The question that’s been plaguing the world of pizza since its conception in 997 A.D. Ask anyone this question and you’re bound to receive an ample amount of different answers. How does one know when a certain pizza is superior to another? Is a pizza from a 5-star Italian restaurant really much better than the one you’re getting from the drive-through? With our ample knowledge and experience around the topic of pizza, we will be breaking down each area of a pizza and seeing what makes a pizza truly worthy of being consumed with passion.
The round ship that carries the team on its back, the crust.
Where does any good pizza start from? The crust of course. Without a good, solid, and consistent crust, it’s doomed from the beginning. Crusts are all made differently, all carrying different attributes, tastes, and looks. While it comes down to personal preference with how thick or thin a pizza crust is, some things must be certain to ensure the crust is good. It needs to be airy and chewy enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re biting into a piece of old cardboard, but it must also be sturdy enough that it will hold all of its ingredients without fail. A pizza with a weak crust will almost certainly guarantee that you end up with a plate of cheese and other ingredients, and all you’re left within your hand is a sad, brittle piece of bread. Not very fun.
Are all of the ingredients getting the proper amount of love?
Pizza can become very intricate and delicate pieces of art when in the right hands. Everyone likes different toppings and ingredients, but it’s of the utmost importance that all of these ingredients are getting along with one another and one ingredient isn’t trying to outshine the rest of the class. Why does the green pepper have to be pushed to the back so the pepperoni can shine? In an ideal world, all ingredients get the proper spacing and are all presented in a clear and delicate manner.
The two biggest rivals of any pizza, the ones that can make or break the entire thing. The cheese and the sauce. While both are good in balance, more often than not, the sauce may overpower the cheese or vice versa. Finding that perfect balance between flavors is extremely important. Think of them as musical notes. In harmony, there is nothing more beautiful, but when one wants to show off, suddenly the whole orchestra is up in flames.
Make sure it’s colorful
Besides the general taste, colors tell a significant story about a pizza and its journey to how it got into your hands.
The sauce should be a nice, vibrant, rich red color. If it appears too dark or tastes too salty, chances are the tomatoes were not as fresh as they could have been and results in something that’s less than desirable.
The cheese. Is it crunchy? Is it too dark? If this is the case, a pizza is not at its true potential. The cheese is one of the catalysts to a good pizza and being overcooked will also leave you with a pizza that could’ve turned into something much better.