Pizza has been a long-historical food for generations, with the word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997 in Gaeta and successively in different parts of Central and Southern Italy. Pizza was mainly eaten in Italy and by emigrants from there. But how Italian is Americanized Pizza, and what is Italian pizza like?
First of all, whether you’re sitting seaside in Sicily, admiring the Tuscan countryside or observing the twinkling lights of the Colosseum as night falls, you will find that Italian pizzas aren’t served as a slice, but most commonly as a whole pie. Although you may discover that each commune in Italy has their own personal tweaks and styles, you will likely be left to apportion the tasty morsel yourself. Often when people order a pizza, they’re expecting to share. However, in Italy, each person will get their own massive pie and trade pieces around the table.
The sauce is the next important factor and is usually made from peeled local Italian tomatoes, most often San Marzano, grown meticulously in rich Italian soil and blended with a variety of well-portioned herbs. Another oddity is that this sauce is not cooked alongside the other toppings but remains fresh and chilled atop the crust. In some versions, Italian pizza is served entirely without sauce, called bianca, and is instead lightly doused with olive oil.
Instead of small slices of pepperoni or a sprinkling of shredded cheese, you’ll find large discs of prosciutto or slabs of gooey buffalo mozzarella. There is also an entire niche of toppings that are hard to come by anywhere else in the world, such as eggplant, artichokes, pumpkin, truffle, and salty capers. Lastly, pizzas are often topped with a delicate drizzle of olive oil to lend smooth uniformity and then a scattering of aromatic leafy basil.
These components differ completely from American Pizza,
A key difference between the American and Italian versions is the type of sauce used. In the US, a slow-cooked tomato sauce is used. Some restaurants create their own tangy recipes to give their pizzas a unique taste that you can’t find anywhere else.
In the US, you are more likely to be able to have the pizza done your way. America is the home of the meat lover’s special. You’ll see every type of meat piled on top of a pizza – sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, bacon, ham, the list goes on and on.
Italians are horrified by this approach to pizza. They consider it a sacrilege. In Italy, mixing meats just isn’t done – they appreciate the unique flavors of each type of meat. They don’t generally include a savory medley of different types of meats in one dish. They often view meat lover’s pizza is a part of the US tradition of excess, but that doesn’t mean that this type pizza isn’t tasty.
The variety of pizza sets it off as just an Italian dish, as you can do tons of things to make different pizzas. Due to this, Pizza isn’t considered mainly an Italian dish, but rather a national dish that everyone can enjoy.