Renowned for its picturesque landscapes, awe-inspiring architecture, and globally-loved cuisine, Italy has gifted the world with one of the most popular and well-loved dishes in history: pizza.
Among the many different pizza styles ranging from New York to Chicago, Neapolitan-style pizza holds a special place in the hearts and taste buds of pizza enthusiasts. At Pizza Garden, we are passionate about the art of pizza making, and our hand-crafted, artisan, stone oven-baked Neapolitan-style pizzas are a testament to that love affair.
In Italy, the craft of pizza making is taken seriously, often compared to a form of art. Authentic Neapolitan pizza exudes a thin, tender crust with simple yet harmonious toppings made from the freshest and finest ingredients.
Pizza-making traditions have been passed down through generations to maintain the integrity of this culinary masterpiece. Pizza Garden is proud to share these traditions with our customers in British Columbia, creating a delightful taste of Italy for everyone to experience.
In our blog content strategy, we will explore various educational, informative, and helpful topics related to the art and process of creating authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas. As we embark on this culinary journey together, get ready to dive deep into the history of Neapolitan pizza, learning about its origins and transformation over the years.
Experience the cultural significance of pizza-making in Italy, including the traditional ingredients and techniques used to create the perfect Neapolitan pie. Gain insights into the science behind our artisan stone oven and its role in baking the perfect crust.
Our blog will also provide helpful tips on how to recreate the Neapolitan pizza experience at home. Although we may never truly unlock the magic touch of our dedicated pizzaiolos, sharing the basics of dough making and topping selection is our way of spreading the love for pizza making.
Together we will explore what sets our menu offerings apart, such as our gluten-free and vegan pizza options and the wide range of mouth-watering, classic and gourmet toppings. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the delight of Neapolitan-style pizzas, regardless of their dietary preferences.
At Pizza Garden, we educate, inform, and inspire pizza enthusiasts to appreciate the intricacies that contribute to the perfect Neapolitan-style pizza. Join us on this savoury journey into the authentic world of pizza making, where you will fall in love with the rich tastes and textures that have made this time-honoured Italian masterpiece a global favourite.
The Art of Neapolitan Pizza Making: A Culinary Journey Through Tradition and Taste
A Slice of History
To fully appreciate the mastery behind Neapolitan-style pizza, we must first travel back in time to the beautiful streets of Naples, Italy. Tucked along the coastline, Naples is the birthplace of the quintessential Italian dish that has captivated taste buds around the world for centuries. Dating back to the 18th century, pizza first emerged as an affordable and accessible meal for the city's working-class citizens.
Despite its humble beginnings, pizza didn't take long for it to become popular across every social stratum. In fact, the famous Margherita Pizza is named in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy, showcasing the dish's widespread appeal. Today, Neapolitan pizza is recognized as a traditional specialty in Italy, protected by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), which sets strict guidelines and standards for this culinary delight.
Ingredients and Techniques: The Building Blocks
Creating an authentic Neapolitan-style pizza requires meticulous attention to detail in both technique and ingredients. The foundation for any exceptional pizza starts with the dough, which must be made from high-quality Tipo 00 Italian flour, water, sea salt, and yeast. This unique flour is finely milled to balance elasticity and crispy texture perfectly. Pizza dough must be kneaded by hand and allowed to rise for a specific length of time, ensuring the proper formation of air pockets, lightness, and chewiness in the crust.
One of the hallmarks of a traditional Neapolitan pizza is its exquisite yet simple toppings. The crust is first adorned with a tangy tomato sauce made from ripe and juicy San Marzano tomatoes - a variety exclusively grown in Mount Vesuvius's volcanic soil. Next comes fresh buffalo mozzarella or fior di latte cheese, followed by a sprinkling of fresh basil and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Together, these ingredients come to create an unforgettable fusion of flavours.
The Secret to a Perfect Crust: Stone Oven Baking
To achieve the distinct texture and taste of an authentic Neapolitan pizza, it must be baked at an extremely high temperature. This is where the artisan stone oven comes into play. Traditionally constructed from bricks or volcanic rock, these ovens reach temperatures of up to 485°C (905°F), allowing the pizza to cook in a mere 90 seconds. This intense heat creates a crisp exterior with a delicate soft interior that melts in your mouth.
At Pizza Garden, our state-of-the-art stone oven strikingly replicates this cooking experience, ensuring that each and every pizza we serve is cooked to perfection, just as it would be in the heart of Naples. These artisan ovens guarantee a distinct smoky flavour, rustic char, and airy crust, which are the hallmarks of a truly exceptional Neapolitan pizza.
Versatility and Options: Catering to Diverse Palates
While the classic Margherita pizza is the epitome of the Neapolitan style, we at Pizza Garden believe in celebrating the diversity of our customers' tastes and preferences. As such, our menu offers an array of tantalizing toppings and creative combinations to choose from, ensuring there is something for everyone. From our hearty Prosciutto e Funghi to our flavourful Quattro Stagioni, our pizzas are made from the freshest and highest-quality ingredients to deliver the finest dining experience.
In addition to our classic and gourmet choices, we also recognize the importance of accommodating dietary needs and preferences. Our gluten-free and vegan options ensure everyone can enjoy the delectable experience of Neapolitan-style pizza, regardless of their restrictions or personal choices.
A Celebration of Culinary Traditions and Taste
At Pizza Garden, we take pride in our dedication to the art of Neapolitan pizza making, faithfully following traditional techniques and ingredients passed down through generations. From the fine Tipo 00 flour and rich San Marzano tomatoes to our artisan stone oven and diverse menu offerings, our passion for pizza is reflected in every slice served.
By understanding the rich history and meticulous process of crafting the best pizza in the town of Burnaby, BC, we can appreciate and savour the flavours, textures, and aromas that make this iconic dish so special. We invite you to join us at Pizza Garden to experience a taste of Italy's vibrant culinary tradition as we celebrate the art of Neapolitan pizza making together.