If you enjoy pizza, then you owe it to yourself to try some of the amazing regional variations that have developed over the years. The great thing about being a pizza lover nowadays is that you don't have to travel all over the place to taste them. There are lots of places that serve several different regional styles. So, the next time you head on down to your local sports bar to watch the game, why not try a unique slice?
This guide will give you some examples of different regional varieties to try.
You normally don't think of Mexico when you think of pizza. That makes sense because pizza is not very common in Mexican restaurants. The concept of a Mexican pizza came about when pizza chefs started to use ingredients common to Mexican cuisine. For instance, regular sausage would be replaced with chorizo, a spicy sausage common in Mexican cooking. Likewise, Monterrey jack cheese would be used instead of mozzarella. Toppings such as jalapeno peppers and avocado are common ingredients on a Mexican pizza.
Sicilian Style Pizza
While Neapolitan may be the more popular Italian style, there are plenty of fans of the thick crust style known as Sicilian. This pizza has a thick crust and is baked in a rectangular shape. The classic Sicilian style pizza was not topped with the mild mozzarella cheese, but instead was topped with a pungent cheese. The most common toppings were anchovies and onions. Most restaurants now use regular mozzarella cheese instead of the pungent, local cheeses that were traditionally used. This gives the pizza a milder flavor.
Chicago Style Pizza
This is a very unique style of pizza. It was created, as the name indicates, in Chicago. Many people mistake it for a Sicilian, but there are important differences that any Chicago style lover will attest to. The reason people seem to confuse the two is that they are both thick. Chicago style, however, has much more sauce, cheese, and toppings. These pizzas are baked in special dishes. Regular pizza is formed by hand and baked free form in an oven. Chicago style pizzas are baked in dishes. These dishes hold in the cheese and toppings from falling out during the baking.
A Chicago style pizza requires a long cooking time. Because of this, you won't see cheese on top. That's because the cheese would burn during the long cooking time. A Chicago style pizza will have the mozzarella directly on top of the dough, then things like sausage and peppers, and finally a sauce will cover it all.