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Pizzas From Around the World

Pizzas started in Naples, Italy but have spread around the world in different forms. Some of the pizzas from around the world were invented independently from their Italian versions. I guess the joy of dough and cheese is universal. We should make a new religion based on pizza to unite the diverse peoples of earth under a new world order. Pizzas have gone from peasant staple, to American street food to fine dining and lazy takeaways. A versatile dish which has been altered to suit the unique palates of many different races and cultures. How many of these have you tried? Let us know which your favorite is in the comments section .

pizzas from around the world naples

The Neapolitan original is a beauty of crispy thin dough, mozzarella, fresh tomato and basil. My personal favorite because of its beautiful simplicity.

5 things you never knew about pizza

Pide are like oval shaped pizzas from Turkey. They usually have cheese and Turkish beef sausage on a crispy dough base. They are very appetizing so try one out next time you pass a Turkish ocakbasi restaurant.

 

pizza from around the world okonomiyaki

 

Okonomiyaki looks kind of like a pizza and kind of like a pancake. It’s a Japanese pancake batter filled/topped with pork, squid, cabbage and various other ingredients then finished with a kind of thick sauce that tastes like Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise.

chicago pizza pie

The Chicago Pizza Pie looks more like a quiche than a pizza to me. The tomato sauce goes on top of the cheese and other toppings and the deep pizza pie crust rises up as high as 3 inches.

new york deli pizza

The New York Deli Style Pizza was invented in the early 20th century by Italian immigrants in Brooklyn. The first pizza to be sold by the slice, it has taken the world by storm, influencing pizzas in many countries. It’s even available from Domino’s in the form of the New York Deli pizza.

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4 Things You Never Knew About Pizza

5 things you never knew about pizza

Turkish pide are just like pizzas but a different shape



Pizza is one of the most popular and well known foods in the world. We think we know it so well, with it’s doughy base, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. But here are 4 things you never knew about pizza

1. Pizza can be really expensive! Luis XIII in Salerno, Italy has a pizza that costs $12,000! It takes 72 hours to make and is topped with bufala mozzarella, three types of caviar, Norwegian lobster and Cilento and it is dusted with hand picked grains of pink Australian sea-salt from the Murray River. You can’t even buy it in a restaurant, instead three chefs come to your home to make it for you. I guess the dough is made before hand so they don’t have to stay for 72 hours!

2. Pepperoni is not Italian. It was actually invented by Italian-Americans. The word “pepperoni” means “large peppers” in Italian and has nothing to do with salami.

3. Toppings are tops. More people order pizzas with toppings than simple margaritas with just cheese and tomato.

4.Pizzas were invented in Naples. Sure pizzas are Italian, but there are many variants from around the Mediterranean of dishes comprised from stretched dough with toppings. There are pide from Turkey for example, which are almost the same as pizzas. In fact there were even pizza-like dishes serves back in Ancient Greece.

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Alcoholic Pizza Cocktails!

pizza cocktail

The UK has gone pizza crazy! UK sales at Domino’s pizza are up to £165.7m in the quarter to September 28, from £140.9m last year. Domino’s has more than a quarter of the pizza market in the UK but some people have come up with new and weird ways to ingest their pizza.

In London’s trendy East End, a cocktail bar has invented an innovative update to the classic Bloody Mary. It is mixed with tomato and lemon juice, four slices of pepperoni, basil and mozzarella cheese, then rolled in a cocktail shaker.The crazy cocktail was invented by JJ Goodman, founder of the London Cocktail Club in Shoreditch.

‘We stayed away from the savory flavor profile and instead, using the tomato sauce for its fruity qualities; matched it with passion fruit and a hint of spice.” He says

Although, I gotta say, the pepperoni looks pretty savory to me. The cocktail is based on Domino’s Pepperoni Passion pizza.

‘The challenge of creating a cocktail to showcase the flavors of Domino’s Pepperoni pizza was totally up our street.
‘We love pushing the boundaries of cocktail creation whilst keeping things exciting and enticing for our customers.
‘To create the pepperoni infused vodka, we cook off 500g of pepperoni in a pan with no oil, wait for the oil to come naturally from the pepperoni, add the oil to a bottle of vodka then put in the freezer overnight.
‘The next morning the juices from the pepperoni will have set, while the flavor molecules will have attached themselves to the vodka.
‘Strain off the solids and ‘voila’ – pepperoni infused vodka.’

