There are days when you choose to have a classic breakfast of eggs & toast. And, there are days when you crave a scrumptious breakfast to kickstart your day – a breakfast pizza is your answer for all these days. Before you dive in to whip up a delicious breakfast pizza, here’s a slice of history for you about the origins of this Italian staple.
What’s the Origin of Pizza
Whether it’s a party or a lazy weekend, Pizzas have been our constant companions, but do you know where it’s from? Pizza’s birthplace is in Italy’s Campania region, home to the city of Naples. But this cheesy delight has been on its own journey – flatbreads with toppings have been a favourite since time immemorial and were eaten by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.
Fuss-free, quick meals have always been an easy choice, whether it is the 21st century or the 1700s, and pizza easily fits the bill. They were inexpensive, could be eaten for any meal and were also sold by street vendors and restaurants. Back then, pizzas eaten in Naples featured garnishes that are popular even today – tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies and garlic. Since pizzas are easy and quick, they began to intrigue many non-Italians and slowly made their way into the hearts and households across the globe.
What are the Different Types of Pizza
The classic Neapolitan pizza has three variants, while pizza marinara features tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil, pizza margherita is made with tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.
Another American classic is the deep-dish pizza or the Chicago pizza which gets its name from the city it was invented in. In the early 1900s, many Italian immigrants were missing the pizza from their hometown, it was then that Ike Sewell, a restaurateur came up with this pizza with a thick crust and raised edges, similar to a pie.
The New York-Style Pizza, with its large, foldable slices and crispy outer crust, is one of America’s most famous regional pizza types. Although it is a variation of Neapolitan-style pizza, the New York pizza has become quite popular, with some saying that it gets its unique flavour from the minerals present in New York’s tap water supply.
Sfincione or the Sicilian pizza is a thick cut of pizza with pillowy dough and a crunchy crust topped with a robust tomato sauce. This square-cut pizza can be served with or without the cheese. Sometimes, the cheese is also added underneath the sauce – so the pie does not become soggy. Like the Neapolitan pizza, Sicilian pizza was also brought to the United States by Sicilian immigrants.
Now that you know of many classic pizzas, it’s time you tie up your aprons and whip up a delicious Breakfast Pesto Pizza at home to kickstart your day.
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