Everybody certainly knows the iconic Margherita, the most popular pizza created in 1889 in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy whose colours recall the Italian flag (green basil, white mozzarella, and red tomatoes). And yet, the first modern version of pizza was invented in Naples in the late 18th century, being nowadays one of the most traditional Italian dishes.
The dough of Neapolitan pizza is unique, made with special unrefined flour and no olive oil. A dough with pronounced but soft edges. It is inimitable, which is why in 2017 UNESCO recognised the "traditional art of the Neapolitan pizza maker" as part of the World Heritage.
But how many more elaborated variations of pizza have you tried?
Capricciosa, for example, made with tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, black olives and Prosciutto Cotto (Italian cooked ham) as basic ingredients. Its harmony and aroma make it a very tempting dish, and it may even vary according to the regions and traditions. Indeed, in some Italian regions, it is not uncommon to find adaptions including capers, sausages or anchovies. In Calabria, for example, it is frequent to also find hard-boiled eggs as an extra topping to Capricciosa.
Amongst the most popular Neapolitan pizzas, the Sausage and Friarielli pizza is certainly worth mentioning. Friarielli are a type of green leafy vegetable with a pleasantly bitter taste that grows on the slopes of Vesuvius. A very similar type grows in Calabria (where it is known as Broccoli di Rapa) and in Apulia (where it is known as Cime di Rapa and it is often used to season the iconic pasta called Orecchiette).
Finally, another must-try is the Ortolana pizza, which is topped with tomato, mozzarella, grilled aubergines, courgettes and peppers, making it a healthier and tasty option suitable for all vegetarians.
All these great suggestions can be found at Bellavita Shop thanks to the amazing product line supplied by Mavi and coming straight from the expert hands of Neapolitan pizza makers. Browse our website, or find us at 11C Dock Street, London E1 8JN, where our range of Neapolitan pizzas can be also served to you in our dedicated lounge.