How to prepare the best tomato sauce for your pizza

What is the best pizza you have ever eaten? Think about it before you answer and ask yourself what was so special about this pizza?? Next time you are in Rome, be sure to join our Rome Pizza Tour to taste the best pizza in Rome!

Pizza Tomato SauceThe first secret of a good pizza is a good tomato sauce! At the end of the day, it is what really makes a difference. A great dough can be ruined by a careless prepared tomato sauce. So here we go with some useful tips about the best tomato sauce for pizza EVER!

Ingredients (this should be enough for around ⅚ pizzas:

Extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tins of quality plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • dried oregano
  • basil
  • salt

Pizza Tomato SaucePut the oil in a pan together with the garlic. Cook until it becomes a bit golden, be careful not to burn it, it tastes horrible if overcooked. If that happens, you have to throw it away and start all over again! Add the tinned tomatoes and cook until almost dry, then add the tomato paste, some basil leaves, salt and oregano. If necessary, you can add also some spoons of water if you are not happy with the thickness of the sauce. Once ready, let it cool before spreading it on your pizza.

Now the most important question: when is the right time to add the tomato sauce to your pizza? Answer is: before baking the pizza! Only things that are allowed to be added once the pizza is baked are: prosciutto, rucola salad or other fresh ingredients. Another tip for your best pizza: please do not over “cheese” it! Taste your result! If you are not satisfied, come to Rome and taste the best pizza!

Fried Pizza: because pizza is always pizza!

Fried Pizza

Fried Pizza

How many types of pizzas have you tasted in your life? There are so many extravagant version of this typical Southern-Italian dish that it is sometimes impossible to distinguish original Italian ones. Well, there is always something new to try! You know what we are talking about if you’ve joined one of our Roma Pizza Tour!

One of the specialities of this tour is the fried pizza! Yes, you got it right! As if pizza was not good enough, we decided also to fry it! This recipe is of Neapolitan origins and it is called Montanara recipe, which takes its name from the montanari. I montanari  were the mountain peasants, who apparently used to eat fried bread dressed with tomatoes and cheese.  Just to give you an idea of how easy this recipe is!

So here is what you need to try to do Fried Pizza at home:

Ingredients

  • 800 gr basic pizza dough

  • Mozzarella (better if buffalo one)

  • 1 clove garlic , peeled and finely sliced

  • 400 gr good-quality tinned plum tomatoes

  • oregano

  • fresh basil

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • salt

  • black pepper

  • vegetable oil

It is better to prepare the tomato sauce first, so that once the dough is ready you can just dress it and enjoy your fried pizza while still warm. So, first of all heat a saucepan, pour few spoons of olive oil and add the sliced garlic. Cook gently over low fire. When the garlic turns light golden, add the tomatoes and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Cook gently for about 20 minutes, turn the fire off, add some basil and put to one side.

Tomato Sauce for Fried Pizza

Now you’ll just have to fry your pizza base and it is ready! Let’s suppose here that you have already your basic pizza dough ready. Divide it in 12 balls of around 60 gr each and then flatten them to obtain a disk-like shape. Every disk of pizza is going to be fo 8-10 cm of diameter. At this point, heat 2 cm of vegetable oil on a frying pan and fry each pizza for 2 minutes or so on each side. Put the dough balls in the oil only when it is really hot. Remove them with tongs and place them on a tray with some kitchen papers, so that the extra oil is absorbed.

Fried Pizza

Now spread each one of the little pizza with a spoonful of the tomato sauce and tear over some mozzarella and few leaves of basil or dried oregano.

Here you go! Easy, tasty and colorful! Don’t forget to try the original Montanara recipe when you pass by Italy!

 

Meet Your Guide: Giovanna on the Pizza Tour in Rome!

Giovanna Rome Pizza TourAs described in our last article when we interviewed our Milan Food Tour Guide we are rolling out a periodic “Meet Your Guide” interview series for those of you curious about food tours and our foodie guides in Italy. As promised, this edition features one of our guides from Rome. Check out what Giovanna has to say about this pizza pie tour in the eternal city:
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Name:  Giovanna Di Furia
Nationality and Hometown?  ITALIAN – ROME
Name of tour you lead and where: ROME- PIZZA TOUR & SEGWAY TOUR
Pizza Tour RomeYour favorite part of the tour: FOOD TASTING STOPS!
Favorite Local Restaurant in your city: PIPERNO in the Jewish Ghetto
One thing visitors to your city can’t miss: The view of Rome by night Favorite Travel Quote? “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine
What’s next on your travel bucket list? China
What is your favorite Italian city to travel to?  Naples
What’s your best travel tip for those coming to visit Italy? Do as the locals do, eat as the local eat!!!
What’s the food that someone must try in your city before leaving? Anything with artichokes and zucchini flowers in the Jewish district and Roman pizza!
Rome Pizza Tour 2What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on one of your tours? One day I finished the pizza tour and returned to the office. At a certain moment I saw 3 guests of mine passing again by the office. They stopped at me to thank me again for the wonderful tour. In the feedback, the daughter (a teenager) wrote that it was the most memorable tour they had and they all felt like a family (in the group there were more people). .
What do you like most about leading tours? Sharing experiences, learning where my guests are coming from, why they chose Italy to visit, what they think about my town, talking to them about my experiences in USA, France, Germany, Ireland.
What makes your tour unique? I combine basic tourist information with tips and funny things they never heard before. .
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Pizza Margherita (Wikipedia Commons)

Pizza Margherita (Wikipedia Commons)

Want to taste and discover Rome with Giovanna? Book a tasty Rome Pizza Food Tour and in the booking process, make sure to mention this article.

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