The original pizza was created in Naples, in southern Italy, at the end of the 18th century in honor of the Queen of Italy, Margherita di Savoia. It is presented with a high “cornicione” (the edge) and is lower in the center, and is strictly baked in a wood-fired oven.
Pizza margherita is the most famous and simplest of pizzas, with its tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, recalling the colors of the national flag. It is a symbol of Italian cuisine and one of its most emblematic Italian dishes.
In a bowl combine water and salt allow to dissolve.
Add 10% of the flour and mix. Mix well; add more flour and the yeast.
Continue to add the remaining flour and mix well until combined.
Turn Dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic.
This can take up to 10 min.
Place the dough into a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp cloth and set aside.
Let the dough rest for half an hour, then divide into 4-5 round balls.
Cover with a damp tea towel and allow the dough balls to rise.
This can take up to 10 – 12 hrs.
Once the dough has doubled in size place on a lightly floured bench, stretch the dough by hand.
Roll out a 220g Pizza dough.
Spread the San Marzano tomato.
Top with Buffalo Mozzarella, place 4 basil leaves on top and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil.
When it comes to making the world’s best pizza, Australian Pizzaiolo don’t usually spring to mind – but one Aussie has changed that.
Known as “Mr Pizza” at home, Melbourne based Johnny Di Francesco was recently named the best in the world at The 2014 World Pizza Championships in Napoli.
Johnny’s passion for Italian cusine draws from traditional Neapolitan techniques, with his family originating from Naples.
And with a host of award wins and a number of successful restaurants under his belt, Johnny has established himself as a force to be reckoned with internationally.
On invitation, Johnny spent much of early 2014 overseas to represent his home country in several key pizza events. Judging and competing. Johnny visited Paris, Las Vegas and Parma to share his expert knowledge and put his unique stamp on the international pizza domain.
Culminating in his Wolrd Pizza Championship win, Johnny has gained national and international media attention, media coverage and recognition.
Johnny’s dedication to making world-class pizza has also awarded him the coveted position of Australasian Principal of V.P.N, an international association based in Naples that is dedicated to protecting and promoting authentic Neapolitan Pizza. Only two chefs in Australia have been awarded this honor.
Accolades and Achievements
*Crowned #1 at the 2014 World Pizza Championship for best STG pizza in 2014
*Australasian Principal of V.P.N
*Named #3 at the 2014 Vegas International Pizza Expo for STG pizza
*Invited back to World Pizza Championship to judge in 2015
*Face of Breville’s new home pizza oven featuring across the Qantas and Jetstar networks
*Captain of The Australian Pizza Team
*Ambassador and judge representing Australia at regular international events such as The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas and the famous Parizza event in Paris
*National and international media sensation, putting Australia on the world map for amazing, authentic pizza
*Creation of the 99 cheese pizza, resulting in international coverage
*Invited to create pizza to celebrate Sophia Loren’s Melbourne visit
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