After the creation of the first pizza, the Neapolitan pizza, numerous other styles have made their presence known. These include the New York-Style pizza, Sicilian pizza, Chicago deep-dish pizza, and everything in between. In today’s blog, we will discuss the ongoing debate of whether the traditional Neapolitan style pizza or the Chicago deep-dish pizza deserves the title of “The Best Style of Pizza”. To learn more, keep reading below!
What is Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza?
As implied by the name, this pizza is cooked in a deep pie-like pan, giving it a deep crust with a thick layer of toppings. Due to the thickness of the toppings, the pizza must be assembled in a specific order, distinguishing itself from other well-known styles. In order to prevent the top of the pizza from burning, the cheese must be added directly onto the crust with the meats and vegetables layered on the cheese. After baking for about 45 minutes, an uncooked tomato sauce is placed on top of the toppings as the last layer. As a result of the extra time, effort, and plethora of ingredients put into making a deep-dish pizza, this style is known to be one of the more expensive versions of the comfort food. If you are looking for a filling, hearty meal this may be able to satisfy your craving.
What Makes Neapolitan Style Pizza Special?
The original style of pizza, the Neapolitan pizza, is favored for its simplicity, affordability, and authenticity. Its dough consists plainly of flour, yeast, salt, and water. As for the toppings, the recipe is very particular, as it calls for San Marzano tomatoes or Pomodorino del Piennolo del Vesuvio, a type of grape tomato. Likewise, the cheese used must be mozzarella di Bufala Campana.
To finish, the pizza is then simply topped with basil and extra virgin olive oil. Unlike the deep-dish pizza, this style only takes about 60 seconds to bake in a wood-fired oven at 905 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are looking for a more affordable, fresh, light, and relatively healthier option, the Neapolitan style is certainly the way to go.
Visit Rina’s Pizzeria Today
You can help put this debate to rest by stopping by Rina’s Pizzeria, located in Boston’s North End, and having a taste of our famous Neapolitan pizza. Here you can choose between multiple variations including cheese, pepperoni, marinara, or Margherita – whichever you’re craving. Call us today at (617) 456- 5700 to place your order!