Pizza in the USSR

We learned first-hand what pizza is first before the the Soviet Union collapsed. Before that, it was something very foreign and exotic.

We are a country of Slav and Turkic peasants on the edge of human habitation, and we like portable food.

That’s why we didn’t make sandwiches (had no shrink wrapping for it) or pizzas: when you take these things with you to the fields (or to the woods or to the battle with Tartar nomads), everything slips off and makes a mess of the lunch pack your mother lovingly made for you.

That’s why we are so strong on “PIROGI” (in combination with cooked eggs, dried fish and pickled cucumbers on the side). The dough wraps it all up and absorbs any surplus gravy and fat in the filling.

When skeptical foreigners started pestering us with stupid questions about the mystery meat inside, we came to make small inspection openings in pirogi.

But no more concessions! This is the closest you come to pizza in traditional Russian cooking:

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