A Domino’s Pizza spokeswoman said: “We are amazed how our most popular pizza has been transformed in to a tasty drink.”

You’d have to be a really big fan of pizza to get drunk on pizza cocktails!

 

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Pizza News

Domino’s have come under fire from animal rights activists after shocking footage emerged of farmers brutally torturing animals on a dairy farm in Mexico which provides Mozzarella to Domino’s pizza. Domino’s responded to criticism saying,

“No act of cruelty can ever be condoned. Ever. What we do know is that this is not an issue with our cheese supplier — it was an isolated case of sadistic acts by employees at a single dairy farm in southern New Mexico.”

Domino’s will now have to reconsider a new poorly timed commercial focused on their mozzarella, which it says is “crafted to perfection by an award-winning mozzarella maker using milk from family-owned dairy farms.”

On a lighter note here’s a pizza with extra sausage and no animal cruelty.

sausage dog

In other pizza news, crafty American pizza innovators have invented a new thing – The French Fry Pizza! It looks messy to me.

pizza fries

 

Domino’s posted a peace sign pizza for world peace day, but the CND sign looks more like a Nordic rune called Algiz. I wonder if Thor likes pepperoni?

 

rune pizza

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Crazy Brazilian Pizzas

What’s with these Brazilian pizzas? This Pizza place in Brazil called Pizzaria Bate Papo makes pizzas themed on traditional Brazilian meals. They don’t look gourmet at all, in fact those look like pretty greasy, dirty pizzas but they are big and will fill you up. What’s more they are certainly unusual! I mean, pizzas like this aren’t to my taste, but maybe Brazilians like them.

I think that’s chocolate milk in the center piece.

They didn’t even bother to peel those bananas and that’s a heck of a lot of onion on the far side!

brazilian pizza

Do you want chicken on your pizza? Yeah? is one enough?

Brazilian pizza watermelon

Diverse pizza.

 

OK so what’s the verdict? Are these Brazilian pizzas gross or sweet?

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Domino’s Pizza Fail

pizza fail

What a Doofus! I found this on the cringe board of reddit. Basically some people are too quick to complain about things before they’ve switched their brains on. Domino’s handles the complaint pretty well too, so I bet the idiot felt like a total jackass when they turned the pizza over and saw all the toppings.

“yooo, i ordered a pizza & came with no toppings or anything, Its just bread.”  LOL!

This should be a lesson for all you pizza lovers, make sure you check to be sure of what you are complaining about before you report a Domino’s pizza fail.

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Happy Pizzas – Drugs as Pizza Toppings

happy pizza

Gap Year students who travel to South East Asia tell tales of “happy pizzas” topped with illegal drugs such as magic mushrooms and marijuana, but now pizza restaurants in the UK have figured out away to sell legal highs as pizza toppings. Drug workers say that pizza takeaways in the North of England are putting peoples’ lives at risk by selling them legal highs.

Many of the so called “legal” highs are not legal to be sold as food at all, only as incense or plant food, but takeaways are getting away with it. A drug worker from Newcastle made a statement to a local paper saying:

“People in the city are telling us this is going on and we are investigating. It is very worrying given that there is often not enough research about legal highs to know about their potency, adverse effects from human consumption, or when used with other substances or alcohol. They are potentially life-threatening so to put them on a pizza is shocking.”

Temporary Superintendent Bruce Storey, of Newcastle Area Command, said this is happening all over the UK, not just in the North.

He added: “Should we receive information to suggest this is becoming an issue in our area, we will take swift action to investigate it further, working alongside our partner agencies.

“Using these substances, in the way they are intended or otherwise, isn’t safe. They have the potential to kill or have a devastating impact on someone’s health as they often contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

“We would continue to urge people to steer clear of them however they are offered.”

