Pizzas are baked plate size and eaten with a knife and fork. Pizzerias
throughout Italy are usually owned and operated by Neapolitans which makes
them appear more authentic and appealing to the general Italian
population. There is no home delivery. Everyone goes to the Pizzeria;
more people go on Sunday night than any other night in the week.
I have made a list of the classic pizzas, leaving their Italian names but I
translated the ingredients into English. Please memorize this list (!) and
try to taste as many of the following pizzas as you can.
MARGHERITA – tomato, mozzarella, basil and oil
MARINARA – tomato, garlic, oil and oregano
NAPOLETANA – tomato, mozzarella, anchovy, oregano and oil
ALLA FIAMMA – tomato, onion, oregano, hot peppers, olives and oil
QUATTRO STAGIONI – tomatoes, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, prosciutto,
mushrooms, olives and oil. This pizza is divided into four parts
representing the four seasons
CAPRICCIOSA – tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, oregano, olives, artichoke
hearts and mushrooms
BISMARK – tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and eggs
SARDA – tomato, mozzarella, hot sausage, ricotta and oil
REGINA – tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and mushrooms
FINANZIERA – tomato, mozzarella, tuna, rugola, onion and olives
BOSCAIOLA – tomato, mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, oil
BALTICA – mozzarella, pepper, salmon and oil
ORTOLANA – tomato, mozzarella, grilled greens
QUATTRO FORMAGGI – mozzarella and 3 other mixed cheeses
Now that you have studied the classic pizzas, we will go on to the next step:
I will begin with examples. Then I want you to e-mail us your favorite
pizza recipe and we will add it to our list on this web site. Eventually,
the World will turn to virtualitalia.com when they need a pizza
Basic Pizza Dough
9 oz white flour
1/2 oz brewers or compressed yeast
pinch salt , water, as needed.
Crumble the yeast in a cup and dilute with several
tablespoons of warm water (not hot otherwise the yeast organisms die and
their leavening power is lost); mix with about 2 oz. of flour, cover the
cup with a cloth and keep it in a warm place so that it can leaven. Pour
the remaining flour on the pastry board, add a pinch of salt and knead with
warm water (the resulting dough should not be too soft). Add the leavened
dough and continue to knead vigorously until the dough achieves an elastic
texture. Shape the dough into six even balls, then place them on a flat
wooden board. Lightly l; coated with flour, cover with a cloth and keep it
in a warm place until the risen dough becomes twice its initial size. The
pizza dough is now ready to be punched down, made into disks of
approximately 8″ in diameter, and used for pizza with any topping you wish.
Basic Pizza Dough II
Buy a ready made pizza crust.
Alice’s Fresh Pizza Margherita
I put my fresh tomato and roasted pepper sauce on a ready made pizza shell
along with shredded mozzarella cheese and added strips of yellow and green
peppers in a pinwheel pattern on the top. I bake it a 450 for 10 minutes.
Three-Cheese Pizza with Onion and Sage
Can be prepared in 45 minuets or less.
about 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons (half a 1/4-ounce package) fast-acting yeast
1/2 cup hot water (130°F.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cornmeal
cornmeal for sprinkling the baking sheet
6 large fresh sage leaves, halved, or 1 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
3/4 cup finely diced Danish Fontina
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 red onion, sliced thin into rings
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
In a food processor combine 1/2 cup of the flour and the yeast, with the
motor running add the hot water, and turn the motor off. Add the oil, the
honey, the salt, the cornmeal, and 1/2 cup of the remaining flour, blend the
dough until it forms a ball, and if necessary blend in enough of the
remaining 1/4 cup flour to form a soft but not sticky dough. Process the
dough for 30 seconds, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead
it 10 times. Form the dough into a ball and let it rest, covered with an
inverted bowl, in a warm place for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 500°F. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough
into a 12-inch circle and transfer it to an oiled baking sheet (preferably
black steel), sprinkled lightly with the cornmeal. (If using the dried sage
sprinkle it evenly over the dough.) Scatter the Fontina and the blue cheese
evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border, and arrange the onion
rings and the fresh sage leaves over the cheese. Sprinkle the pizza with the
Parmesan and bake it on the bottom rack of the oven for 10 minutes, or until
the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling.
