Neapolitan (Napoletana) pizza is more than just another type of pizza; it’s a recipe crafted from inspired chefs back in Naples, Italy, with a history as rich as its flavor. In the age of fast food, most people sadly never get a chance to experience what the best authentic Neapolitan pizza fresh from the oven tastes like.
However, that might change for you, your friends, or your family members with a visit to Pizzeria Via Mercanti in Toronto, the GTA, or Ontario. For the best authentic Neapolitan pizza you won’t find anywhere else, visit one of our 4 locations for your next get-together. But first, what is Neapolitan pizza exactly?
What is Neapolitan Pizza?
Sometimes known as Pizza Napoletana, Neapolitan pizza is exactly what it sounds like: a type of pizza originating in Naples, Italy. Its timelessness lies in its simplicity: nothing more than dough, tomatoes, cheese, olive oil, and basil are used in the making.
Unlike other forms of pizza, Neapolitan pizza often includes more sauce than cheese and is rarely served by the slice. As a result, you can expect it to be about the size of a personal pan.
How Did Pizza in Napoli get Started?
The modern take on the pizza was, in fact, invented in Naples. Before the 18th century, a common dish popular in Europe was the flatbread, essentially a crust. There was also the schiacchiate, a flattened bread that dates back to the Egyptians.
The addition of tomatoes wasn’t a welcome change at first. The ingredient was considered poisonous by many Italians for a few centuries after their introduction, but, over time, many cooks found that adding tomatoes increased the dish’s popularity tremendously.
At this point, the Marinara pizza was invented. It became so widespread that the pizzeria was created to fill in the demand complete with a wood-burning stove, and a professional pizza maker became a genuine vocation.
The cheese and greens weren’t added until baker Raffaele Esposito baked a special dish for King Umberto and Queen Margherita during their Naples visit. It was a pizza with added ingredients (tomatoes, cheese, and basil) that made up the colors of the Italian flag. And thus, the Neapolitan pizza was born.
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Today
Not everyone can make the best authentic Neapolitan pizza, and the European Union seems to agree. In 1984, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (“True Neapolitan Pizza Association”) was formed to ensure the same standards of quality are still kept all these years. Any pizzeria that joins the association must follow the guidelines set by the organization.
Pizzeria Via Mercanti | Best Authentic Neapolitan Pizza in Toronto & the GTA
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Find out why Pizzeria Via Mercanti was voted the Best Pizza in Ontario by the ICCO in 2018 and the best pizza in Toronto by Now Magazine. We have 4 locations with a special promotion in the next couple of months for our newest opening in the Gerrard location. You can get 20% off all pizzas, pastas, and desserts with a downloadable coupon.
- Neapolitan pizza is an elegantly-crafted style of pizza with a rich history that not many are aware of.
- This type of pizza was the culmination of several new ingredients in European culture, from the ancestral flatbreads to the introduction of tomatoes to the special touches used by professional pizza bakers throughout Italy.
- Book a table with us now for the best authentic Neapolitan pizza available right near your home in Toronto and the GTA.