Lacking some inspiration for your personalised pizza at our Pizza Scuola? Allow us to introduce to you our 4 favourite, lesser-known pizzas that should most definitely be on everyone’s radar.
The Pissaladiere, in case you couldn’t tell by the name, is a French dish hailing from the southern city of Nice, and so, as can be expected, is fabulous. Formed on a bread dough base it’s only slightly thicker than a stand Margherita, covered in caramelised onions and topped with olives, garlic and anchovies. Think Salad Nicose on a pizza.
2) St Louis
In-keeping with the themes of regional pizzas, the St Louis is, needless to say, immensely popular in the Midwestern city of St Louis, but not particularly well-known outside of the states. To be honest, this one is a bit of a curveball; the crust is thin and crisp, similar to a New York crust but different in that it’s yeast-free, the sauce is typically a sweet tasting tomato-oregano number and the toppings tend to be a lot bigger than they would be in a standard pizza, the reason for this is that they are just sliced rather than diced. That’s not all; the St Louis often uses a processed cheese as opposed to an all-natural cheese to speed up the cooking. The final twist? It’s tavern cut, which means it’s cut into rectangles, not triangles.
This is one for the real meat-eaters out there. Not to be outdone by the Calzonne, the Stromboli is a turnover pizza filled with a selection of cheeses and a whole host of Italian meats. Salami and prosciutto are amongst the most popular but capicola and bresaola are also widely available in Italian communities. Vegetables are optional but the dough must be Italian bread dough.
4) French Bread Pizza
What it lacks in an exotic-sounding-name, the French Bread Pizza makes up for in resourcefulness because once again it’s down to pizza to bring us all together. France and Italy are home to arguably the finest cuisines in Europe, if not the world, and so what the French Bread Pizza does is turn two really good things into one great thing. A French baguette, split lengthways, slathered in sauce, topped with your favourite toppings and rounded off with a healthy dollop of cheese makes for a deliciously satisfying pizza that you can make yourself in a matter of minutes. It may not have a fancy name, but we think we know who the people’s champ is.
If you needed an excuse to go out for pizza, we’ve just given you four.
By Aisling Lewis