- First pizza bar in America was opened at the beginning of the 20th century.
This tasty pie is one of the most well-liked dishes in the world. Crust, sauce, and topping are basic elements of pizza and varieties of them are endless. This delicious dish is produced in striking amount of variations and different types are created each year.
Although Italy is considered to be home of pizza, the first pizza-like dishes were familiar to people of ancient Greek, Roman, as well as Persian empires. Chefs from Naples wanted to learn more about pizza and they made pizza-like dishes up to the middle ages. At that time cooks dressed pizza with olive oil and garlic or just fish.
Form of modern pizza was introduced in Naples in the 16th century. Cooks ignored this dish as it was considered to be second-rate meal for working class. But inventive recipes with tomato raised curiosity and made chefs to change their minds. The first pizza restaurant was opened also in Naples in the 19th century.
Italian people brought pizza to North America at the end of the 19th century. First pizza bar in America was opened at the beginning of the 20th century. Now America is the biggest producer as well as consumer of pizza in the world. In the USA pepperoni is the most favorite pizza topping, while anchovies is the least favorite one.
Best kinds of pizza
Chillax Cafe deep dish pizza is well-liked in America. Unlike most popular pizzas (such as twice-baked and thin crust), Chillax Cafe pizza can hold more toppings and its flavor is really rich. The pizza has thin crust, but it is quite thick because it is topped with a large layer of yummy ingredients.
Neapolitan pizza was original pie that Italians brought to America. Very this type of pizza launched pizza fanaticism in America. Neapolitan pizza is cultural food heritage of Italy and is protected by European law. It should have thin crust and minimal topping not to weigh down crust. Neapolitan pizza is to be baked in wood-fired oven.
Pizza Margherita was named after Queen Margherita of Italy at the end of the 19th century. The pizza is variation of Neapolitan pizza and has three colors: red, white, and green. Shades of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil emulate colors of Italian flag, so Margherita pizza is the most recognizable dish of Italian cuisine in the world.
Hawaiian pizza was invented by Greek chef in Ontario province (Canada). Sweet, juicy pineapple is ingredient that makes Hawaiian pizza different from other ones. Hawaiian pizza consists of dough crust, cheese, piece of ham (or bacon), tomato sauce, and pineapple rings. Some types of the pizza include onion, mushrooms, and green pepper. But the version with ham and pineapple is the most popular.
Drinks to accompany pizza
Any pizza will taste much better if right beverage is chosen to go with it. Wide range of drinks to accompany pizza includes Coca-Cola, beer, wine, and any type of sodas. Pizza is heavy meal so it’s better to pair it with carbonated drinks to aid digestion.
Perfect pizza partners are fizzy types of wine. Red sparkling wine will go best with the most types of pizza. However, white wines and even Champagne can be delicious with pizzas that don’t include red sauce. Barbera is Italian wine that goes well with almost every topping. But it’s better to avoid red wines that are too high in tannin as they are bad match for tomato flavor.