Pizza in Italian means pie – a most mundane description of a unique dish. It originated in Naples, Italy and is, basic- ally, a large round cake of bread dough spread with a variety of ingredients – tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, olives, anchovies, mushrooms, bacon, sausage and shrimps, or a combination of these, being some of the most popular fillings.
Pizza is baked in a hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the dough is cooked and the cheese on top has melted.
In some parts of Italy, pizzas are made with pastry instead of bread dough which makes a lighter meal, but for an authentic Neapolitan pizza, the base must be bread dough.
For serving, one small pizza is usually allowed per person, but if preferred, one very large pizza can be made, to serve up to four people.