5 Differences American And Italian Pizza, Which Do You Like?
Illustration of the difference between American and Italian pizza (Unsplash/Vitalii Chernopyskyi)

JAKARTA – Pizza is often served at the table for special moments, from birthdays, holidays, new years, to farewells. This fast food is known throughout the world regardless of age, from small to adults who love the combination of pizza accompanied by soft drinks.

Pizza went unpopular all of a sudden. Centuries ago, the Latin pinsa of pizza meaning 'flat bread', was known in Italy and America, pizza was also popular. However, the pizza in these two places has a different character.

Even in Italy itself there are various variations of pizza, such as Neapolitan Pizza, Pizza Bianca, Sicilian, Pizza Al Taglio, Pizza Fritta, and Calzone. Quoting The Proud Italian page, Thursday, February 10, here are the general differences between American and Italian pizza.

1. Thickness of crust or skin

Classic Italian pizza, generally cooked thin, dry and savory. Toppings are not cooked with the dough, but sauces and toppings such as oregano or arugula are added when removed from the wood-fired oven.

Until now, Italian pizza is known for the thinness of the skin. The ingredients are simple, such as dough, tomato sauce, cheese, and basil. On top of the dough is given slices of cheese, tomatoes, cheese, and smeared with sauce. Then in the oven.

Well, American pizza is thicker in crust or crust. Plus, pizza dough holds more ingredients which makes it denser.

2. The sauce used

The sauces used for pizza in Italy, made from fresh and simple ingredients such as olive oil, basil, oregano, crushed tomatoes and garlic for the sauce. In America, pizza sauce uses canned tomatoes and does not use fresh ingredients.

3. Meat

The meat that is often used for Italian pizza is ham or prosciutto. Meanwhile, American pizza uses ground beef and sausage. Of the two variations of these additives, which one do you like?

4. Toppings

Cheese-topped pizza with meat is widely made in America. This is what distinguishes Italian pizza, because it is never filled with cheese or meat. Italian pizzas tend to be plain and fresh, using ingredients that are easy to digest.

5. Scent

Since they are made from different complementary ingredients, this affects the aroma after baking. Everyone's taste is undeniable, you're free to like a cheezy American pizza or a faintly herbaceous, thin crust Italian pizza.

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