The pizza of Naples is famous all over the world for being the most authentic form of this delicious recipe. Authenticity does not mean that there could not be different kinds of the original Neapolitan pizza!
Pizza of Naples can be different both for variations in preparation, shape and cooking. Let’s discover which are the main types.
- Classic pizza (round shaped).
It is the classic Neapolitan pizza, made with a mixture of flour, water, yeast, salt and oil. The dough is spread as a disc, seasoned and cooked in an oven that used to be in stone. The classic pizza is recognized as the truly original pizza, especially if it is Margherita (tomato, mozzarella, basil and oil) or Marinara (tomato, garlic, oregano and olil).
- Pizza “al taglio” (i.e. to cut).
Also known as “pizza in a pan”, pizza al taglio is a pizza made with leavened dough and spread, seasoned and cooked in huge rectangular metalplates. Unlike round pizza, you do not have to order but you can choose it from the different kinds that you find exposed in the windows of the sellers. You can taste it warm or cold and it is always great! It is for this reason that the dough of this kind of pizza of Naples contains more water than the others. Tastiness is guaranteed at any hour.
- Pizza allapala (i.e. pizza on a shovel)
This kind of Neapolitan pizza is a mix between the first ones. Although it is aesthetically like the pizza al taglio, pizza allapala is sold by weight and it is cooked like the classic pizza, in the oven, on a shovel. This makes it remarkably tastier.
The calzone is also known as “pizza chiusa”: literally, it means “closed pizza” but meant like “folded on itself”. The calzone has an abundant seasoning and can be served cooked both in the oven and fried.
- Pizza fritta
Fried pizza is like a big a calzone. It is another very popular kind of Neapolitan pizza and can be seasoned both inside and outside. In this last case, the fried dough is used as a basis for other ingredients.
- Pizza piena
Pizza piena means “full pizza” but does not look like the traditional pizza. It is a traditional recipe of Naples and of Calabria. It looks like a savoury pie that can be stuffed with vegetables, cheeses and salami.
Don’t worry if you are coeliac! A lot of Neapolitan pizzerias sells gluten free pizzas too!