Types of Pizza

Believed to be the birthplace of pizza, the Italian city of Naples is known around the world, even still today, to have the best tasting pizza anywhere. Pizza is made a little differently in Naples than it is in other places, such as the United States. Many Neopolitan pizza recipes have remained the same for more than three hundred years and many pizza makers in Naples will only make their pizzas in the traditional Neopolitan ways, with only the ingredients and toppings that were used in the beginning of pizza making in Naples. You won't find many pizzas in with pineapple and anchovies in the city of Naples, that much is for sure. Also, Neopolitan pizza makers will often use only large wood burning ovens as they have done since the days when pizza was first introduced to the people. These traditional pizza ovens can reach as high as nine hundred degrees, at this temperature it only takes around four or five minutes to cook a pizza completely. In Italy, pizza is one of the most reasonable dishes you can have. Don't worry about the price because most of them you really can afford to pay.

Some of the most well known types of traditional pizza from the city of Naples are:

The Pizza Margherita, or Pizza Margarita to some, is a classic Neopolitan pizza which is made with extra virgin olive oil, fresh tomatoes, basil and sliced mozzarella cheese. This pizza was first created by Raffaele Esposito, a local baker in Naples. He made it for the visit of King Umberto the first and Queen Margherita of the new established Savoy dynasty, along with two others, Queen Margherita proclaimed this particular pizza her favorite for it's delicious taste and colors that represented the colors on the Italian flag. So this pizza was from then on known as the Pizza Margherita, in her honor.

The Pizza Marinara, which is considered to be the first type of traditional Neopolitan pizza ever to have been made and sold to the public. Pizza Marinara is a very simple pizza that is made with extra vigin olive oil, fresh tomatoes, oregano and garlic. Originally, Pizza Marinara was said to be made by local bakers and sold to the poor people of Naples from hand carts and stands in the streets. One of the main customers of pizza makers in the beginning was all of the sailors and fishermen coming back to Naples from their long voyages and fishing trips in the Bay of Naples. Vendors would push their hand carts down to the docks and wait for ships to come in with hungry sailors to sell their delicious pizza to. A simple Marinara you can have it for just EUR 3.

The Pizza Quattro Stagioni, or four seasons pizza in English, is a beautiful and tasty Neopolitan pizza that is divided into four sections to represent the four seasons. Each section has different toppings, giving each slice it's own unique flavor, as well as making it a more difficult and time consuming pizza to put together. The original creator of the pizza quattro stagioni is not known or documented, but Antonio Pace, owner of Ciro a Santa Brigida Ristorante Pizzeria in Naples, has claimed that one of his ancestors had invented the now famous Neopolitan pizza to please his family's different tastes. Traditionally, the Pizza Quattro Stagioni is made with sections of mussels or clams, thinly sliced Prosciutto, artichokes, mushrooms, garlic, mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan cheese and fresh plum tomatoes and fresh herbs such as parsley, oregano, basil, and thyme.

These are just three of the great traditional pizzas of the historic city of Naples, Italy, birthplace of the pizza and home to some of the most delicious pizza in the world. If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop in and try the best pizza you ever tasted because it's really different from pizza that you ever found anywhere else. One of the reasons why Naples's pizza so tasty compared to others is the ingredients. According to people who stay in there the ingredient for Naples pizza aren't available elsewhere. That is the reason why Italian's pizza so unique and also really special.

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