When it comes to ordering pizza in addition to choosing the pizza toppings, we also need to choose the pizza type we want. No matter if it is thin-crust, regular, deep-dish, or Sicilian, you can get your favorite pizza in Cape May. Most of us know that Sicilian is the ultra-thick, square pie topped with cheese and sauce.
Let’s understand the versions of Sicilian pizza.
Italian Sicilian Pizza
The original and authentic version from Sicily comes from Palermo and this is known as sfincione which loosely translates as a thick sponge. The Sicilian pizza contains a spongy and fluffy bread base topped with a meatless sauce which is made from herbs, onions, tomatoes, and anchovies. This is covered with breadcrumbs and then optional grating cheese is added.
How do we bake it?
This pizza type is baked in a square tray. Traditional sfincione does not use mozzarella because most of the milk produced in Sicily comes from goat and sheep. Most of the time, you can see this in bakeries or panificios.
Traditionally, the meatless option is sold in December to celebrate the occasion of Good Friday, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas Eve. Moreover, you can even enjoy this all year long. In summers the pizza experts make sure to serve it at room temperature.
History of Sicilian Pizza
- In Sicily, pizza and sfincione were popular by the mid-19th century. The Sicilian-style pizza was brought to the United States by Sicilian immigrants. The mozzarella was added to this pizza type because the Italian bakers had cheap mozzarella options of mozzarella. Soon, the term pizza began to encompass the type or bread-crust which is topped with cheese and sauce.
- Now it is famously known as Sicilian-style pizza which gives it a thick base and square base. Mostly to make the taste better it is topped with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Sometimes the sauce is on the top of the cheese.
Ingredients of Sicilian Pizza
The Sicilian pizza or sfincione is made with a thick, spongy dough. The mixture of water, flour, yeast, and olive oil is left to rise and then pressed into a well-oiled square baking pan. The crust is then topped with the sauce with is made of all the fresh ingredients and then loaded on the pizza to give it the perfect taste. The sauce is covered with breadcrumbs and grated caciocavallo cheese and then baked in a hot oven. The spongy dough will soak up the olive oil at the bottom pa. This is going to create a crisp bottom and this way the middle is going to remain spongy and soft.