|Kebab zapiekanka with ketchup and garlic sauce|
For years, I watched young people wandering the old square munching on a long piece of bread and melted cheese. I finally tried one the other day. Zapiekanka, I’ve read, was popular during Communist times, made with a baguette, mushrooms, cheese, and topped with ketchup. The popularity has continued with many more toppings available now. So many toppings that I found it a bit overwhelming. Not knowing all of the words on the menu board, I opted for the familiar kebab. Very filling, even the small one was more than I could eat.
A Polish friend, who spend college summers working fast food jobs in the US, told us about the reaction she got from coworkers when she put ketchup on her pizza. They were probably as surprised by that idea as I was, but now, I think I see where it comes from.