An Italian white pizza menu: the third in a collection of pizza restaurant menus from Maremma in Italy. A place loved by Italians for their weekend getaways and summer vacations, but as yet undiscovered by English or American visitors to Italy. And where great food is a natural part of daily life.
What is white pizza? Italian white pizza - called "pizze bianche" - is pizza without the covering of tomato-based sauce before the toppings are added. The white pizzas in this menu are made in a pizzeria and restaurant on the seafront at Pratorantieri in Follonica, one of my favourite places to eat out along the coast in Maremma. Here they bake "schiacciata" as the pizza bases, which gives the pizzas a whole new dimension in taste and texture.
Schiacciata in Tuscany is a type of "foccacia", an oven baked flat bread seasoned with olive oil and salt. Before baking, the surface of the dough is liberally indented - usually with the bakers knuckles - forming its characteristic surface "holes" when cooked. We eat it sliced open and filled with hams, salami and cheese etc, but it makes great thick-based pizza too!
The schiacciata of nearby Grosetto in Maremma is registered as "i Prodotti agroalimentari tradizionali italiani" - one of Tuscany's protected traditional Italian food products and so you're not just eating any old pizza if you eat a schiacciata version here!
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