Pizza: The love of youth for its delicious taste. A traditional Italian dish which is a yeasted flatbread topped with special tomato sauce and cheese incorporated with many different types of veggies and meat and baked in an oven. Pizza is one of the most consumed food items in the world. First baked in about 10th century and redefined later in the 18th century in Italy, Pizzas have made foodies all around the world crave for them. Spreading from Italy, Pizzas have been the favorites in all the Europe and America and gradually is spreading all over the world and getting modified with location.
Generally, rich buffalo milk Mozzarella Cheese is used in the baking process along with tomato sauce with many herbs; specially Oregano. These two ingredients and considered the most significant in Pizzas. There are many varieties of Pizza with Neapolitan being the original one from Naples.
Neapolitan pizzas feature tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil when incorporated with garlic and oregano becomes Marinara while it’s variant Margherita includes sliced Mozzarella and Basil to give the authentic Italian recipe. When the mozzarella from Campania is included in the Margherita recipe it gives the third official variant of Neapolitan Pizza, Margherita Extra.
American pizzas are however somewhat different than the Italian Ones. Chicago Pizza has a thicker crust and toppings under the layer of tomato sauce. New York Pizza is one of the most consumed varieties in the world featuring a thin crust and although sharing many similarities to Neapolitan Pizza, it has a thinner foldable crust which enables the people to eat without the use of any kind of utensils.
California pizza, often called Gourmet Pizza is known for unusual ingredients. These pizzas don’t have any distinctive ingredients allowing the pizzaiolos to get creative. Generally, American Pizzas have toppings like ground meat, sausage, pepperoni, onion, mushroom, etc. but there’s no compulsion of all the ingredients in case of American Pizzas, unlike Italian Neapolitan Pizzas.
There are many other variants of Pizza like Sicilian pizza, Greek Pizza, and many more with thick or thin crust and varieties of cheese and toppings baked in different kinds of ovens.
Sicilian pizza, The original, authentic version from Sicily comes from Palermo (other regions in Sicily have other varieties, such as the scacciata) and is called sfincione (loosely translated as “thick sponge”) and is usually sold in bakeries or panificios.It is a fluffy, spongy bread base (similar to focaccia) topped with a meatless sauce made from tomatoes, onions, herbs, and anchovies, which is then covered with bread crumbs and an optional grating of hard cheese and baked in a square tray.Traditional sfincione does not use mozzarella because most of the milk produced in Sicily comes from sheep and goats, not cows.
Greek pizza refers to a style of pizza crust and its preparation, rather than its toppings.This style is baked in a pan, instead of directly on the bricks of the pizza oven, (as is more traditional for Italian pizza). The pan is heavily oiled with olive oil. It has a crust that is usually chewy and puffy, almost like focaccia bread but not as thick. Due to the use of a larger tomato paste-to-crushed tomato ratio the sauce is typical tangy and thick with a strong taste of oregano. The sauce amounts are greater, relative to the light amounts of cheese placed on the pizza. The cheese itself is typical, (but not always), a blend of mozzarella and cheddar.
With much different taste Pizza never disappoints human beings. It is loved by everyone all over the globe. So which variety of Pizza do you like to have now? And we would like to recommend you to taste Katti Roll: The Nepalese Version of Burrito. Have your opinion below in the comment section.