Pizza is a dish of Italian origin consisting of a usually round, flat base of leavened wheat-based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, and often various other ingredients, which is then baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven. A small pizza is sometimes called a pizzetta. Looking back into history and finding out how it all started reveals specifically, that baker Raffaele Esposito from Naples is often given credit for making the first such pizza pie. Historians note, however, that street vendors in Naples sold flatbreads with toppings for many years before then. Legend has it that Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited Naples in 1889. While few food connoisseurs argue on what is so special about a pizza? Your taste buds are the primary factor in what makes pizza special.
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Along with sweet, salty, sour and bitter, there is a fifth “taste” called umami. Umami was pinpointed by a Japanese chemist who took his observations into a lab and determined exactly what “umami” was and how it affected your taste buds.
A few facts about how the very first pizza came into existence says, that the first Italian pizza restaurant, Antica Pizzeria Port ‘Alba, began baking pizzas in 1738 as the dish grew in popularity, especially with tourists visiting Naples. Then, in 1889, modern pizza was born when pizza maker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita” for the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. Pizza was first invented in Naples, Italy as a fast, affordable, tasty meal for working-class Neapolitans on the go. While we all know and love these slices of today, pizza actually didn’t gain mass appeal until the 1940s, when immigrating Italians brought their classic slices to the United States.
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Some also call it pizza pie for the fact that Pizza was first invented in Naples, Italy as a fast, affordable, tasty meal for working-class Neapolitans on the go. While we all know and love these slices of today, pizza actually didn’t gain mass appeal until the 1940s, when immigrating Italians brought their classic slices to the United States. The pizza is usually round in shape but why must it be round? For starters, round pies can be easily cut and divided into equal pieces. Second, a circular shape can be more evenly cooked and heated throughout. Pizza dough is also stretched by spinning the lump of dough in the air, which takes advantage of centrifugal force and rounds the dough out. Here are a few of my all-time favourite pizza recipes for our readers to freshly bake and relish.
Recipe-1] MURGH AFGHANI PIZZA
Recipe-2] PAN-N- PICK PIZZA
Recipe-3] DESI SAUSAGE PIZZA
Recipe- 4] FUSION TOSS PIZZA
Recipe-5] MURGH MASALA MIX PIZZA
Recipe-6] VEGGIE WONDER PIZZA
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.