- Did you know that the soft, smooth, mild-flavoured, mouth-watering cheese called mozzarella originated in the south of Italy near two towns called Battipaglia and Caserta near Naples? That is also why we refer to one style of soft-based pizza as a Napolitana pizza.
- Way back then, mozzarella was ,and still often is, made from the milk of water buffalos. That is why you will sometimes see ‘Buffalo Mozzarella’ as an ingredient on the menu of good Italian restaurants.
- When mozzarella is made from cows’ milk, it goes under a different name – Fior di Latte. It is made in exactly the same way, and the same process is used to create the soft, moist cheese for which Italy has become world-famous.
- Due to the immense popularity of Italian food, mozzarella is exported to hundreds of countries. And, even more impressive, due to Italians migrating to various regions of the globe, mozzarella is nowadays being produced in factories in many countries other than Italy. Yes, it is that popular! Lucky us!
- Another type of Italian cheese that competes for first prize is called Parmesan or Parmigiano. This is a strongly flavoured hard cheese that is usually sprinkled over pasta dishes as a topping.
- Italy’s real name is Repubblica Italiana. But it is sometimes also referred to as Bel Paese, which means ‘Beautiful Country’.
- A calzone is simply a pizza that has been folded over like a closed envelope. Yum.
- In restaurants in the cities and towns of Italy, pizza is typically cooked in a wood-fired, dome-shaped oven. Luckily for us, if we don’t have access to such a specialized oven and the time to stoke a fire, there is always delicious, convenient Ital Pizza with which to impress family and friends. Don’t forget that side of Nice ‘n Easy Creamed Spinach. It can even be heaped over the pizza!
So now teach your kids a few facts about the country from which their favourite food originates. And when next you are in the supermarket, remember to buy some mozzarella. Sometimes pizza is just that much tastier with a bit extra!
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