Pizza, calzone & strombli

Pizza Margherita

How would you like a big slice of Italian royalty? Pizza Margherita was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I.  The pizza resembling the Italian flag was created for her by a chef in Naples when she visited in 1889.  Although there is some debate, saying the same pizza was created 20 plus years earlier, it was the later version that made the pizza famous.

Ironically, pizza was considered peasant food but has since evolved into a universal dish with unlimited possibilities, I guess I would have been a happy peasant because it is one of my weaknesses and I know I am not alone.

I’ve tried to make the dough all whole wheat but it was very dense and extremely hard to work with so I’ve had to cut it with bread flour to get the perfect crust.  I use a bread machine to make my dough but you can certainly do this the old fashion way and I will provide instructions for doing both further on in the recipe.   Continue reading “Pizza Margherita”