Top 10 Pizzas To Try On Your Next Trip To Italy
Updated: May 7
A pizza in Italy is nearly as important as religion or politics and it splits opinions
like nothing else. We personally know families and friends that have come to
blows on the simple topic of which pizza to eat and we have also witnessed
relationships mend over a bite of this rich, fluffy goodness.
Italy’s most emblematic culinary creation, the genuine pizza Margherita is prepared with just a few locally sources Italian ingredients. This pizza is topped with rich tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
Did you know, in 1889, Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples, where the pizza Margherita was served to her to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese, and green basil.
A chef named Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi is credited for this fluffy creation. The Queen loved the dish so much that Esposito named it after her - pizza Margherita.
Marinara is a Neapolitan pizza that is aromatic, rich, and packed with flavor. This pizza does not contain any type of cheese and quite frankly we do not even miss it. The soft dough is topped with a flavored tomato sauce, oregano, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and sometimes fresh basil.
A fun fact, the name Marinara comes not from the reference to the sea but to the fisherman whose stable food was this pizza.
The literal translation of this pizza name is capricious meaning unpredictable and the name does fit it perfectly because the toppings to this pizza change from region to region.
Though the toppings may change from place to place, the most common ones are tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes, ham, olives, and a sliced hard-boiled egg, whereas, in central and northern Italy, it is common to add capers, sausages, and sometimes-even anchovies, to the pizzas.
With the loaded toppings no wonder this is a popular favourite for natives and tourists alike!
The Pizza Bufala is a play on the classic Margherita. The pizza crust is soft and very thin at the base. The dough fluffs up on the sides, which results in a pillow-like crust that should have typical charred 'leopard spots' if baked properly.
The Bufala defers from the Margherita by the fact that buffalo mozzarella is creamier, softer, and far more flavorful than regular mozzarella, with tanginess and depth of flavor that's it definitely owns!
This pizza is all about the spicy salami. The literal translation of the name of this pizza is devil’s pizza, to define the spiciness of its toppings.
The Diavola is a great pizza for anyone who loves strong flavours. The spiciness of the salami perfectly compliments the rich tomato flavor and creaminess of the mozzarella. It’s the perfect pizza for all the daredevils out there!
6. Frutti di Mare
In Italian, Frutti di Mare means fruits of the sea or seafood and although it may sound strange, this pizza hits all the right spots.
This pizza combines the deliciousness of a Marinara pizza with the freshness of locally sourced Italian seafood like shrimps, mussels and squids, with end notes of garlic and parsley.
Hailing from 18th century Naples, calzone literally means pant leg, which refers to the fact that calzone's original purpose was to be a pizza on the go – to be consumed in the middle of activities such as walking or standing.
Calzones are inverted pizzas in the shape of a half-round, where the sauce and toppings are stuffed in the center of the round instead of on top.
Typically, calzones are filled with meats such as salami or ham and cheeses such as mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiano-reggiano and pecorino
8. Prosciutto e funghi
The classic combo of ham and mushrooms immortalized in a pizza.
Traditionally this pizza is a more complex version of the Margherita topped with prosciutto cotto or cooked ham and mushrooms. But nowadays it’s also known to be prepared with prosciutto crudo or raw ham that is placed on top after the pizza is removed from the oven.
9. Quattro formaggi
Quattro formaggi or four-cheese pizza is a variety of Italian pizza topped with a combination of four kinds of cheeses. Traditionally, the cheeses should be mozzarella and three other, local cheeses, depending on the region, such as gorgonzola, fontina, and parmigiano-reggiano.
The purpose of this pizza is to showcase the quality and variety of Italian cheeses from all over Italy. The combination of different cheeses gives this pizza an unusual, unique flavor that is loved by cheese-aficionados all over the globe.
This pizza is for the weight-watchers of the world. The Vegetariana pizza is loaded with slow roasted veggies and is perfect for those who want to eat something delicious, but at the same time keep an eye on their waistline.
In addition to the staple high quality mozzarella and tomato sauce used in all pizzas, the main ingredients of this pizza are roast bell peppers, aubergines and zucchini slices thinly into strips to give a complementary crunch to the airy pizza dough.
So now that you know all about the most popular pizzas in Italy and what the Italians like to order in their favourite pizzerias, all you have to do is travel to Italy and try these Italian classics. You can never order too many pizzas!