How is pizza in Italy?
Aaaahhh pizza! Our companion on weekend nights, our savior of the nation when that laziness of cooking comes… Pizza is present all over the world and it is very difficult to find someone who does not like a nice piece of pizza, especially if it is one full of cheese with a touch of basil. So, let’s get to know the famous Italian Pizza? But anyway, how is pizza in Italy? Come salivate reading this post (lol). Here atYour Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Contrary to what many people think, pizza was not invented in Italy, there it was only improved, so to speak. There are records of 6,000 years ago where Egyptians and Hebrews already ate a pizza-like dough: it was made of water and flour, it did not carry sauce or stuffing. It was, in fact, known as ‘Abraham’s bread’ and was called a piscea (which nowadays would be a kind of pita bread).
1) How is pizza in Italy? THE NAPOLITAN PIZZA?
The real Neapolitan pizza. Come on! First of all, the Neapolitans DON’T CONSIDER other pizzas as real pizza, I’ll explain why! In 1982, it was founded in Naples by Antonio Pace, the Association of Real Neapolitan Pizza, (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana). The idea was to promote the cuisine and tradition of authentic Neapolitan pizza. How? Defending culture, avoiding the cultural miscegenation that the recipe goes around the world and creating a statute for! The pizza is recognized as a DOC product (di origine controllata or, in English, Controlled Denomination of Origin) which attests that the products are made with regional ingredients. See our special post on The five best pizzerias in Naples!
Verace Pizza Napolitana Association requirements
According to the association, Verace Pizza Napolitana must be made with: flour, natural yeast or brewer’s yeast, water and salt, in addition to being worked only with hands or by certain mixers previously approved by the association. Then the dough must rest and be stretched manually, without the use of a rolling pin or mechanical equipment at any stage. When roasting it should be placed ONLY in a wood oven at 485° C, and NOTHING must be placed on the oven surface, that is: it must be accommodated in the oven structure itself. The coverage of authentic pizza has also entered the statute and must comply with Neapolitan specifications, such as respecting the name in Italian.
2) How is pizza in Italy? COMPOSITION OF PIZZAS
Now let’s see the composition of some pizzas in Italy, note that the names of the pizzas below are in Italian.
- Marinara (Neapolitan): tomato, olive oil, oregano and garlic.
- Margherita: tomato, olive oil, mozzarella cheese and basil.
- Ripieno (Calzone): stuffed and closed pizza. It contains ricotta cheese, special mozzarella cheese, olive oil and salami.
- Formaggio and Pomodoro: tomatoes, olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese.
Anyway, if there is one thing that Italian takes VERY seriously, it is the blessed pizza! And, incredible as it may seem, Italy appears in fourth place in the ranking of the countries that most consume pizza in the world, behind the USA, Brazil, which appears in second place and, SURPRISINGLY: France, which appears in the ranking in the third position. The most consumed flavor in Brazil is calabrese sausage and in Italy, the classic, traditional and delicious, Margherita.
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Let’s get to know a little about the Pizza history?
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The Birthplace of Pizza
There are also those who say that the pizza started with the Greeks, who made a type of pasta with chickpeas, wheat flour or rice, and then baked it on hot bricks. After some time, three centuries before the birth of Christ, the Phoenicians and Muslim Turks, during the medieval era, covered their round and baked ‘loaves’ with onion and meat, thus creating the ‘first pizza with filling’. Between comings and goings, during the Crusades, this custom reached Italy. Where? In the so-called “bitrhplace of pizza”, Naples!
As soon as it arrived in Italy, and it pleased the Italians, in addition to the meat and onion, the Neapolitans also put oil and herbs on top. Some put tomatoes, which had just arrived from Spain, hence the origin of the sauce that bathes the pasta, as if that were not enough, certain places served the delicacy folded in half, with the hidden filling, hence the Calzone was born.
The First Pizza Chef in History
Before having fame and success, pizza was a dish widely consumed by the poorest in southern Italy, since, to replace meat, they used cheap cheese and bacon. In 1889, thanks to the first pizza Chef in history, Dom Raffaele Espposto, the dish came to royalty. In the service of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, the Neapolitan baker wanted to honor the flag of Italy using the colors white, red and green, for this he placed cheese, basil and tomato over the dough, thus creating the famous Margherita pizza.
The queen soon fell in love with the dish and began to spread it among the noble class. The fame traveled the world and caused the first pizzeria in the world to be opened, called Port’Alba, which was frequented by poets, artists and other important names in Italian arts.
Did you know that in Portugal pizza is written with a single Z, making it PIZA? And did you know that the word Pizza is one of the few words that does not change from one language to another?
NASA and Pizza
NASA paid USD 125,000 to develop a prototype of a 3D printer to print pizza from a mixture of water and powdered ingredients. Still in the testing phase!
The most expensive Pizza in the world
The most expensive pizza in the world was ordered in 2009 by programmer Laszlo Hanyecz, who paid 10,000 bitcoins for two pizzas (don’t ask me why!). The amount in bitcoins paid for him is equivalent to about 125 million euros! Yes: 125 MILLION!
The longest Pizza in the world
The longest pizza in the world was made in 2015, and measured 1,595.45 meters in length, weighing about 5 tons. To prepare it, it took five ovens, 80 pizza Chefs, 200 volunteers and 40 people controlling oven time, which was 3 minutes
Pizza in the USA
- Darling in the USA too, the first American pizzeria opened in New York in 1905, at the hands of an Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi.
- The first online pizzeria was opened by the Pizza Hut chain in 1994.
- In 2014, in Las Vegas, there was a contest to choose the fastest pizza Chef in the world. Who won was a woman! The English Pali Grewal, who kneaded the dough and baked 3 pizzas in just, SURPRINSINGLY: 32 seconds and 28 hundredths!
Pizza in Italy
- In Italy, 5 MILLION pizza is made every day! FIVE MILLION PIZZA A DAY! Impressive, isn’t it ?!
- The oldest pizzeria in Italy was opened in Naples in 1738, called Port’Alba. It works until today!
- The most expensive pizza in the world is called Louis XIII and costs 8,300 euros! It was invented by a pizza Chef from Agropoli, Renato Viola, measures 20 centimeters in diameter, the dough fermentes for 72 hours, is covered with buffalo mozzarella, Australian pink salt, caviar, lobster, shrimp and champagne
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How is pizza in Italy? If you’re in Italy don’t miss the chance to eat a pizza, if you’re in Naples, even better! But for God’s sake: never ask the attendant for ketchup and other condiments, most likely he will call the police and you will be deported! Hahahaha … jokes aside: good appetite!
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