Do you know anyone who really doesn’t like PIZZA?! Of course not! Everybody loves pizza, which is why it’s one of the most popular foods in the entire world. And, of course, everyone has their favorite style of pizza – and there are many from which to choose. In this Pizza Style Guide, we at Tomato Charlie Pizza Aruba we’ll give you the basics about some of the major styles of pizza that have become popular, based largely on pizza trends seen in the USA.
But first some history of what our favor food Pizza. Pizza as a word ( And in Italian pittsa) was first appeared in a Latin text found in an Italian town of Gaeta, back in 997 AD. The word come from ancient Greek and Latin pitta and today in Modern Greek pitta bread. More about he meaning and history of Pizza clic here
Pizza Style #1: New York-Style Pizza
When many people think of pizza, the first style that often comes to mind is what many consider to be the quintessential pizza style: New York. The classic New York-Style pizza pie is round, usually hand-tossed, and features a softer, thin crust that allows happy eaters to fold the slice in half as they eat it, although you have to watch out for dripping grease when you do this!
Pizza Style #2: Chicago-Style Thin-Crust Pizza
When people hear the word “Chicago” in relation to pizza, they most often think of deep-dish pizza, but that’s a separate and distinct pizza style all on its own. Chicago-Style Thin-Crust is different from New York-Style Thin-Crust pizza in one important way – the crust on Chicago-Style is going to be much crispier that you can’t easily fold in half like you would with a slice of New York-Style pizza. At Tomato Charlie’s pizza, we craft delicious Chicago-Style Thin-Crust pizzas to satisfy all your pizza fantasies here in Aruba!
Pizza Style #3: Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza
This pizza style was developed by the chain Pizzeria Uno way back in the 1940s. This style of pizza is typically baked in a deeper pan more like a cake pan or pie pan, with lots of toppings that contribute to the overall thickness of the pizza. The thickness requires a longer baking time, which would usually result in burned cheese, which is why the ingredients and cheese go right on the crust and then the sauce over-top, which keeps the cheese from burning. A variation on deep-dish is the stuffed pizza, with even more ingredients. To keep them all contained, an extra layer of thin dough is added on top, along with more sauce.
Pizza Style #4: Neapolitan
This is the original pizza style developed in Italy that has made a resurgence in popularity in recent years. To qualify as authentic Neapolitan pizza, it has to be made with wheat flour of Type 0 or 00 for a thin (3mm or less), crunchy crust, should be baked in a wood-fired oven, and present only minimal amounts of toppings. Truly authentic Neapolitan pizza also features sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes and topped withMozzarella di Bufala Campana. Crazy, right? But there are plenty of fans who swear by it!
Pizza Style #5: California-Style
The distinguishing characteristic for California-Style pizza is using unusual or uncommon toppings. This traces back to pizza Chef Ed LaDou in the 1980s who experimented with all kinds of interesting pizza variations using things like smoked salmon, duck sausage and BBQ chicken. His creations were considered amazing by many and spurred a whole new movement of creative pizza-making that continues to this day.
Pizza Style #7:Detroit-Style
The main difference between Detroit-Style and other pizza styles is that fact that it is baked in rectangular or square pans that were originally designed for the automotive industry. It’s basically a deep-dish variation of Sicilian-Style pizza, which is a rectangular thin-crust pizza with minimal toppings. Because the pans used for Detroit-Style pizza are well-oiled, the crust comes out with crunchy, caramelized edges.
Pizza Style #8: Greek-Style Pizza
Throughout New England you’ll find thousands of independent pizza joints called something-or-other “House of Pizza,” which tends to indicate Greek-Style pizza in restaurants owned and operated by Greek families that immigrated to the US decades ago. The crust will be of medium thickness (thicker than thin-crust) and comes out golden and crunchy. You’ll find more Greek toppings on these pizzas, like feta cheese, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives and so on. The sauce tends to be heavy on oregano, and the cheese is laid on thick.
Pizza Style #9: St. Louis-Style Pizza
This pizza style is a variation on New York. The dough used does not contain yeast, so it comes out cracker-thin and crisp. Instead of using Mozzarella cheese, it uses Provel cheese, a processed white cheese that combines cheddar, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses.
Pizza Style #10:New Jersey-Style (Tomato Pie)
In this pizza style developed in the early 1900s, it’s the sauce that takes center stage – and it’s put on top of the cheese and toppings!
So, there you have it. 10 different pizza styles that have proven to be among the most popular ones. Now that you’re hungry, it’s time to order a Chicago-Style Thin-Crust pizza from Tomato Charlie’s Aruba! Place your order now right here on our website, or you can call our regular phone number at 586-9807 or place your order via WhatsApp to + 297 597 7613 with FREE Delivery to select neighborhoods around Palm Beach!