At Diana's, we only use 100% Canadian dairy cheeses on our pizzas, with the exception of the *by request only* Daiya shred, a non-dairy, non-GMO, vegan friendly cheese and the Buffalo Mozzarella which comes straight from Italy. That sounds pretty straight forward, right? Doesn't every pizza ever made come with real dairy cheese? Nope, not in Canada, and it hasn't been that way for a while. Let me explain.
The other day I got a flyer in the mail from one of the pizza chains, advertising a new line of designer pizzas, with, of all things 100% REAL Canadian Mozzarella cheese. Yes, it appears that they are now offering to put REAL dairy mozzarella on their pizzas, but not for the usual $5 a pizza price. They are marketing this designer line of pizzas as ‘gourmet’ because they put REAL dairy mozzarella on them, so they’re more expensive. Yeah, it's impossible to make a pizza with real-food ingredients for the low, low price they usually push their pizzas at.
This is no surprise to me, as a master pizza chef I've been educating people for years. The facts are that pizza chains are not using real 100% dairy mozzarella. Most use either soy or canola based cheeses. Yeah, you read that right, cheese made from oil, not dairy. The worst offenders use a cheese made from a petroleum based oil. So the same stuff we put in our cars is what many non-food ingredient cheeses are made from. But don't worry, this is a food grade version of petroleum, so you know, it's like the petroleum jelly they sell that you can use on skin. Except I don't know anybody who uses that on their skin. Mmmm, can I get extra petroleum jelly cheese on that pizza? Yeah?! I don't know about you, but I don't want to eat that. Even if it looks like something I usually really like, like pizza. Eating that kind of stuff gives me a really bad non-food ingredient hangover. And I know I'm not the only one.
There is a lot of pressure in today's society to get 'the best deal' and 'the lowest price', for goods and services to the extreme that many feel that if they don't get the lowest price then it means they have been taken advantage of. And who wants to feel that way? While there may be little or no difference between some goods and services I must be a beacon of reason when it comes to pizza. Not all pizzas are created equal.
At Diana's, we only use 100% Canadian dairy cheeses on our pizzas, with the exception of the *by request only* Daiya shred, a non-dairy, non-GMO, vegan friendly cheese and the Buffalo Mozzarella which comes straight from Italy. That sounds pretty straight forward, right? Yeah, that's how we do.