According to drug addict charity Addaction, legal highs are more available in the North East than elsewhere in England.

a spokesman said: “Instead of only being available in so-called head shops, legal highs are in more mainstream outlets in the region, like garages and takeaways, and news that they are being sold as pizza toppings is deeply concerning.

“When people take these they don’t know what’s going to happen. Just because they are called legal doesn’t mean they are fine – they just haven’t been classified. They can result in psychotic episodes, hallucinations and people not feeling part of reality, which can lead to them taking unnecessary risks. And if someone has a crisis and needs medical help it is very hard for doctors to know what was in the high they took.

One woman was hospitalized in 2011 by a Happy Pizza she ate in Newcastle. These Happy Pizzas aren’t likely to make you very happy. Better stick to regular pizzas if you know what’s good for ya!

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Mozzarella Cheese Is Best For Pizza Say Scientists

mozzarella cheese

In my humble opinion, a pizza without mozzarella cheese is not a real pizza. That Italian stringy cheese is so stretchy and delicious, no other cheese can compare when it comes to proper pizzas. I’m sure many pizza lovers agree with my assessment but now our opinions are supported by science.

A whole team of food scientists examined the elasticity and other properties of mozzarella and its rival pizza cheeses; Cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyere and Provolone.

All these cheeses can be combined for different effects but the scientists from the University of Auckland agreed that mozzarella cheese is essential in order to achieve the ideal combination of blistering and browning. they discovered that cheesy variables such as moisture, free oil and water activity all effected the results of a pizza.

Their study was published in the Journal of Food Science and concluded that without mozzarella cheese; Cheddar, Colby or Edam were not sufficiently elastic to form the cheese bubbles we love. The free oil in Gruyere, Provolone and Emmental were found to prevent moisture evaporation, so the cheeses didn’t brown as easily.

“These cheeses can be combined with the easily blistering mozzarella to create a gourmet pizza with a less burnt appearance,” the scientists concluded.

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Buy a Pizza for Someone who Deserves One: RandomActsofPizza

random acts of pizza

Do you believe in charity? There are many people who have had a bad day, a bad year or just a bad life and they could really be cheered up with a pizza. What if there was a way to order a pizza for a deserving sole on the other side of the world? Well, thanks to a Reddit forum called /Randomactsofpizza you can.

You can look on the front page for posts from people explaining why they think they deserve a pizza, and if you’re feeling kind, you can order them one. Alternatively, if you’re a bit short of cash and think you need a free pizza, then you can make a post explaining what’s happened to you and why a pizza could cheer you up. There’s also the option to filter posts according to requests or offers. Your account MUST be at least a month old AND ACTIVE to make a request.

For those who fail to find a free pizza donor on the RandomActsofPizza subreddit, there’s always the option to visit http://pizzacodes.com/ and finding a discount pizza voucher.

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Pizza Vending Machine in Oz

pizza vending machine

A pizza restaurant owner in Australia came up with a great idea after a trip to Italy. He saw similar things at work over there, but decided to make a high quality pizza vending machine for Sidney. The machine cam make classic margaritas or pepperoni pizzas which take only 3 minutes to bake. It’s already proven so popular that he is going to make another one and intends to keep producing them until they’re everywhere. Are pizza vending machines going to replace takeaways?

Owner, George Pompei says he was skeptical at first, and didn’t think a machine would be able to produce a pizza that met the high standards of his restaurant.

‘I wanted to be assured that the machine could actually develop pizzas that tasted fresh and delicious,’ he told Daily Mail
Once the machine was developed it took six months of testing until we were happy with the product…We use stone ground flour, natural yeast, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt and rest the dough for 48 hours before it is then rolled out and topping is added.’

The pizzas are partially cooked and then flash chilled and stacked in the machine, ready to be cooked. They are restocked each day with fresh pizzas, so no one is served a stale old pizza with dry dough. But Pompei doesn’t think the pizza vending machine is as good as a restaurant.

‘They’re aimed more at people wanting something to eat on the go rather than someone wanting a proper meal.’
‘We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve gotten. We’re thinking of actually having a competition so that people can tell us where they’d like the next machine to be put,’ Mr Pompei said.

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