Muti makes pizza

Muti makes pizza


norman lebrecht

January 27, 2020

Dennis Polkow has just published this unprecedented portrait of a maesro at work.

Whatever your order, do not request pineapple topping.


  • Brian v says:

    Manchester library have a copy of Riccardo muti’s autobiography. Shame it is in Italian
    Because it has been published in English.

  • CYM says:

    Looks more like a viola than a pizza…

  • As long as he isn’t baking one of those atrocious slabs of gooey inedibility known as The Chicago-Style pizza.

    • Sixtus says:

      van Zweden should show Muti how to make a proper thin-crust NYC pizza. There are any number of pizzarias within walking distance from Lincoln Center that would that would gladly grant a photo-op.

      • Stephen Gould says:

        The van Zweden pizza – precision-rolled, equally thin crust everywhere, pepperoni slices evenly placed, perfect-looking pizza, and no flavour.

    • GCMP says:

      in the words of Katisha, “You are still unenlightened.” Chicago pizza is the best

  • Riccardo's Pizzeria says:

    Now we know what he’ll be doing after 2022.

  • Alexander T says:

    Mamma mia !!

  • Nijinsky says:

    Well at least that’s more interesting that another story about Ludwig’s last symphony where the choir is featured spitting out hair balls, or at least’stryinging to.

  • willymh says:

    I am assuming it’s Neapolitan pizza????

  • It will be nice to see him sharing a pizza with Chailly

  • John Borstlap says:

    My fly on the wall informs me that these are actually not pizzas but scores of 20C works he did not particularly like.

  • Jean says:

    For me with smetana, please

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    That’s truly exciting. Maybe he can make a tuna-melt as well. Obviously a man of many skills. This is really news. Unprecedented.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Great photo – he looks like a mad scientist!
    But “MUTI MAKES PIZZA”? No way. You know it’s phony because he has no flour on his clothing, nor is he wearing an apron.

  • Brian v says:

    Manchester library have a copy of muti,s autobiography unfortunately it is in Italian.

  • No Idols. says:

    That’s actually a photo of the Maestro putting his singers through hell.

  • Tamino says:

    Others made it, but he puts it in the oven (and gets all the credit for it).
    Actually a great metaphor for conducting. 🙂

  • Gustavo says:

    Backing coockies for John Williams so he composes a symphony for CSO.

  • Brettermeier says:

    “Whatever your order, do not request pineapple topping.”

    + BBQ Sauce
    + Pulled pork
    + Pineapple
    + Red onion
    + Cream cheese
    + Mozarella
    + Cheddar
    + Cilantro

    As God intended. Don’t argue with God.

    • Gustavo says:

      You forgot HP Sauce on the list.

      There are many gods.

      • Brettermeier says:

        “You forgot HP Sauce on the list.”

        Hm! I’ll try that, thank you!

        “There are many gods.”

        Or none, depending on who you ask. 😉

        • Gustavo says:

          The EU is facing a severe Cheddar (and HP Sauce) crisis thanks to Brexit.

          Life just won’t be the same without Pizza Cheddar.

          • Brettermeier says:

            “The EU is facing a severe Cheddar (and HP Sauce) crisis thanks to Brexit.”


            “Life just won’t be the same without Pizza Cheddar.”

            So true!

  • Karl says:

    I LOVE pineapple on pizza.

  • Gustavo says:

    Still searching for the roots of Prokofiev’s 3rd Symphony “The Fiery Angel”

  • Gustavo says:

    Rehearsing for Engelbert Humperdinck’s most popular opera.

    For charity of course.

  • Gustavo says:

    I can smell his Harris tweed just by looking at the photo.

  • fflambeau says:

    Is it just me?

    1. It doesn’t look like Riccardo Muti.
    2. He has no flour on him; this is just a pretense.
    3. He didn’t really make the pizza; he’s just shoving he finished dough with paste in an oven, however he is.
    4. He probably would have had the CSO Concertmaster assist him.