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February 9th is National Pizza Day, so let’s take a look at how different places around the world enjoy their versions of this delicious dish!
In Spain coca is the pizza that is enjoyed by locals. It can have sweet or salty toppings like fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and even fish. The crust is quite flaky and is covered in lots and lots of olive oil.
The cong you bing in China is kind of like a pizza and a pancake mash-up. Pancakes are made with batter and cong you bing is made with dough so let’s call it a pizza. The dough is mixed with green onions and fried with oil, creating a chewy and delicious snack!
In Chicago the pizza truly is like a pie. It is cooked in a deep dish and the crust comes up high around the outside. Inside it is filled with lots of meat and tomato sauce and then topped with a lot of mozzarella cheese.
This version of pizza from the country of Georgia is more like a cheesy pocket baked with an egg and butter on top. No tomato sauce with this one!
This Turkish version of pizza is a flatbread covered in minced beef or lamb, onions, herbs, spices and tomatoes. No cheese on this one! There is a similar version from Armenia called Lahmajoun and there’s a debate about which country made it first.
The dough of a lángos is deep fried and then covered in sour cream, garlic butter, grated cheese and sometimes onions and meats too. This is a popular street food in Hungary.
Manakish is a flat bread covered in oil and a spice mix called za’atar. It is usually eaten in the morning for breakfast. Sometimes it has meat and cheese on it too.
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The margherita is the original thin crust pizza from southern Italy. The crust is chewy and has only three toppings that are the same colour as the Italian flag: red tomato sauce, white mozzarella cheese and fresh green basil leaves.
In Rome you can find pizza bianca, or white pizza. Pizza bianca has more of a crispy, cracker-like dough and it usually only has olive oil, rosemary and sea salt on it.
Kind of like a meat pie, a sfiha is very similar to the manakish of Lebanon and the lahmacun of Turkey. A sfiha has minced meat, pine nuts, onions, vegetables and sometimes a local cheese as well.
France and Germany make their pizzas with a cream sauce, onions and bacon. They are usually cooked in wood-fired ovens.
This one from Poland is like a sandwich crossed with a pizza. Bread is used as the base and then it's topped with cheese, mushrooms, onions and olives. As a finishing touch, it's then covered in ketchup!