A pizza joint in northwest Britain (Yummy Yummy Italia, in Parker Lane, Burnley) is the country’s first to offer zebra meat as a topping — and not only is it legit, it’s on menu that also includes buffalo, kangaroo, and crocodile.
“When I came back I began to research the idea because I wanted to sell frogs legs pizzas but I soon found a better idea. I thought it would be something really different. I’ve had a few goes and tried a few different recipes but it is perfect now, ” Arash Fard, 33, the owner of Yummy Yummy Italia, said the Lancashire Telegraph.
He added: “The main thing I get from customers now is that they don’t believe that I am serving real zebra meat. But it is totally for real. The meat is all legal and all legitimate.” He also said he sells around 20 of the zebra and crocodile pizzas every week.
He said: “Everyone tells me ‘what part of Italy do they serve zebra pizza?’ But it is just something different. It is a meat just like any other and if people like it then why can’t I serve it.”
“Going for things like zebra is encouraging the destruction of rare wildlife,” frowns one opponent, but the supplier says the meat comes from overpopulated game parks in South Africa—where zebra meat is often used for steaks and burgers.
A spokesman for Burnley Council said that the premises was the subject of an inspection in the past two weeks by food standards and environmental health officers and no major concerns were raised.
Mr Fard said he has provided documentation to the authority about the source of his ingredients as well as his methods of storage, preparation and cooking. [via Lancashire Telegraph (UK)]