Alice’s Italian Pizza Lesson – Baked plate size and eaten with a knife and fork.
Best Buffalo Toms Chicken Wing Pizza – A combination of Buffalo chicken wings and pizza in an easy to follow recipe.
California Pizza – Recipe for yeast based dough and topping made with pesto, red and green peppers, sausage, mozzarella and goat cheese.
Cheese Steak Pizza – Made with ground beef, bell pepper, onion, and mozzarella cheese.
Grilled Zucchini Pizza from Allrecipes – This recipe is suitable for the huge zucchini which are sometimes found in gardens. It is made with butter, garlic, mozzarella, and pizza sauce. Rated and reviewed.
Jeff Varasano’s Pizza Recipe – Recipe and procedures for recreating a classic Neapolitan/New York style pizza.
New York Pizza – Recipe for a hand tossed pizza crust.
Zoned-Out Calzones – Betty Crocker’s simple recipe.
Zucchini Pizza – Shredded peeled zucchini, cooked rice, shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan, and 2 eggs form the crust, the topping is made with ground beef, onion, spaghetti sauce, oregano, salt, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Zucchini Pizza from Recipe Cottage – Made with olive oil to brush on dough, garlic, basil, oregano, coarsely shredded zucchini, tomato, mozzarella, and parmesan.
Apache Pizza – Ireland chain. Includes menu and location guide.
Aurelio’s Pizza – US chain primarily in the Midwest. Includes franchise information and locations, and menu.
Boston Pizza – Canada. Menu, locations, franchise information, kids zone and career opportunities can be found.
Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza – USA. Pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Includes company and franchise information, menu, and locations.
Breadaeux Pizza – Midwest United States and Canada. Locations, coupons, sample menu, and franchising information can be found.
Buck’s Pizza – Eastern United States chain. Includes company profile, store locator, menu and franchise details.
California Pizza Kitchen – International chain.
Captain Tony’s Pizza & Pasta Emporium – US chain.
Chuck E. Cheese – US chain.
CiCi’s Pizza – Southeastern U.S. chain provides news, company profiles, menus, store locator and franchising information.
Cozzoli’s Pizza – United States. Location, coupons, and general company details can be found.
Donato’s – US chain. Provides menu and nutritional information, FAQs, and online ordering.
East of Chicago Pizza Company – Eastern United States. Includes menu, locations, coupons, gift certificates, contests, school programs, career opportunities, and franchising details.
Eureka Pizza – Carry-out and delivery in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Describes employment and franchise opportunities.
Figaro’s Pizza – US chain.
Fox’s Pizza Den – US chain.
Giordano’s Pizza – Midwestern U.S. and Florida chain.
Godfather’s Pizza – US chain.
Goodfella’s Old World Brick Oven Pizza – Italian style food, pizza and catering. Locations in Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico.
Green Mill Restaurants – Pizza franchises in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Includes menu and franchising information.
Grotto Pizza – Delaware and Pennsylvania chain.
Hungry Howie’s Pizza – United States. Menu, history, franchise information and shop locator provided.
Hunt Brothers Pizza, LLC. – United States. Supplies pizza for sale in branded shoppes in other retail stores or stand-alone businesses. Includes company profile, mission statement, menu, and sales information.
Imo’s Pizza – Missouri, Kansas and Illinois chain featuring St. Louis-style pizza. Provides locations, sample menu, and company history.
La Rosa’s – Locations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Offers online ordering, store locator, menu, and information on community involvement.
Lamppost Pizza – Family restaurants focused on pizza and sports with locations in California and Texas. Includes menu, franchise, and employment information.
Ledo Pizza – Franchise neighborhood restaurant, which also serves pasta and salads. Locations in eastern United States.
