Today I would like to talk about the Great Northern Parmo. This delicacy made of chicken breast covered in bread crumbs and a white sauce then lovingly covered in cheese before being placed in a pizza oven was until recent times not available south of Middlesbrough. But no longer. A few weeks ago I was doing some retail therapy with my wife I stumbled upon what can only be described as the saddest nationalization of northern culture. As you can see from the picture on the left the great parmo has now been packaged and sold not in the traditional outlet of pizza shops and take aways but in Asda. A super store that covers the country.
No longer is the parmo a northern thing. No longer will a proud northerner wander haplessly into a take away in the southern regions and be met with a blank expressions by said establishments staff as he utters those immortal words, “Half parmo and chips please”.
I have to admit I did purchase said delicacy and take them home, for research purposes only of course and I can say that the pre packed parmo as pictured above is just as good as the traditional parmo we have been buying from our northern take aways since time began.