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Science Says Pizza is Perfect (but we already knew that!)


December 11, 2015

Pizza may well be the perfect food, and while we haven’t met a pizza we didn’t like for some reason or another, Block Pizza in Downers Grove comes as close to creating a perfect pie as possible. But, as it turns out, it isn’t just the opinions of our loyal customers who tell us all the time how incredible our pizzas are; now we have science on our side to explain why pizza is such a popular food. The simplest explanation is: Because it’s delicious. But, if we left it there, what would the fun of this post be?
 
According to scientists, the pleasing taste of pizza comes from the unique properties in the basic ingredients and the significant chemical reactions that happen when everything is baked together. The properties of the ingredients like cheese, tomatoes and dough, change at high temperatures, making it the go-to option for just about any meal. And, because the template is the same regardless of whether you’re eating a New York Style, Chicago Style, Midwest Thin Crust Style, or even Colorado Style, the end result of those base ingredients is always the same – culinary nirvana. Like we said, it’s science.
 
The start of any pizza is, of course, the dough. The basic mixture of warm water, yeast, salt, and flour reacts and begins breaking down the complex sugars of the flour, triggering carbon dioxide. This is what makes the dough rise. The best tasting dough comes from letting the dough rise longer than normal. By letting the yeast work a little longer, a small amount of ethanol is released along with the carbon dioxide. This results in more flavor molecules that are created the longer the dough is allowed to rise. While the words ‘patience’ and ‘pizza’ rarely go well together, a little patience with the pizza dough is sure to mean more flavor.
 
The sauce is where the most overt flavors of your pizza come from. The acidity and sweetness of the tomatoes used in the sauce can be vastly different depending on the type of tomato used and how long the tomato has been allowed to ripen. The contrast of the crisp crust with the smooth, moist texture of the sauce makes for an ideal balance of flavors and textures.
 
OK cheese lovers – here is your part! Like most protein based foods, cheese changes texture when cooked, and the melty, bubbly cheese on pizza – traditionally mozzarella – can’t be beat. But why is cheese so delicious? In order to make cheese, an acid such as lemon juice or vinegar is used to transform it from its mild liquid base into a solid form. Add heat and voila, these protein strands get together and make for one of the most loved pizza toppings around.
 
Crust, sauce, cheese and other toppings – Block Pizza has it all. Don’t feel guilty about indulging in pizza, science says to do it! Visit us today and let us know what you think about our made-to-order pizzas, prepared only with the best, Halal certified ingredients. We look forward to serving you. 
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