Pizza: an international Italian dish

Pizza is a gastronomic product that consists of a mixture of flour, water and yeast, typically seasoned with tomato, mozzarella and other ingredients. There are different types of pizza based on the preparation.

The traditional or Neapolitan pizza is the best known and most consumed, it is rolled out in the shape of a disc and cooked in contact with the hot surface of the oven. Another type of this delicious meal is “pizza by the slice”, which is seasoned and cooked in large rectangular metal trays and then sold by weight or by the piece in pizzerias or by bakers; the “pizza alla pala”, like the pizza by the slice, is large and sold by weight, but the cooking takes place directly in the oven, like that of the classic pizza; “pizza by the meter” is also a variant of “pizza alla pala” but is sold by the meter and not by weight.

The Neapolitan pizza is the only pizza recognized in Europe, in fact from February 4th 2010 it is officially recognized as a guaranteed traditional specialty of the European Union. In 2017, UNESCO inscribed the art of the Neapolitan pizza maker in the  Intangible Cultural Heritage list .This is a round pizza with soft dough and high edges. The swelling is due to the air moving outwards during the handling of the dough. To obtain the “Neapolitan pizza” brand, cooking must take place in a wood oven at about 485 degrees. The various types of pizza can then be seasoned with the most varied ingredients: from simple tomato and mozzarella, passing through mushrooms, sausage, buffalo, raw or cooked ham, up to the most sophisticated toppings such as truffles and salmon. In short, there is plenty of choice.

And then enjoy your meal!

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