Tuesday, 18 February 2014

5 Questions - CC's Wood Fired Pizza Company, Netherlee, Glasgow

Just over two year ago, I wrote one of my first reviews on Gerry's Kitchen. It was for a recently opened, and Glasgow's first authentic wood fired pizza takeaway, CC's Wood Fired Pizza Company. Since then, under the watchful eye of dedicated owner Graeme Rankin, CC's has grown from strength to strength.
Prior to moving house, CC's made for an easy option when I hadn't prepared anything for dinner, although I was always conscious that eating takeaway on a too regular basis can't be good for me. Fortunately for me and the other diners at CC's, Graeme is doing his bit to help me feel happier about ordering pizza anytime that I feel like it. The Concensus Action on Salt & Health was set up as a response to the refusal of the Chief Medical Officer to endorse the COMA recommendations to reduce salt intake, and although the image below isn't the best, it shows that CC's pizzas are prepared using a tiny percentage of salt in comparison to the quantities used by the supermarkets and main high street takeaway pizza shops.
More importantly, Graeme is still able to turn out delicious traditional wood fired pizzas that are great to eat that you won't feel guilty about ordering over and over again.
Here's CC's Wood Fired Pizzas story;
How did you get started?

I had my first wood-fired pizza in Edinburgh 15 years ago and I was captivated by the pizzaiolo who was making my pizza. I had never seen pizza made this way nor had I tasted it baked this way before. I said at that point that I wanted to do that and that I would open my own authentic wood-fired pizza place one day. I was delighted to be the first authentic wood-fired pizza takeaway to open in Glasgow and am passionate about my work.

What’s the best piece of business advice you could give?

No matter how good a plan you have, people tend to forget that when starting a brand new business you have to allow yourself a minimum of three years to build your clientele. You have to try and make provisions to get you through the difficult stages.

Where would you like to see your business in five years’ time?

I would like CC's to be a recognised brand across Glasgow and hopefully be able to have two or three CC’s providing wood fired pizzas to a much wider audience. It would be fantastic if I could also get a CC's restaurant added to the brand.

If you could only cook one of your own products/recipes, what would it be and why?

I would bake a pizza which will be included on our forthcoming menu – wood-fired roasted garlic and peppers with fresh red onion. The infusion of flavours is awesome and the result is a fresh tasting, healthy pizza.

You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – who would it be and why? ….and what’s on the menu?

I would invite Mahatma Gandhi. I admire the man’s stance against British Colonialism through non-violence, and the words that he spoke were extremely wise.

More people should take note. The menu would have to be Fish Curry Rice with paratha and naan bread, along with a glass of fresh water. Fish Curry Rice is supposed to be the poor man’s food in India, but as we all know, the poor man’s food often ends up being the rich man’s food, just as we saw with oysters in Glasgow.

With a wide range of traditional toppings plus a few flavour pairings that you might not expect to see on a pizza, the menu has something for everyone.

So next time you're thinking about getting a pizza, do yourself a favour and head over to Netherlee for a real taste of Italy. Who said pizza couldn't be good for you?

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