From pepperoni and mozzarella to fennel and duck confit, all sorts of foods are used as pizza ingredients — making it possible to truly customize the creation. According to the staff at Papa Rocco's, a pizza place based in Gulf Shores, AL, there are several types of wine that complement pizza flavors nicely. Below, the staff at this local restaurant shares three awesome pairings to try.
Pizza Place Shares 3 Wine Pairings
1. Robust, Fruity Reds
The garlic, tomato, and oregano taste in marinara sauce pairs nicely with fruity red varieties. The robust flavors in red wine aren’t overshadowed by complex pizza flavors. The sweet notes of Barbera d'Asti, for example, complement the tangy bite of the tomato sauce, while the high acidity level helps balance the saltiness from the melted cheese.
2. Light Whites
Dry white wines are noted for their light, subtle flavor profile. Pair these wines with vegetable toppings and white sauces on pizza. The oaky flavors in Zinfandel, for example, help elevate the earthy tastes in mushrooms, olive oil, green and red peppers, black olives, and onions.
3. Dry Varieties
Fans of Hawaiian pizza with pineapple toppings should try the tropical creation with a dry Riesling. The wine provides a nice balance that keeps the sweetness of the pie in check.
If reading about the above pizza and wine pairings has you craving the comfort food, stop by Papa Rocco’s in Baldwin County. In addition to live music and happy hour specials, the local pizza place is known for its fresh, flavorful, award-winning specialty pizza pies, bar food, and knife-and-fork fare. To ask about daily specials, call (251) 948-7262, and visit the restaurant online to browse the complete menu. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook for updated announcements.