Many people ask: “What makes Neapolitan Pizza different from American Pizza?
Well, not only is the crust thinner, but the quality of ingredients is obvious. American pizza relies on heavily spiced sauce, tons of salt, and massive amounts of cheese full of preservatives for it’s taste.
An authentic Neopolitan pizza, on the other hand, involves a much more subtle blend of flavors. Margherita pizza, Italian pizza in its basic, pure form, Is made of Italian grown tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a little bit of virgin olive oil. That’s it!
Not just any pizza can be truly labeled as “Neapolitan style,” or after the style of Naples, Italy. In fact, not many pizzas qualify for this honor. Terra Mia is a member of the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) Association, which dictates whether or not a pizza can really be considered “Neapolitan style.” Some of these stringent rules include: the use of a wood-burning oven, specific ingredients (special Italian wheat flour, natural Neapolitan yeast, salt, and water), and proper technique (dough kneaded by hand or low-speed mixer, no rolling pin used, crust at least 1/8 an inch thick, etc.). Terra Mia meets all these requirements and thus is qualified to make authentic, Neapolitan style pizzas for the residents of the Wasatch Front!
Grease vs. Olive Oil
If you see something that looks suspiciously like grease on your pizza, do not be deceived! There’s no need to grab your napkin to soak up all the excess grease. Why? Because it’s not grease at all! We top our basic pizza, the Margherita, with extra virgin olive oil, which has many health benefits (in spite of looking like the typical grease found pooled on so many traditional American pizzas). You may not know that Italian pizza is significantly healthier than traditional American “Chicago Style” pizza, in part due to the absence of lots of grease. So the next time we deliver a pizza to your table, you can view it calmly with an educated eye – no need for a panic attack (or a heart attack either)!
Some other facts about the Margherita pizza:
The Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy, who was queen in Italy from 1878 to 1900.
In 1889 when Queen Margherita and King Umberto went on a trip to visit Naples, they were greeted with a special pizza made just for her. This pizza was made by Raffaele Esposito. He used the tomato, basil, and cheese to represent the colors of the Italian Flag! This also happened to be the first time cheese was ever added to pizza!
Did you know that an entire Margherita pizza contains less calories than one sliceof a Costco cheese pizza? Now that’s something you can feel good about!