Eating Peso Pizza on the Street in Old Town Havana, Cuba
One of the most rewarding aspects of travel is gaining insight into a culture’s cuisine by eating street food as the locals do—Mexico has tasty chorizo tacos; Israel has french-fry-filled falafels; and Cuba has “peso pizza." This Havana street food staple is a mixture of fluffy, crusted-around-the-edges dough with a random slathering of bland tomato sauce and sharply pungent “stinky” cheese melted on top One bite of this steaming hot local specialty will leave you questioning all your previous notions of pizza from back home. Peso Pizza has a unique, almost sour taste. But don’t complain—it’s one of the only foods you’ll find readily available on Socialist Cuban streets and at a cost of roughly US$0.20 (yes, 20 cents) you’ll perhaps grow to love it. I did. Just remember to use the Cuban Convertible currency and not the tourist currency.