New Year’s Eve is an occasion of mixed emotions, the celebration of the year ahead mingled with nostalgia for the years past. The singing of Auld Lang Syne brings tears to the eyes of many, especially if there has been liberal imbibing of alcohol in the hours before midnight! The Scots are renowned for the celebration of Hogmanay and some of my earliest memories of New Year’s Eve in the nineteen sixties ( yes, I can remember that far back) are of Andy Stewart appearing on a black and white television set, singing “Come in, come in its nice to see you. How’s yourself you’re looking grand. Man, you’re welcome here’s my hand.” Andy would entertain the home and studio audience until midnight with Scottish dancing and singing, when no doubt the test card appeared as the BBC shut down.
My New Year’s Eve celebrations have on the whole taken place with the television on in the background. This included the celebration of the Millennium. London was promised a spectacular firework display, with the Thames being turned into a river of fire. Unfortunately, it turned out to be literally a damp squib, as the chain failed to ignite after the first explosion. The Sidney fireworks were of course magnificent, and I have always been particularly fond of seeing the Eiffel Tower display. In 1999, I scored over my neighbour, who went to spend the evening with friends and missed the display entirely. There was no rewind, as there is today, just a brief catch up on the news. I do remember that the air was thick with smoke on New Year’s Day, as my immediate neighbours seem to have been doing their best to rival London!
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Here where you can find the best pizzas in the world
50 Top Pizza , the most important sector guide has decided to confer an ad hoc prize to the chains of artisanal pizzerias , the Top World Artisan Pizza Chains 2021 – Latteria Sorrentina Award . 20 the brands present in the first edition of this special ranking with at least 5 locations.
The winner is the brand Da Michele , historic Neapolitan sign that counts well 19 sites
around the world, 8 in Italy and the remaining located in Britain, Spain, Germany, USA, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Japan. In second position another high-sounding name of the Neapolitan school, that of Sorbillo , which includes several stores throughout the peninsula, in addition to those in New York, Miami and Tokyo . Third, which arouses a great surprise, is the French Big Mamma Group , with numerous restaurants in France, in London and Madrid.
So far it has two sites in Britain and both are in London (Soho and Baker Street) that were opened a few years ago and have been well received.
Immortalized in the film Eat, pray, love , with Julia Roberts, the pizzeria Da Michele is a must-see if you go to Naples. Michele opened his first pizzeria in 1906 in the current headquarters of the Ascalesi Hospital, whose construction forced the pizzeria to move. In 1930 the pizzeria is moved to its current location in Via Cesare Sersale, often described by experts and journalists as “the sacred temple of pizza”.
Here is the best ten pizzeria chains in the world:
Top World Artisan Pizza Chains 2021 – Latteria Sorrentina Award :
1 Da Michele – Italy, Britain, Spain, Germany, USA, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Japan
2 Sorbillo – Italy and World
3 Big Mamma Group – France and UK
4 Berberè – Italy and Europe
5 Pizza Pilgrims – UK
6 Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana – USA
7 Bráz – Brazil
8 400 Degrees – Australia – USA
9 Peppina – Asia
10 Grosso Napoletano – Spain
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