Eat like an Italian: pizza

While there are still many Italians for whom the only pizza is the classic Pizza Margherita — topped with tomato purée, mozzarella, and basil — the world of Italian pizza continues to evolve as pizzaioli (PEE-tzeye-OH-lee) across the country continue to experiment with a wide variety of toppings and approaches.

From “natural yeast” pizza to unusual toppings, the world of pizza continues to change but there are a few rules that true Italian pizza lovers continue to live by…

Pizza as we know it originated in Naples. But today, pizza is served everywhere in Italy, from Sicily to the German- and French-speaking regions of the north. It’s one of the world’s greatest foods and it unites people from every walk of life: do you know anyone who doesn’t like pizza? No, we didn’t think so!

1) a pizza is generally served as a complete meal, with every diner ordering their own pizza;
2) pizza is only very rarely served for lunch;
3) and as much as we love pairing Mazzoni with our pizza, beer is the beverage of choice for pizza (although some of the more avant-garde pizzerie are beginning to offer more wines to their patrons).

Pizza as we know it today originated in Naples. But today pizza is served everywhere in Italy, from the island of Sicily to the French- and German-speaking regions of the far north. It’s a dish that unites people from all walks of life: do you know anyone who doesn’t like pizza? No, we didn’t think so!

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