Little Caesars Pizza – Company story, franchise opportunities, products and nutrition information. Carryout locations throughout the United States.
Mamma Ilardo’s Pizzeria – United States and Puerto Rico. Provides locations map, sample menu, employment and franchise information, and staff directory.
Marco’s Pizza – Midwestern United States. Lists menu, locations, franchise and job opportunities.
Mazzio’s Pizza – South-central United States. Includes menu, locations, nutritional and franchise information.
Monical’s Pizza – Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin chain. Provides company information, locations and sample menu.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza – California and Oregon chain. Includes company profile, franchise details, menu and store locations.
Nick-N-Willy’s World Famous Take-N-Bake Pizza – Pizzas that you pick up and bake at home. Menu, store locator, and franchising information. Locations in the United States and in the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada area.
Old Chicago Pasta and Pizza – Central United States, part of Rock Bottom restaurants. Includes food and beer menus, and locations.
Papa Gino’s – New England chain. Contains menus, coupons, locations, and information about the company. Order online.
Papa John’s Pizza – Menu and ingredients information, store locator and online ordering, restaurant directory, and franchise details.
Papa Murphy’s International – Central and western United States. Provides sample menu of take-n-bake products, career and franchise information, and store locator. [Requires Flash]
Papa’s Pizza To-Go, Inc. – Pizza franchisor with locations across the United States.
Paul Revere’s Pizza International, Ltd. – Menu, coupons and store locations. Mostly in Iowa, with a few locations in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Peter Piper Pizza – Set in a family, arcade game and play place environment. Locations, menu, coupons, kids section and school lunch program details. United States and Mexico locations.
Pier 49 Pizza – Sourdough pizza restaurant. Menu, locations, online ordering, employment form and franchise locations.
241 Pizza – Canada. Franchising information, current specials, and pricing and locations for delivery and carry-out.
Pizza Delight – Locations in eastern and central Canada, including Mike’s Restaurants and Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza brands. Gives menu, franchise and employment opportunities, and company history. [English/French]
Pizza Factory – Locations, menu, and franchising information. Mostly western United States.
Pizza Inn – Dine-in buffet, carry-out, and delivery-only location around the world. Provides corporate and shareholder information, with employment and franchise opportunities as well as menu
Pizza Joe’s – Ohio and Pennsylvania. Information on employment and franchising, with menu and nutritional information.
Pizza Pan – Includes menu, specials, franchise information, and list of locations in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pizza Pit – Wisconsin and Iowa chain. Lists locations, menu, and specials.
The Pizza Ranch – United States upper midwest. Company history, employment, and franchise information.
Pizza Schmizza – Pacific NW chain. Offers menu, history, and franchise plans.
Pizzicato – Gourmet pizza franchise chain offers catering services. Provides company profile, menus, locations, news, community and employment information. Locations in Washington, Oregon, and California.
Puccini’s Smiling Teeth – Indiana and Kentucky locations. Menu, locations, hours, delivery area maps, and contact information.
RedBrick Pizza – California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas. Includes menu, locations, and franchising information.
Rocky Rococo – Locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington.
Rosati’s Pizza – Chicago-style. Gives corporate history, list of United States locations, and information on employment.
Round Table Pizza – Employee-owned, with franchise locations in western United States, Asia and the Middle East. Describes specialty pizzas and sandwiches, with topping list.
Snappy Tomato Pizza – US pizza chain. Lists menu, coupons, locations, and franchise information.
St Elmo’s – South Africa and Africa chain provides menu, pricing on sauces by the bottle and information on locations.
Uno Chicago Grill – United States-based, with some international locations. Offers steaks and sandwiches as well as Italian dishes. Provides menu, franchising information, and online ordering.
Valentino’s Pizza – Franchises in the Central United States. Includes company history.
Vocelli Pizza – United States. Formerly Pizza Outlet. Includes company history, information on franchising, and menu of gourmet toppings.