5 most popular Italian
Pizza Toppings you can make at home
Pizza in Italy is a serious matter. Starting from the dough, that can be different depending on the area of Italy you are eating in: usually, the crust is thicker in the South and thinner in the northern part of the country. So, Sicilian dough is thick and fluffy, while pizza in Milan is thin and crusty. The filled crust is beloved and well-known around Naples and almost stranger to people living in the North. In the majority of recipes, the crust is then coated with plain tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella – even if you can hear somebody order a “bianca” (no tomato sauce) or ask for a “rossa” (without mozzarella). As for the remaining Italian Pizza toppings, there are many classic combinations. As a rule of thumb, Italians do not use more than three ingredients as Pizza toppings, the most common being fresh or grilled vegetable, different kind of cheeses and cured meats. Seafood and tuna are less common but still acceptable. Chicken, meat and pineapple would make an Italian cringe.
the original recipe created for the Queen
Margherita Pizza was invented in Naples in 1889 to celebrate the unification of Italy and to honor the Queen who was visiting the city. The chef Raffaele Esposito created a crust with the colors of the new Italian flag: the tomato for the color red, the mozzarella for the white color and the basil representing the green. And to honor the Queen, he named the recipe after her.
Yet there are so many different recipes nowadays, Margherita Pizza is still one of the most common and most appreciated all over the country. The secret of such a success lies in the basic Pizza toppings: only three ingredients, perfectly balanced: the sourness of the tomato, the sweetness of the Mozzarella cheese and the fresh touch of the basil. A perfect match, a real praise to simplicity.
Generally, Margherita Pizza is made with “normal” mozzarella, that is the one made with cow milk that is pretty tender and mild. However, if you want to try a tastier Margherita Pizza, you can go for a Margherita with mozzarella di bufala: this version is more succulent and lacier in texture and its flavor is more robust.
a tasty mix of ingredients
Capricciosa Pizza, literally “capricious”, is one of the most popular Pizza toppings in Italy and is present in all menus of pizzeria all over the country. This recipe is basically a classic Margherita topped with black olives, ham, artichokes and porcini mushrooms.
In the Capricciosa Pizza, all the ingredients are sprinkled all together all over the pizza. The same ingredients can be found in the “Quattro Stagioni” but, instead of being mixed, each ingredient is divided into its own quarter.
The Capricciosa is appreciated because of the rich recipe and the variety of the Pizza toppings, however, when you are using simple ingredients, you must ensure that they are of the very best quality. Always prefer conserve in extra virgin olive oil and ham coming from Italy: you will notice the difference!
a healthy and well-balanced recipe
Pizza Vegetariana, also called Ortolana, is the perfect choice for those who do not want to eat cured meat, but also for everybody looking for healthy Pizza toppings!
The classic Pizza Vegetariana provides for grilled eggplant, zucchini and ball peppers, anyway you can choose to add your favorite veggies as well: common additions are diced fresh tomatoes or black olives, but you can let your creativity run free and add your favorite veg!
Loaded up with vegetables and lean proteins, this recipe can provide ample nutrients that a person needs in their diet. Fresh veggies contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which host a plethora of health benefits. Cheese is a good source of proteins, fat and calcium. Pizza Vegetariana is also perfect to make your kids eating more veggies.
Marinara Pizza, garlicky and easy
In most of non-Italian speaker countries, Marinara pizza is the one with seafood. In Italy, however, marinara is not synonym with fish but it means “in the style of a seafarer” and “sugo alla marinara” was something quick and easy to prepare when Italian sailors returned to home port.
Marinara Sauce is the simplest of red sauces, made of very few ingredients — just olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. Marinara Pizza is therefore basic dough with Marinara sauce and nothing else.
Marinara is one of the easiest Pizza toppings in Italy and demands for authentic and genuine products. Having no Mozzarella or other cheese, it is also a perfect option for vegan!
Quattro Formaggi, for cheese lovers
If you love cheese, then this is the crust for you. Quattro Formaggi literally means “four cheeses” and this is the essential recipe: four different cheeses that make a perfect mix of sweet and spicy, yet always keeping a delicate flavor.
The recipe can sometimes change according to the region where it is made, however the most famous one provides for mozzarella, gorgonzola, fontina and stracchino. In the central region of Italy, however, it is not uncommon to find pecorino cheese instead of the fontina or added as “fifth” cheese.
Quattro formaggi is a classic example of “pizza bianca” since it has no tomato sauce. If you want to add a special touch, you can sprinkle some honey (without exaggerating!) and add some walnuts: a Pizza topping that will amaze everybody.