RE: Pizza Puttanesca
I'm sorry I missed the original picture of the puttanesca pizza. The video about making the sauce does NOT show the use of anchovies or even mention them as an option, as several comments on the "videojug" preentation memtion.
Under another heading there is thread, "With out it it is not really chili," or some such. I would venture to say that without anchovies it ain't really putanesca or Caesar dressing for that matter, at least not a classic Caesar. Kind of as hoot, don't you think, "vigin puttnesca." Sometimes in restaurants I have said that I wanted to be sure and taste the anchovies in the Caesar dressing and they brought me an open full can of anchovies!
I would comment that if you were to make a puttanesca pizza you probably would want to cut the anchovies into thin strips and soak some of the salt out and still use only a limited number as a topping.
On the subject of puttanesca generally, to me the amazing thing is that I can find several competing brands of puttanesca sauce at the grocers. It really is a change from my childhood when only " plain" sauces, basically seasoned tomatoes were sold.