The most general definition is that the Margherita pizza is a variety of Neapolitan pizza.
The reputable Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana divides Neapolitan-type pizzas into three official varieties: Marinara, Margherita, and Margherita extra.
The Margherita is probably the most popular and beloved of the three.
Margherita pizza Ingredients So, what’s on a Margherita pizza? It is made with a few, high-quality ingredients:
Dough – The dough for this pie is made with fine, soft flour, water, and yeast (preferably fresh). It is left to prove before it is kneaded and shaped with hands. Furthermore, pizzerias use wood-fired ovens where the dough is baked at high temperatures (900 degrees) for 60 to 90 seconds. The high temperature creates those signature charred bubbles and spots that give additional flavor to the pie. Tomatoes – For the Margherita pie, pizza chefs use fresh (or canned) tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. For an authentic Margherita, only San Marzano tomato or Pomodorino del Piennolo del Vesuvio can be used. Cheese – The cheese for this pizza is mostly fior di latte or fresh mozzarella cheese made from cow’s milk. It is sliced, not shredded, and used in moderation. Basil – Once the pie gets out of the oven, sprigs with fresh basil leaves are put over it. This way the basil doesn’t lose its color or become soggy. On the contrary, it stays fresh and flavorful. Extra virgin olive oil and salt are used alongside the other Margherita pizza toppings.
There are many origin stories. However, the one where Raffaele Esposito is recognized as the inventor of this pie is the most popular.
In 1889 King Umberto I and his wife Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples, Italy. There, Raffaele made three pies for them. The queen loved the one resembling the Italian flag (tomato=red, mozzarella=white, basil=green). Therefore, Raffaele named it after her.
Other stories suggest that it was named after the Italian name for the daisy flower (i.e. Margherita). That is because the cheese and the basil on top were shaped like a daisy floret.
A single slice (107g) of pizza Margherita contains around 170 calories. This includes 9g of total fat or 12% of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet.
In addition, there are 6.8mg of cholesterol (2%), 398mg of sodium (17%), and 18g of total carbohydrates (7%). As for the amount of protein, it is 4.5g.
Finally, we have 68mg of calcium (5%), 1.4mg of iron (8%), and 135mg of potassium (3%).
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