Today is National Pizza Day! We are huge fans of pizza around here. Be it thick crust, thin crust, savoury or sweet, we are happy to eat it anytime.
Here’s a list of Neopolitan pizza facts from Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria. Check it out and see below on how you can win a gift card to Famoso!
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Neapolitan Pizza
1. Burn, baby, burn: It’s not just any oven that can create a Neapolitan pizza, and only the right kind gives the soft, moist centre, and perfectly crisp, slightly charred, crust of a true authentic. As such, it’s typically only at a restaurant that you can experience a Neapolitan the way it’s done in Naples. At Famoso, the pizza is fired in an authentic bell-shaped oven, imported from Italy, for 90 seconds at a sizzling 900ºF.
2. I got the key: The crust of an authentic Neapolitan pizza uses a dough that is made with highly refined, Italian type ‘0’ or ‘00’ wheat flour, which refers to the texture of the flour. Type ‘00’ flour, of which the Caputo variety is used at Famoso, is the finest grind available. This highly refined flour is low-gluten, meaning it’s easily digestible, while giving the dough just enough elasticity to create the perfect crust. At Famoso, any of their pizzas – and many other menu options – can be adapted to suit a gluten-free diet.
3. Love at first fold: It’s not just the way it’s made that makes a Neapolitan pizza. Once served, the pizza should be eaten ‘a libretto’ – like a book – for the tastiest and most authentic Italian dining experience.
4. Margherita Mondays: Baker Raffaele Esposito, a 19th century Italian owner of Naples eatery ‘Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi’ is considered by some to be the founder of the Margherita pizza, having been requested to create a dish for Queen Margherita of Savoy who had travelled to Naples with King Umberto I. Preparing his speciality, Esposito made a pizza using tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, to celebrate the colours of the Italian flag through the ingredients. Famoso celebrates the traditional Margherita every Monday, offering them for $8 each.
5. A ‘pizza’ the action: The pizza that we eat today – dough topped with tomatoes and cheese – was invented in Naples, Italy, hundreds of years ago. Prior to this, the closest thing to what is arguably our nation’s favourite dish, was a flatbread, however these were never topped with tomatoes. Once tomatoes arrived in Europe, and used as a flatbread topping, the pizza was born. Today, Famoso imports all its tomatoes from the region of Campania (of which Naples is the region capital), and hand-mills them before the oven caramelizes them to perfection.
Want to win a gift card for Famoso? Leave a comment and let me know what kind of toppings you like on your pizza. Good luck!
Contest closes on Wednesday, February 15th at 11:59pm MST. Winner will be chosen at random. Winner has 48 hours to respond and claim the prize before a new winner is chosen.