Italian Food Culture and Yummy Italian Pizza Recipe

Italian Food Culture and Yummy Italian Pizza Recipe

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Italy is a country located in southern Europe, officially known as Republica Italiana. Italy is famous for its foodstuffs, the food that conquers the world, the food that people love to consume. Pasta and Pizza houses can be found in every corner of the town and cities throughout the populated regions. Consumers of Italian food varies from children to old age foodies.

Italian Cuisine

Italy is a melting pot of cultural diversity over the centuries. Many civilizations have influenced Italian culture and have added to its incredibly varied Connery spectrum. Italian regions display their colloquial cooking and flavourful styles. The food of Italy is famous throughout the world with dishes like spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli and pizza being famous around the planet.

Italian pizza
Lasagna

History of Italian Food

The spread of Italian food diversity began after the fall of the Roman Empire when individual city-states began to uphold separate identities and traditions. Each region began to display its unique way of cooking. The differences in Italian cooking still show through in the distinctions between the north and the south.

History of Pizza

Italian pizza
Cheesy pizza

Since 500 BC people in the middle east and Mediterranean have been topping flat breads with dates, cheese, oil and herbs. During the 1500 AD poor Greek settlers in Naples would eat their flat breads with various toppings. By the 1700s true pizzas were being produced in Naples and by baking the pizza dough and toppings together. From 1830, the pizza gets famed. Italian immigrants made and sold pizzas. After world war II, the pizza becomes famous in America. Furthermore, in 1957 frozen pizza was introduced. So, specifically Naples, Italy; is the birthplace of pizza.

Italian Food and Culture

Diverse type of bread, variations in pasta, and varying food preparation techniques also differed according to the region. The southern regions of Italy embrace hard-boiled spaghetti, while the north often prefers a soft egg noodle. Coastal regions are known for their developments in delicious fish and seafood, swordfish, lobster, anchovies, sardines, and other Mediterranean treats represents Italian cooking of this area. Each religion in Italy still carries its traditions in cooking that reflects deep history and culture.

Types of Italian Pizza

There are different types of Italian pizzas. Some of the famous Italian pizzas are Napoletana, alla Pala, Tonda Romana, al Tagilo, Fritta, etc. Traditionally there are two types in which pizzas are broadly categorized, these are Marinara and Margherita.

Italian pizza
Margherita pizza

Ingredients for best Italian Pizza

Dough making ingredientsMarinated chickenTopping
Yeast – 1 tbspSmall cubic chicken – 500gmketchup
sugar – 1 tbspYogurt – 2 tbspsausage
salt – 1/2 tbspCoriander powder – 1 tbspcheese
water – 400gmMixed spices (pizza type) – 2 tbspcapsicum slices
oil – 4 tbspBlack pepper powder – 1/2 tbspTomato slices
flour – 600gmSalt – 1 tbspOnion slices
Red chili powder – 1 tbspOlives
Lemon juice – 2 tbspPepperoni
Oil – 5 tbspBacon
This is the simplest and very common pizza recipe practiced by chefs and bakers.

Pizza Making Procedure

Italian pizza
Pizza cooking
Dough Making
  • Take yeast, sugar, salt and add in 200 ml of water in a bowl
  • Mix well to make a mixture
  • Cover the bowl with a lid and allow resting time of 10 minutes under normal temperature say 25 Celsius
  • Take 600g of flour and add the yeast mixture
  • Practice dough making process for at least 8 minutes and add more water if needed, add 4 tbsp of oil
  • Settle dough for 2 hours by wrapping bowl face with polythene transparent food-grade sheet. After then, again knead the dough for a couple of minutes
Italian pizza
Dough making
Marinated Chicken Making
  • Take a bowl and add cubic form, size reduced chicken
  • Add yoghurt, coriander powder, mixed spices, black pepper, salt, red chilli, lemon and mix it thoroughly
  • Allow rest time for 20 minutes
  • Take a pan, preheat the pan and add oil
  • Add marinated chicken in the pre-heated oil. Fry it till the colour of chicken converts to brownish. This process takes almost 4 to 5 minutes
  • Dish out the fried chicken
Baking Preparation
  • Take pizza pan, add dough and set it here properly
  • Paste the sauce on the top of the whole dough
  • Paste the crushed cheese as a topping
  • Furthermore, add equally capsicum slices, tomato slices, onion slices, olives, pepperoni, and bacon for the topping
  • Place the unbaked Pizza in the oven
  • Recommended oven temperature for pizza is 260 Celsius  for 25 to 30 minutes
  • If you need a crunchy pizza, so you have to preheat the oven for 5 minutes before placing the unbaked pizza pan
Italian pizza
Pizza with topping

How to eat Italian Pizza

The eating pattern or style of pizza varies from person to person. Some people feel comfortable to eat pizza by their hands; by folding a slice and putting it into their mouths. While other uses forks and knives to eat pizza. Adding more, after the pizza is served, cut into two halves by using a knife. Otherwise, you can make a small cubic shaped slice. Take a fork and a knife, smoothly, cut a piece with a knife and uplifts with a fork till it reaches your mouth. Additionally, you can use sauce, ketchup or other spices that adds more taste to the pizza.

In Italy, the adult enjoys wine and children’s relish soft drinks during eating pizza.

Italian pizza
Pizza with wine

In a Nutshell

From the last couple of decades, Italian food has conquered the world. Italian American cuisine dominates the world consumption industry. Italian originated food dishes are competing for the competitors of the world. This journey is being fueled by triumph, endurance and passion that are inspiring the new generations. Regional diversity of Italy offers an abundance of taste. Pizza, one of the most copied dishes of Italy in the world, is always in the high demanding trend.

Italian cuisine over the last many decades ruling the world. Italian history of food is very systematic and modified or upgraded by regional tribes. We have discussed here a charming and mouthwatering Italian pizza recipe. Chefs, consumers and evaluators get engaged in contributing to the development of Italian pizza quality, over the last century.  Varying styles of eating of pizza are practiced over the regions.

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