Love Italy and Italian food? If you’re traveling to Italy, take time to learn how to make pizza at a school like La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School. Photo credit: La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School.
Victoria Cawthorne wrote this guest post about trying local cuisine and pizza making in Italy.
Wherever you travel in the world, you should do your best to absorb as much as you can about the local culture, and naturally this includes sampling the local cuisine.
Take pizza for example – you may think that you make a pretty mean pizza, or that your local takeaway pizza store delivers the very best in authentic Italian pizza, but you may change your mind when you travel to Italy!
Many people that have visited will tell you that an authentic Italian pizza tastes very different to those found in restaurants and takeaways here, but when you book on package holidays to Italy with cheap companies like Jet2holidays you could go one better than just tasting the local pizzas. Instead, why not take the time to learn how to make the dishes for yourself?
Italy has a number of residential cookery schools to choose from, and by the time you leave you could be making pizza like an Italian master!
Wood Fired Pizza from Scratch & Cooking Class in Italy. Video courtesy of La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School.
The Origins of Pizza
Though there are millions of people all over the world that regularly sit down to enjoy a pizza, few ever think about how the dish came into being. Although we tend to associate pizza with Italy, this is not necessary where the idea originated from.
People all around the Middle East, the ancient Greeks and even the ancient Babylonians used to eat flatbread topped with things like olives and spices. As far as Italy is concerned, Naples is the place that takes pride in claiming the pizza as their own, when a dish was created that was presented to visiting royalty.
A traditional flatbread was topped with foods that would symbolize the colors of the region of Naples, these were the red of the tomato, the green of the basil and the white of the mozzarella cheese. The reaction of the visiting royalty ensured that the dish was a success and soon the greater population were cooking their own variations of the dish.
A Well-Traveled Dish
By the early 1900s, the dish had crossed the Atlantic with the Italian immigrants into America and the dish soon became a favorite with the general population. Pizza is now one of the most recognizable foods available today. So why not learn how to make it the way the Italians do, by taking a residential course at one of their amazing cookery schools. Cheap flights to Italy are available online, so pack your apron, brush up on your herbs and spices and take your place on a holiday with a difference!