1. Naples: Pizza Napoletana
If pizza is your priority for a trip to Italy then Naples – the birthplace of modern pizza – is the place you need to go. Famously featured in the film Eat, Pray, Love, Pizza Napoletana is the city’s signature dish and it’s not just any pizza. There are very strict rules when it comes to its preparation – only a certain recipe for the dough must be used and only two toppings are allowed. What are my options I hear you cry? Marinara or margherita (don’t even try to ask for pineapple). The end result is a delicious pizza with chewy crusts that traditionally should only be eaten with a knife and fork.
2. Rome: Pizza al Taglio
So remember at the start of this, I mentioned circles? Scrap that for Rome. Rectangular and served by the slice, Pizza al Taglio is the best ‘fast food’ Rome has to offer. Simply pick out which pizza takes your fancy, nod when they slice up the right amount (make it a big slice. No judgement here) and they’ll give you a price based on the weight. The Roman-style is to eat standing just outside the pizzeria – the perfect snack during a day’s sightseeing.
3. Bari, Puglia: Panzerotto
Love a good calzone? How do you feel about it being deep-fried? If you’ve been to Scotland, you’ll have probably tried the deep-fried pizza delicacy at the local chippy, but if you want a good calzone in the same format, then you need to visit Bari in Puglia. So what are they? They’re known as a panzerotto and are small pizza pockets, normally filled with fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella although you can find versions with ham and onions if you’re feeling adventurous. Don’t get us wrong – sometimes you can find them in other places in Italy, but Bari is their home so if you want a truly authentic version, you best head there.
4. Turin: Pizza al Padellino
Good things come in small packages and these little delights are no different. These individual pizzas are native to Turin in Northern Italy and unique as they are baked and served in a pan. The distinctive baking style means that the dough is more risen and you get more of a fried crust than other Italian pizzas. Nearly every pizzeria in Turin will serve this indulgent deep pan style, so take your pick and enjoy.
5. Palermo, Sicily: Sfincione
The fluffy base of Sfincione is very similar to focaccia bread, and it is traditionally served with tomato, anchovy, cheese and breadcrumbs on top. It’s known to have inspired the deep-dish pizza that is popular in America and is often served in rectangular slices. You can pick up a slice or two from either street vendors or bakeries.
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