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Pizzas from Around the World

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There’s a lot of debate around where pizza actually originated, with many countries claiming the title of “inventor” of pizza, but there is a general consensus that the birthplace of one of America – and the world’s – most favorite foods, is Italy. Regardless of your preference – thin crust, deep dish, red sauce, white sauce, cheese-only purist or pile-on-the-toppings, there is a pizza style out there for everyone. As one of the most popular kinds of food, there are countless versions of the pizza, and almost every culture has some version of the bread/sauce/cheese/topping combo. Get ready to expand your trivia knowledge - here are a few of some of the better and lesser known versions found in different regions throughout the world:
  1. Margherita – Aptly named after the first Queen of Italy, the Margarita pizza is over a century old. It’s made using tomato, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil to represent the Italian flag colors of red, white, and green. In Italy, this pizza must be prepared a certain way to have the “pizza Margarita” label and the Italian government actually certifies bakeries that produce it.
  2. Deep Dish – Deep dish pizzas, unlike other pizzas are eaten with a knife and fork. It originates from Chicago and is a pizza baked in a pan and layered with cheese, fillings like meat and vegetables, and sauce. The pizza is more similar to a pie rather than a flatbread like most other pizzas. Although the entire pizza is very thick, the crust is thinner than the rest of the pizza.
  3. Neapolitan – This style of pizza hails from Naples and is the basis for modern-day American pizza. An authentic Neapolitan pizza is made from dough that is made with highly-refined wheat flour and is kneaded by hand or a low-speed mixer. However, there are many restaurants that make different types of Neapolitan-style pizzas that consist of a thin and soft crust topped with tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Lahma Bi Ajeen – This translates to “meat with dough” and is the Lebanese version of pizza.  Its flaky flat pastry dough is topped with minced meat and mixed with zesty spices, tomatoes, and onions.
  5. Lahmacun – Another loose translation meaning “Meat and dough”, you can find this kind of pizza in Turkey and Armenia at various cafes and restaurants as well as being sold by street vendors. It is similar to the Lebanese version of pizza in that it is often topped with minced beef or lamb.
  6. Coca – To some, Spain’s version of pizza is a bit of a stretch. It can be served either savory or sweet, and toppings vary from pie0like fillings to ingredients like fish, eggs and fruit.
Block Pizza is true to the Neapolitan style pizza that has great crust and is made with fresh ingredients. On top of this, our pizza is Halal certified so you can be sure only the finest ingredients go into our pizza making process. Come in to Block Pizza to taste the difference and to eat one of the best Neapolitan pizzas in town.