Which pizza is the best?

Italy is not only Pasta e Pizza but a lot of delicious plates different from region to region that we invite you to taste during your travelling. Anyway it’s true that pizza born in Italy, in Naples, and la pizza napoletana è la più buona (in Naple you’ll taste the best pizza). In Naples they use to eat pizza walking on the street and in in this city you’ll find the world’s first pizzeria: Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba whichwas opened in 1830 and it’s situated in the town center at Via Port’Alba 18, Naples, Italy.

Purists, like the famous pizzeria “Da Michele” in Via C. Sersale (founded in 1870), consider there are only two true kind of pizza, la marinara e la margherita, and that is all they serve. These two “pure” pizzas are the ones preferred by many Italians today.

La marinara is the older of the two and is made of tomato, oregano, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. It is named “marinara” because it was traditionally the food prepared by “la marinara”, the seaman’s wife, for her seafaring husband when he returned from fishing trips in the Bay of Naples.

The margheritais topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. It is widely attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito, who worked at “Pizzeria di Pietro“, established in 1880. The legend says that, in 1889, he baked three different pizzas for the visit of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy. The Queen’s favorite was a pizza evoking the colors of the Italian flag—green (basil leaves), white (mozzarella), and red (tomatoes). According to the tale, this combination was named Pizza Margherita in her honor.

Last thing to remember when you enter in a pizzeria is that Peperoni in Italian means peppers. So if you order a peperoni pizza you’ll be surprised when it arrived at the table: one pizza with sweet peppers. If you want an American pepperoni pizza, order a pizza with salame piccante (spicy salami).

N:B: Most places they are now cooking gluten free pizza, if you like to taste one of it just say to the waiters: “Sono celiaco”.

PHRASEBOOK

Tomato – Pomodoro

Tomato sauce – Salsa di Pomodoro

Basil – Basilico

Anchovies – Acciughe

Capers – Capperi

Onions – Cipolle

Pepperoni – Salame piccante

Sausage – Salsiccia

Ham and mushrooms – Prosciutto e funghi

Vegetarian – Vegetariana

We would like 2 pizzas, please – Vorremmo 2 pizze, per favore

Do you have vegan pizza? – Avete la pizza vegana?

Do you have gluten free pizza? – Avete la pizza per celiaci

I have celiac disease – Sono celiaco

I can’t eat gluten – Non posso mangiare glutine

I can’t eat – Non posso mangiare

Wheat – Grano

Rye – Segale

Barley– Orzo

Oats – Avena

With – Con

Without – Senza

In italiano – per ridere un po’ :)!

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3 comments

  1. Although the complex pizza creations may be tasty, more and more I’m appreciating the simple, old school versions like the pizza margherita. I love a light, thin crisp crust. Unfortunately here in the US the crust is sometimes gooey and mushy so the sauce and toppings slide all over.

    That is very funny about pepperoni pizza! It’s good you pointed this out. Someone who was so craving the spicey, salami topped pizza would be very disappointed by having sweet peppers on top!

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