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Italy flies the flag with the Pizza Tricolore

Three colors, pizza and… imagination. Pizzas all have the same basic recipe: flour, yeast, salt, oil and water. But there are countless possible variants. Here is our version of the Pizza Tricolore.

 

The Pizza Tricolore is no ordinary pizza. The dense green rocket is added last and so avoids the oven, the fresh red cherry tomatoes are lightly blanched, and the milky white mozzarella completes the three colours of the Italian flag. The Pizza Tricolore is also a way for Italy to affirm its historical, cultural and culinary identity and inventiveness at table. Do you know when this pizza was invented?

The Pizza Tricolore in version 1.0

Nominally ‘invented’ in Naples in the first half of the 19th century, over time the pizza has become a global dish, prepared in all countries and by all nationalities with totally different culinary traditions.

The first pizza chef to become famous was Domenico Testa, who in Naples served a pizza for the Queen of the then Kingdom of the two Sicilies towards the mid-19th century. The news evidently spread, because in the summer of 1889, when Umberto I – sovereign of the united Kingdom of Italy – and Queen Margherita arrived in Naples for a holiday, they decided to try a pizza. Don Raffaele Esposito and his wife Rosa Brandi, the owners of a successful pizzeria, were summoned to court to make some royal pizzas.

Don Raffaele prepared three pizzas, and one of them featured a novelty: mozzarella. The latter came from the idea of offering the King and Queen a pizza tricolor with the colors of the Italian flag: red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil. The Queen was particularly pleased with the three-colored pizza, and Don Raffaele immediately took advantage of this regal approval: next day, the new Pizza Margherita was being served at his pizzeria, soon becoming one of the world’s favorite dishes. Today, in fact, pizzas (tricolori and not) can be bought anywhere, from pizzerias to supermarkets, restaurant chains or kiosks: a dish with no borders.

What’s the Pizza Tricolore’s secret?

One of the reasons for the planetary success of the pizza is its versatility: the ultra-simple basic recipe lends itself to an infinity of variations, adapting to every different taste and palate, from the simplest to the most refined. On top of the ungarnished pizza, anything can go, permitting a more or less light meal, but one that is always nourishing. The pizza is also basically an inexpensive dish, respecting the culinary tastes of various nationalities, and can be accompanied by all kinds of drinks: beer, soft drinks from Coca Cola to orange juice, water, wine, sake… and so on. On top of this, pizzas make it possible to socialize in numbers without having to carry out elaborate preparations, as you can confirm with our Pizza Tricolore recipe.

 

Pizza Tricolore: a recipe both tasty and fresh

 

Ingredients

  • 400 g plain 00 flour
  • 200 ml water
  • 1/2 cube of brewer’s yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • salt according to taste
  • 200 g fresh rocket
  • 2 bags of Mozzarella Santa Lucia Galbani
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • 80 g of parmesan cheese flakes
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bunch of basil leaves
  • black pepper

 

Preparation

Dissolve the yeast in a little tepid water and then add a pinch of salt and the cup of olive oil.

Pour this onto the cone-shaped pile of flour on a work surface in wood (or metal or smooth marble) and knead the mixture until it becomes a smooth and elastic dough.

Place this inside a large bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Leave to rest and rise for 3 hours. At this point, extend the dough with a rolling pin and fit it into a round and well-oiled oven dish.

Carefully wash the cherry tomatoes, the rocket and the basil.

Cover the dough with the tomatoes and the diced Santa Lucia mozzarella, sprinkle lightly with salt and place in an oven at 220°C for 15 minutes.

At this point, remove the dish from the oven and further garnish with the rocket, the parmesan flakes, black pepper, basil, oil and balsamic vinegar… all according to taste.

Serve hot and… Happy Pizza Tricolore to one and all!

Crystal Steel Oven

The Crystal Steel series oven comes with a Pizza Plus Program which makes it possible to provide optimal cooking for up to four pizzas at a time and then savour them immediately they’re cooked.

Special oven baking tray

Choose a baking dish in chestnut brown for your pizza

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