Minggu, 27 Januari 2013

Satisfying America's Pizza Love Affair

Americans have a love affair with food and one of the favorites is pizza. Various types are enjoyed all over the country with various traditional spices, crust styles, and the flavors of the different regions. The United States is home to four main styles.

The original style that came over from Italy with the immigrants is the Margherita, which is a Neapolitan style out of Naples, which is named for the queen of Savoy. To be able to have it called a true Margherita, you need to be certified by the Vera Pizza Napoletana Association. Traditionally, it has hand prepared and kneaded crust and is topped with fresh basil, mozzarella, and fresh tomatoes.

The New York style is a commonly enjoyed variation. The downtown Manhattan restaurant, Lombardi's, gave birth to the American-style pizza. It historically has been served in such large pieces that it is traditionally eaten folded down the center, lengthwise. The sauce is a simple tomato base and is usually eaten with just cheese, or with no more than two other toppings.

As you cross westward over the country, you come to Chicago where a unique style of pizza can be enjoyed. This is the deep dish, which is eaten with a fork because it is too thick to pick up with your fingers. The style was born at Pizzeria Uno by Ike Sewell and has a delicious butter crust and a sauce that is chunkier and sweeter than the New York style. The crust is placed up the sides of the pan, then is completely covered with cheese, then topped with layers of Italians sausage and more cheese, and covered with cheese. Chicago is also home to stuffed crust, which is topped with a layer of crust under the sauce. On this style, the crust often has to be pre-cooked due to its thickness.

Finally, there is the gourmet style that is served on the West coast and can usually be identified by the toppings, while you can tell the others apart by the crust. The non-traditional toppings include, but are not limited to, artichoke hearts, olive oil, oysters, and eggplant. Also included in the gourmet category are dessert and breakfast pizzas. Some toppings, such as eggplant, may need to be pre-cooked so that the crust does not get soggy.

Whether you are craving a simple meal or a meal with rustic and unique toppings, there is an American pie out there for you to enjoy anywhere you may be in the country. If you enjoy pizza, you will not be disappointed.

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