National Pizza Day last week (squeezed between the National Days for Cullen Skink and Rib ‘n’ Saucy Nik Naks), because it provided the perfect excuse to visit Salvi’s, where owner and actual Italian bloke, Maurizio Cecco, alongside wife and business partner Claire, are doing something very worthy indeed.
Upon learning that their best friend’s daughter, Florence, had been diagnosed with GM1, a rare inherited disorder which destroys nerve cells and currently has no cure, the Cecco’s launched a number of fundraisers, including the introduction of the new ‘Florence’ pizza (£11).
Based on the classic Fiorentina, the ‘Florence’ features Buffalo mozzarella, parmesan, pine nuts, egg and friariella – a Neapolitan superfood with a pleasing bitterness which looks a lot like spinach but, Maurizio insists, is actually broccoli, or something like that (for Maurizio’s accent is as strong as a Neapolitan Nonna’s rug beater).
All profits from the pizza – including money raised via the JustGiving page - will go towards further research into GM1, which currently occurs in 1 of 200,000 newborns.
Maurizio said: “We want to do everything we can to ensure that more people know about this condition and, most importantly, help Florence have a happy childhood. We’ll have more going on over the next few months, including a fundraising event at Salvi’s so anything people can do to help would be fantastic.”
The Florence will be available in Salvi’s at the Corn Exchange and Salvi’s Cucina on John Dalton Street from Sunday 19 February.
More from Salvi's here including offers and booking info.
Maurizio with 'The Florence'