Recipe for Pizza Diavola

 

Ingredients for pizza for 4 persons

Dough:

500 gr of bread flour
5 gr of active dry yeast
300 gr of warm water
10 gr of salt
35 gr Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pizza Toppings:

400 gr Tomato sauce
250 gr Mozzarella
150 gr Spicy Salami
35 gr Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in flour, salt and oil and add water with yeast. Beat until smooth. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.Grease a large bowl with olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 2 hours. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 4 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for half an hour.Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan. Spread with tomato and mozzarella, a bit of salt and olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy our recipe for Pizza Diavola and “buon appetito”!

 

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A Bit of History…

History of Pizza Diavola

Pizza has ancient origins and can be traced back to the beginnings of flat breads, which were already present in Ancient Egypt. While there are mentions of dishes similar to pizza through the history of the Mediterranean cultures, the pizza types that we know today were created in Naples.
At the beginning, pizza was made with a type of bread dough, flattened with hands and covered with cheese or lard and cooked in a very hot wood-burning oven.
Only in the 18th century did someone think to add tomato as a topping. Unfortunately, birth of the idea to add spicy salami on top of pizza is unknown. The origin of spicy dishes, especially salami, is from the Italian southern regions; only today, spicy salami is known in the world as part of the Italian traditional food and another diffused version of “spicy pizza” is with ’Nduja, a particularly spicy, spreadable pork salami from Calabria.

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