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16B,- The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, January 31, 2002
Widely despised anchovies still
requested at local pizza joints

By Stacy Anderson
Daily Arts Writer

It's the same every time: you ask
someone what their favorite food is
and you get answers having to do
with juicy meats, like steak or ham-
burger or, for the lazy college stu-
dent, foods like pizza and Ramen
that take little to no preparation. It's
the same thing for least favorite
foods. Liver, brussel sprouts and
anchovies are usually in the top-
three, but for good reason. Brussel
sprouts are just gross.
But what's the deal with
anchovies? Yeah, it's a fish, but
people eat foods like calamari and
caviar all the time without thinking
twice about what they're really eat-
ing. But to most people, being
handed a piece of hot, gooey pizza
that has been cooked with
K/Daily anchovies is worse than any tortur-
ous punishment. "I never had the

Order anchovies on your pizza and no one will snag a slice.

need to try anchovies," said
Engineering junior Ian McKnight.
"I stick with what I know I like."
The dictionary definition of an
anchovy describes this morsel as a
"small, herri-like plankton-feed-
ing fish." While an animal that
feeds off of plankton mightnot
sound like the ideal meal, it does
add some flavor to the pizza, and is
often served with tomatoes to take
away some of the saltiness of the
anchovy or blended with olives to
create an olive and anchovy pizza
sauce.
"I've tried anchovies separate
from pizza, and they're way too
salty, at least they are they way
they're usually prepared," said LSA
sophomore Justin Bailey. He added,
"They're so salty, they should
spread them on the street in the
winter to keep cars from sliding."
Despite the added flavor, this tiny
water-dwelling delight isn't the
even close to its pepperoni or ham
counterparts. One wouldn't think
that anchovies would still remain
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on the "toppings" list of their
favorite Ann Arbor pizza joint but,
much to their avail, there are still
some who adore- fish staring at
them while they consume their
pizza.
Anchovies are still a popular
request at New York Pizza Depot,
as they are at A Hello Faz Pizza,
where they're listed among interest-
ing toppings like broccoli, spinach
and feta cheese. But even though
they're on the menu doesn't mean
that people jump to add them to
their pizza. John from La Famaglia
Pizza commented that, "Anchovies
aren't very popular. We only get
about three to four requests a
week."
Some places have used the lack
of anchovy orders to their advan-
tage and have either added an addi-
tional charge for anchovies, as is
the case at Cottage Inn, or have
started to count anchovies as two
toppings instead of one, a la Da
Vinci's.
Bell's Pizza has even cut
anchovies off the menu entirely.
But whatever the obstacle, anchovy
lovers are sure to overcome it for
this delectable topping.
So while anchovies aren't the
most popular topping, and are often
used in prank pizza calls (what a
clever way to get back at your ene-
mies - order them an anchovy
pizza!), they are still requested
every now and then by elusive peo-
ple all over the world.
Maybe they'll make a comeback
and revolt against all the people
that have discounted their power,
but in the meantime, you might just
want to avoid the "premium top-
pings" section of the pizza menu.
Unless, of course, you're planning a
surprise anchovy pizza delivery to
your most hated GSI.

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