Standard - sourdough pizza & salads
The repurposed PAKT site in Antwerp, with its melting pot of creative businesses in renovated warehouses, is now also home to ‘Standard’. Standard offers sourdough pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven and crisp salads prepared with fresh, organic herbs and vegetables grown on the roof of PAKT, an ambitious city farming project on the roofs of the old industrial site between Lamorinièrestraat, the Groen Kwartier and Lange Leemstraat.
The impressive PAKT site has gained another top-quality, unpretentious eatery. The team behind Standard aim to set a new standard for sourdough pizza and salad. To develop the perfect sourdough - a process that began two years ago - they travelled to Italy several times.
“We work with sourdough because it is easy to digest and does not contain sugar, which makes it healthier. Sourdough is made by natural fermentation. It takes time to make dough like ours, and most importantly it is absolutely delicious.” - Michel Roose, Standard
For the pizza toppings and salads, Standard only works with the very best produce. The herbs and vegetables come from literally right above your head and are organically grown on the roof of PAKT, in partnership with agrotechnologist and biotechnologist Bram Stessels from CSA De Volle Grond in Tielrode. In consultation with ‘Farmer Bram’, many less-familiar vegetables such as Swiss chard, kohlrabi and kale can also be grown. So instead of a set menu there is an exciting selection that changes regularly according to the season. The result is an honest, super-fresh seasonal menu. All this delicious fare is also available for takeaway and delivery.
The extraordinary 'Coeur de PAKT tomato' takes pride of place: a special coeur de boeuf or beef tomato grown in the large greenhouse on the roof from seeds that the site owner Yusuf Yaman obtained long ago in Bulgaria. Coeur de PAKT tomatoes can weigh up to 1.4 kilos and have an incredible taste.