Despite being one of the most popular foods in the world, very few can tell the difference between an excellent pizza and a greasy unhealthy one. If you think that Domino’s pizza falls in the first category, then you are in desperate need of advice.
History of Pizza
According to an old legend, in the 18th century Kind Ferdinand disguised himself as a plebeian just to visit a neighbourhood in Naples where a professional “pizzettaro” (=pizza maker) served the best pizza in town. At that time, pizza was considered food for the poor, which is why the Queen had banned it from the royal court. Around 90 years later, Queen Margherita of Italy visited Naples and was served a unique kind of pizza, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil, which resembled the Italian flag. It is said that the Queen fell in love with that pizza to the extent that it was called Pizza Margherita in her honour.
Neapolitan pizza is the classic Italian pizza. It is a flat, disc-shaped paste which must be cooked in the oven for a few minutes before being served. It is important that the various toppings are put on the pizza before baking it. If you are planning on taking a trip to Naples to try a genuine Italian pizza, remember not to order a pineapple pizza, unless you want to be laughed at.
Mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil, olive oil, ham, salami, pepperoni, various types of cheese (scamorza, smoked cheese, gorgonzola, parmesan…) and vegetables are the only ingredients that can be used to top a pizza. Kiwi, pineapple, chocolate, orange and melon are usually used for fusion pizza, which has nothing to do with authentic Italian pizza.
Authentic Roman pizza is slightly thinner and crispier than Neapolitan pizza. Despite its name, most pizzerias in central and North Italy serve Roman Pizza, even though you will find at least one or two Neapolitan pizzerias in nearly every town and city in Italy. If you would like to make an authentic home-made Roman pizza, remember that thin-based pizzas can’t be topped with a lot of tomato sauce and mozzarella, otherwise they would lose their “crispness”.
According to popular belief, it is possible to guess one’s personality from their favourite pizza.
– If you love Pizza Margherita, you are a conservative person who doesn’t like taking risks and has strong values
– Capricciosa and Four Seasons are usually preferred by self-confident people who never settle for less than they want
– Pizza topped with various vegetables is for weight-conscious women who can control themselves and resist temptation
– Those who opt for Plain Pizza (White Pizza) do not appreciate food and never compromise – Other types of pizzas are usually chosen by the most curious, who are not afraid to try new things
So, what kind of pizza are you?