Keep it simple
Authentic Italian cuisine often accentuates simplicity. The idea is to take only the best, freshest ingredients and combine them to complement each other. A great pizzeria knows that sometimes less IS more.
Quick tip: a good pizzeria knows that olive oil, salt and pepper can go a long way.
It’s all about the dough
With so many dishes revolving around grains, it’s no surprise that mastering the art of making a great dough is crucial for an Italian pizzeria. In fact, it’s the dough that makes all the difference! An authentic pizzeria knows Italian cuisine should comprise of fresh, handmade, hand-rolled dough. No exceptions.
Sauce is boss
To go with exceptionally handmade dough is, of course, exceptionally handmade sauce. Whether it’s tomato, pesto, cream or any other variety, sauce can make or break Italian cuisine. A great pizzeria should use only homemade sauces; none of this ‘out of a can’ stuff. A pizzeria should use homemade sauce for homemade dough… it only makes sense right?
Three words: fresh, fresher, freshest
There’s a difference between a regular pizzeria and a great pizzeria; that difference is using ingredients that are fresco (fresh). Due to the simplicity behind Italian cuisine, it’s important to use only the freshest herbs, vegetables and meats. To take it one step further, an authentic pizzeria should take on the ‘al momento’ philosophy. This made-to-order attitude means creating food that is only made once the order has been placed. That means that nothing should be frozen, nothing pre-made.
Quick tip: for those at home, planting a small herb garden is an easy way to access fresh herbs. For those with a small space, try opting for only the essential herbs such as basil or parsley.
Secret ingredient? TLC
As with most cuisines, one of the most important aspects of an authentic pizzeria is the love and care put into each dish. With fresh ingredients, handmade elements and made-to-order plates, you’re creating more than just a meal; you’re creating a moment. After all, meals should be about sharing great food with great people.