New York City's Famous Famiglia has been growing and expanding thanks to its famously good pizza and pasta dishes. Now that the chain is expanding into Ghana, it's taking some extreme measures to ensure delivery of a consistent menu taste.
The restaurant's co-founder says that Famous Famiglia is "very excited" for its arrival in Ghana. "This marks the first location for the brand in the continent of Africa," he said in a press release. The new location will be the Christian Village of Accra, the capital of Ghana.
According to the New York Post, in an effort to provide a menu that reflects the taste of their original NYC food items, the chain's owners wish to use water sourced from the same reservoir in Sullivan County, New York, to make their pizzas in Ghana. This sounds a little strange to me, but maybe that's because I'm not an expert at pizza making. The idea is that all of the same ingredients must be used; even the tap water must be exactly the same. Otherwise, the taste is compromised.
"I want to make this as authentic as possible," said one of the co-owners. "I want to have the exact same pizza as in New York City. New York City water has a very unique chemical composition and taste to it. I'm a purist -- I wouldn't want anything less than the original."
Other ingredients, such as yeast and toppings, will be locally sourced, but sauces, cheese, flour, olive oil and an expected 100 gallons of water will be sourced from the New York City location. The restaurant is expecting to make 1,000 pies per week. Apparently, people in Ghana "love pizza and have a great affinity for the United States."
Hopes are that a bite of the Famous Famiglia pizza in Ghana will taste just like a bite of Famous Famiglia pizza in New York City, and everywhere else! The chain has 16 shops in NYC alone, and 100 spread along other locations, so these owners must know what they're talking about. New York City tap water just might be the secret ingredient.