Anne-Lovely is a lifestyle journalist for Journal de Montreal and 24 Heures.
So, are you excited about Pizza Week?
Of course! I love pizza!
What’s your favourite kind of pizza?
I’d have to say that Margherita is one of my favourites because it’s just simple but it’s so good. I also really like Calabrese because I love sausages and spicy food.
What are you going to be looking for as a pizza judge?
I’d say the crust is very important. If you don’t have a good crust, forget it. It’s the basis of any good pizza. It can’t be burnt, first of all, and it has to be light. You don’t want to feel like when you just ate a slice and you don’t feel like eating another one because it’s so heavy. Also, the cheese, it has to melt properly and mix well with the other ingredients.
Do you have a favourite pizza moment you’d like to share?
My family are from Haiti, so when I was a kid, my mom didn’t know anything about pizza. All my friends from school, on Friday night, their parents would order pizza and I’d see them eating it and I used to crave it so bad. I’d beg my mom, but she cooked all our food, and she wasn’t going to spend money to order pizza, so all through my childhood I never ate pizza unless I was at one of my friends’ houses.
When I was 14 or 15, I got my first job at Macdonald’s. And when I got my first paycheque I came home and I was like: “We’re ordering pizza, that’s it!” There was a two-for-one special and I ordered two large pizzas and I sat down with my brother and sister and we ate them together. They were so happy!
Writer: Robbie Dillon