Pizza is typically thought of as originating in Italy with famous roots in Chicago and New York. However, there are many different international pizza styles for kids and the whole family to try. These pizzas may not be exactly what you would recognize as a pizza; but, they are similar.
While “pizza” from other parts of the world may seem to have unusual ingredients to you, the people from the originating countries may think the same about your pizzas. A pizza topped with seafood may be everyday fare for someone in another country. At the same time, an all cheese pizza may be considered snobbish to someone in a different country.
Here are a few of the different international styles of pizza you can introduce to your kids and family.
French Style Pizza
As you may have guessed, French pizza is made with French bread. However, you may not know is that French pizza is also made with anchovy fillets and Kalamata olives. Flaky puffed pastry and spices such as thyme and parsley with a dose of really good olive oil makes French pizza something very unique.
German Style Pizza
One form of German pizza is a pizza that eats like a meal in itself. It has peppers, onions, chopped meat, and potatoes. Milk, cheese, butter, and eggs are also ingredients found in this one particular version of German pizza. It serves like a meal, a pizza, and an omelet all rolled into one.
Believe it or not, another version of German pizza is served with tuna on top. Many people like anchovies on their pizza and this version of German pizza uses canned tuna.
Italian Style Pizza
Italian pizza comes in many ways and varieties. Not only is Italian pizza diversified in its ingredients, it is also diversified in the way that it is cooked. Italian pizza may have anchovies, sausage, ham, different types of cheese and even past on top. Some Italian pizza has no tomatoes and just olive oil and ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
Other Italian pizzas are cooked in traditional ovens while some are cooked in coal burning ovens made out of brick.
Japanese Style Pizza
The Japanese pizza uses a variety of ingredients, to say the least. Japanese pizza can consist of mayonnaise, potatoes, bacon, and fish in the family of eel or squid. As stated earlier, some may think that a typical cheese pizza is unusual while others are quite used to eating pizza with different types of fish on top of it.
Once you have tried all the traditional and creative toppings from your own country, try one or more international pizza styles and see if any of them tickle your taste buds. You never know. Introducing international pizza styles to your family and friends may do more than provide an interesting meal. This is especially true for children when you include fun facts and educational material about each country as you introduce its pizza style.