Here I am again, and this time I will write about the classic of classics: Italian Pizza!
When I’m abroad, I am totally fine with eating at Pizza Hut or stuff like that, it’s not that I don’t like it. But I can’t forget how the real thing looks (and tastes) like!
Actually Italian pizza can change a lot according to the different areas of Italy: it can be thicker or thinner, crunchier or softer, but the taste and its ingredients will always be another thing if you compare any Italian pizza to foreign “American style” pizza.
I have to admit when I was in New York City I found some real Italian pizza around: I remember going to Luzzo (East Village) often, and Emporio (NoLita) too, for instance.
Tonight I went out with a friend and had my first take away pizza since I came back from Egypt. When I entered the pizzeria I asked if I could take some photos, and they said it was ok. So here they are!
Pizzeria “Pulcinella” is the best take away pizza place in Santa Margherita Ligure, my hometown (No, this is not a sponsored post!). The owners are from Naples, so they are definitely the pizza masters! The pizzeria is called “Pulcinella” after the homonymous Italian Neapolitan Carnival mask.
So I am glad and proud to show you the process of making real oven baked Italian pizza!
At first, the dough is spread out and stretched.
Then the guy started to throw the pizza dough in the air rotating it in order to stretch it even more. I still wonder how they do that!
Now the dough is ready for its topping!
Almost every pizza has a base of tomato, so he started spreading fresh tomato sauce over the dough.
Next step is: add your favourite toppings! Like delicious fresh stracchino (a soft cheese typical of my area) and prosciutto cotto (ham: yes, I was missing this in Cairo!).
My friend chose vegetarian pizza, with mushrooms, peppers and zucchini. No cheese!
Both pizzas were baked in a real wood-fired brick oven.
And after a few minutes all pizzas were ready. Yummy!
He made my pizza in the shape of a heart. How sweet!
Have you ever tried Italian pizza? Do you prefer American pizza? I know it’s a never-ending debate but I’m always up to it:)