This Italian national dish has long conquered the whole world. For the first time, a kind of pizza appeared in Naples in 1522, when tomatoes began to be imported to Europe.
And pizza came to our area in the early 1990s, when the country was swept by the fashion for everything Western. But there are also many myths around this popular dish.
Pizza is a simple dish. In fact, making a truly delicious pizza is a tricky business. It is a mistake to think that pizza is an ordinary flat cake with a filling lying on it. It is important to find the right tortilla dough. Some people try to use round pita bread, but this option will turn out to be bland. Often in stores they offer to purchase a pizza blank or a ready-made product. But in fact, we are talking about a flat cake, which is made from tough dough that has not fit into other products. And the special pizza dough offered by supermarkets is also of dubious quality. The filling may be tasty, but pizza is so much more. Bad dough will smear the whole impression of the dish.
Real pizza is only served in a pizzeria. Having just appeared in the Soviet Union, pizzerias were a real island of Western life. The pizza offered there seemed divine! But today we got used to this dish and began to better understand the quality. It turns out that not all pizzerias make good pizza. It is interesting to note that the version of the dish that is delivered to the client's home is usually worse than the one offered directly in the institution itself. And many pizzerias disappoint in a classic way - unbaked dough, poor and few filling. Cooking at home? And this is not an option for many, there are chefs who, even after numerous experiments, still cannot cook something digestible.
Real pizza must have cheese, tomatoes and herbs. This is the composition of the classic Margarita pizza. According to legend, a Neapolitan chef prepared it in 1889 for Queen Margaret of Savoy. The ingredients were chosen in accordance with the color of the national flag of Italy. So, mozzarella was white, tomatoes were red, and basil was green. It was on the basis of "Margarita" that many new recipes for this delicious dish later appeared.
The pizza should contain tomatoes and ham (sausage). It is common knowledge that pizza toppings can be anything you like. But what kind of sausage or ham is in a seafood platter? And tomatoes can easily be replaced with pickles, olives, or bell peppers. Only one component remains constant - cheese. Usually on pizza there are meat or seafood cut into pieces, there may be mushrooms. Grated or chopped vegetables, possibly greens, are also added there. All this is covered with cheese. Don't forget about spices. Even if there is no special seasoning, ground pepper will help. And as a sauce usually ketchup or mayonnaise is used.
Pizza is a delicacy not available to everyone. So you can talk about the pizza that is prepared in the restaurant. In the West, this dish has long become democratic and everyday. After all, a special set of products is not required to cook pizza yourself. A piece of old cheese, sausage and tomatoes will be enough for her. You cannot cook dinner from such a set. If there is flour, yeast and other necessary ingredients for pizza in the bins, then the guests are provided with a hearty and tasty dish.
Pizza is the food of the poor. Initially it was. After all, it is so convenient to put on the cake those few products that poor people had available. Moreover, it was possible to hold the pizza by the edge of the cake, which made it possible to do without cutlery at all. But who said that only poor people eat pizza? In the Italian city of Agropoli, they created such a dish worth as much as 8 thousand euros. Wonderful pizza is made using elite Remy Martin cognac, Australian red salt, lobster caviar, tuna and lobster. But among the wealthy fans of such a dish, "Luxury" is more appreciated. This pizza is served in one of the New York restaurants. Poor people clearly cannot afford a thousand dollar "regular" dish.
The right pizza is round and open and must be cooked on a thin crust. In fact, the classic Neapolitan recipe is not the only one. For example, there is pizza a taglio, which literally translates as “pizza in pieces”. This dish is cooked on large rectangular baking trays and sold in slices. There is also a closed pizza. In Italy it is called "calzone" or "trouser leg". In its shape, it resembles a cheburek or dumpling. There is also pizza in the shape of a crescent-shaped pie. America has its own traditions of making closed pizza. A stuffed-pizza appeared there more than half a century ago (literally - "stuffed", "stuffed"). This dish has a top crust, which resembles our usual cake.
Real pizza must be prepared in front of the client. People are afraid that when ordering pizza, they may not know what. But the delivery of pizza to the client is just an accelerated way to get it right at home or at the workplace. Most pizzerias follow the preparation technique of the product rather carefully, which ensures its quality. So it is not at all necessary to stand above the soul of the cook, he can give an amazing result even without such vigilant control. And who will, along the way, exchange an appetizing slice of freshly prepared flavored pizza for a semi-edible semi-finished product?
Pizza is not suitable for children. Pizza can very well become part of a healthy eating plan. After all, this food is quite nutritious, which is especially important for teenagers. For American children ages 14-18, pizza provides 10% saturated fat and sodium, 11% calcium and thiamine, 9% protein and phosphorus. Pizza is one of the four best sources of calcium, protein, and dietary fiber for children ages 2-18. There are many ways to create the best pizza especially rich in nutrients. It is worth making a thinner crust, using whole grains, less fatty cheeses, lean meats, and more vegetables.