Monday, March 26, 2007
Pizza in Napoli (Naples)
Pissa is late Vulgar Latin (9th century) for flat bread, and apparently came to mean a flat bread with a cheese topping by the 14th century in some Italian dialects. Pizzo, which means "point" in Italian, may have been an influence. Many languages around the Mediterranean have similar words meaning flat bread or unleavened bread, see pita.
The Italian word for a person with talent for making pizza is pizzaiolo. A restaurant that serves pizza is called a pizzeria (from Italian).
Pizza marinara: with tomato, garlic, oregano and oil;
Pizza Margherita: tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil and oil;
Pizza Romana (in Naples): tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, oregano, oil;
Pizza Viennese: tomato, mozzarella, German sausage, oregano, oil;
Calzone is a pizza in the form of a half moon, filled with ricotta, salami and mozzarella; it can be either fried or oven baked.
Calzone and stromboli are very similar dishes (calzone is traditionally half-moon-shaped, while a stromboli is tube-shaped) that are often made of pizza dough rolled or folded around a filling.