Pizza is an authentic Italian dish which is served in different styles and loaded with a variety of toppings. To ace the art of pizza making, various methods have been developed to overcome challenges such as preventing the sauce from combining with the doughand producing a crust that can be frozen and reheated without becoming rigid. However, there’s more to this cheese-loaded delight. Move over those regular Margherita and pepperoni pizzas as there are many other traditional Italian pizzas which are to drool for! With cheese oozing out of every portion-sized slice of these pizzas, all cheese lovers are sure to go gaga over them. Here’s a list of some exotic pizzas which are an absolute must try.
Neapolitan/Napolitano pizza is a type of pizza which is prepared with simple and fresh ingredients like dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and olive oil. This pizza variety does not have any fancy toppings but is worth every bit of it. What makes this pizza different from the rest is that it has more sauce than cheese in it, making it a bit wet and soggy. It is also fairly small in size, around 10-12″ like a personal sized pizza.
Sicilian pizza is often thick crusted and rectangular in shape. It has more dough, sauce and cheese than the Neapolitan pizza. It is seasoned with herbs, onions, tomato sauce, strong cheese and anchovies. Sometimes the sauce is placed on top of the toppings to prevent it from soaking into the thick dough.
Pizza Al Taglio
This pizza variety is a complete treat to the eyes. Pizza al Taglio is baked in large rectangular trays and generally sold in rectangular or square slices by weight. It was invented in Rome and is quite popular across the world now. The main emphasis is not on the visual aspect rather on the taste of the product and the convenience of the process.
Pizza Capricciosa is prepared with mozzarella cheese, Italian baked ham, mushroom, artichoke and tomato. This pizza has an interesting blend of different flavours which are quite drool-worthy. Some versions of this pizza may also include prosciutto, marinated artichoke hearts, olive oil, olives, basil leaves and egg. It can be made by using a thin crust as well , so you can also customize it while placing an order.
Pizza Quattro Stagioni
Pizza Quattro Stagioni is prepared in four sections with diverse ingredients. The most interesting thing about this pizza is that each section represents each season of the year. It is prepared by using artichokes, tomatoes or basil, mushrooms and ham or olives. The artichokes represent spring, tomatoes or basil represent summer, mushrooms represent autumn and ham or olives represent winter. It is prepared with tomato sauce and cheese and many other ingredients can also be included.
Pizza Pugliese is a subtle preparation of tomato, onion and mozzarella cheese. For variations, different varieties of cheese and gourmet ingredients may be added. Some may use oregano, olives and capers as ingredients. Some may not use pizza sauce at all and substitute half of the mozzarella with provolone cheese or pecorino cheese.
So next time when you’re ordering a pizza, bring this list to your rescue and try something new and exotic.