Neapolitan Pizza Definition
Neapolitan Pizza is a hand-tossed, medium-thickness crust pizza topped with a simple sauce made from fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
This style originated in Naples, Italy. The pizza is cooked at temperatures up to 950F for a short time, 60 – 90 seconds, in a wood-fired oven using authentic ingredients and traditional dough recipes.
A thin base with puffy crusts characterizes a Neapolitan pizza and patches of charring from the flames. According to the AVPN, when made per VPN guidelines, “the consistency of the ‘Verace Pizza Napoletana’ should be soft, elastic, easy to manipulate and fold.
The center should be exceptionally soft to the touch and taste, where the red of the tomato is evident, and the white of the mozzarella should appear in evenly spread patches, with the green of the basil leaves.« Back to Glossary Index