12 Classic Italian Pizza Recipes That Are Pure Happiness

Pizza in Italy is a serious matter. You may not believe this, but there are different kinds of crusts, depending on the area of Italy you are eating in. There are also rather strict rules on what is acceptable or not—as far as sauce and pizza toppings go.

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This collection of 12 best Italian pizza recipes includes classics like Margherita Pizza, Prosciutto Rocket and Grana Cheese Pizza, Tuna and Onion Pizza, Blue Cheese Prosciutto Pizza and Sausage Arugula Pizza and Pizza Ortolana (made with grilled vegetables). There are also lesser-known recipes such as Sicilian Style Pepperoni Pizza, Pizzette, Fried Pizza and even Nutella Pizza. Yep, you read that right! This is often found on a pizzeria menu—as dessert.

Different Types of Italian Pizza Crusts

As a rule of thumb, the pizza crust is thicker in the south and thinner in the northern part of the country. So, Sicilian pizza is thick and fluffy, while pizza in Milan is thin and crusty. As for the sauce, Italians only use plain tomato sauce. You can add some salt, extra virgin olive oil and oregano to the tomato purée or leave it plain if you like, but anything other than that is not what Italians use on their pizza. The basic cheese is always fresh mozzarella, the one that melts but remains soft and stretchy. We don’t use any shredded cheese.

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What are the best real Italian pizza toppings?

When it comes to the remaining toppings, there are many classic combinations. Whatever you choose, however, remember that Italian pizza does not come overflowing with toppings. Generally speaking, we use vegetables (often grilled or raw), different cheeses, tuna and cured meats. We NEVER put meat (or chicken!) on our pizza, with the only exception being sausage.

Another fun fact: Italians don’t usually eat pizza by the slice. When we eat our pizza, we have a full one each, no sharing!

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Best Italian Pizza Recipes

So, what are you waiting for? Peruse these recipes and get into the kitchen to make a classic pizza like a real Italian!

<p>Platter Talk</p><p>This pizza Margherita echoes back to the classic Italian pie originally created for a visiting queen. Our version uses all of the basic elements of the original, with two big additions: convenience and ease! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/841371/danzehr/pizza-margherita-fast-and-easy-only-20-minutes-from-prep-to-first-bite/" data-ylk="slk:Easy Pizza Margherita;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Easy Pizza Margherita</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/848273/kathypatalsky/12-veggie-pizza-party-recipes/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:12 Veggie Pizza Party Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">12 Veggie Pizza Party Recipes</a></strong></p>
<p>Alison Ashton</p><p>Calabrian chiles are a zingy variety with plenty of heat. Look for them in Italian delis or online. You also can substitute a thinly sliced fresh serrano or Fresno chile. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/608933/alison-ashton/spicy-pepperoni-pizza-with-calabrian-chiles/" data-ylk="slk:Spicy Pepperoni Pizza with Calabrian Chiles;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Spicy Pepperoni Pizza with Calabrian Chiles</a></strong></p>
<p>The Bitter Side of Sweet</p><p>This blue cheese Prosciutto pizza has a little tang from the blue cheese but pairs excellently with the raw Prosciutto. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.thebittersideofsweet.com/2016/09/07/blue-cheese-prosciutto-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Blue Cheese Prosciutto Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Blue Cheese Prosciutto Pizza</a></strong></p>
<p>Manu’s Menu</p><p>Pizza Ortolana is a traditional vegetarian topping for authentic Italian pizza. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.manusmenu.com/pizza-ortolana" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pizza Ortolana;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Pizza Ortolana</a></strong></p>
<p>Manu’s Menu</p><p>A healthier homemade pizza with Prosciutto, rocket and Grana Padano cheese! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.manusmenu.com/prosciutto-rocket-and-grana-cheese-pizza" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Prosciutto Rocket & Grana Cheese Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Prosciutto Rocket & Grana Cheese Pizza</a></strong></p>
<p>Manu’s Menu</p><p>An Italian grandmother's recipe for fried pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella and anchovies. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.manusmenu.com/fried-pizza-pizza-fritta" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fried Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Fried Pizza</a></strong></p>
<p>Manu’s Menu</p><p>How to make an Italian party favorite: pizzette. Aka little pizzas with olives and ham! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.manusmenu.com/pizzette" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pizzette;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Pizzette</a></strong></p>

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How to make an Italian party favorite: pizzette. Aka little pizzas with olives and ham!

Get the recipe: Pizzette

<p>The Bitter Side of Sweet</p><p>This homemade sausage arugula pizza is bursting with the bold flavor of peppery arugula and flavorful sausage. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.thebittersideofsweet.com/2016/10/23/sausage-arugula-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sausage Arugula Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Sausage Arugula Pizza</a></strong></p>
<p>Belly Full</p><p>Made with fresh marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil and fresh tomatoes, this classic Margherita pizza is simple, classic, and absolutely delicious! </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://bellyfull.net/2016/03/10/classic-margherita-pizza/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Classic Margherita Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Classic Margherita Pizza</a></strong></p>
<p>Manu’s Menu</p><p>Tuna and onions are traditional toppings for an authentic Italian pizza.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.manusmenu.com/tuna-and-onion-pizza" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tuna & Onion Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Tuna & Onion Pizza</a></strong></p>
<p>The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine</p><p>Sicilian-style pepperoni pizza has a thick crust and is a square pie baked up crispy on the bottom and light and chewy on the inside. Dense yet light all at the same time. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.foodhuntersguide.com/2016/07/sicilian-style-pepperoni-pizza.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sicilian Style Pepperoni Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Sicilian Style Pepperoni Pizza</a></strong></p>
<p>Manu’s Menu</p><p>Nutella pizza has a pizza base, topped with Nutella, whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.manusmenu.com/nutella-pizza" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nutella Pizza;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Nutella Pizza</a></strong></p>

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