Why Must Pizza Have Cheese?

PizzaDanielle MacInnes (via Unsplash)

Every year in the United States, 3 billion pizzas are sold. On average, this means that 350 pizza slices are sold every second. Clearly, pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. This simple and savory dish of Italian origin comes in many styles, shapes, and recipes. Yet there’s almost always one common denominator between them—cheese.

If you’re like me, you like to ask weird questions about food. And if you’re curious about when and why putting cheese on pizza became a thing to begin with, you’re in the right place. Pizza is one of my long-time culinary obsessions. So I’m going to share with you everything I know on the topic today.

Is Detroit-Style Pizza Sicilian?

Detroit-style pizza

You haven’t been to Detroit if you haven’t had Detroit-style pizza. Rectangular and topped with Wisconsin cheese, sliced pepperoni, and homemade tomato sauce, up until recently this style of pizza was Motor City’s best-kept secret.

Until Pizza Hut picked up on it and made a Detroit-style pizza of its own. Now, the word is spreading around and pizza eaters all over the country are asking… where did this delicious style of pizza originally come from?

How to Make Neapolitan-Style Pizza at Home

Neapolitan pizza

Neapolitan pizza is the most authentic, traditional, and delicious style of Italian pizza. Topped with fresh ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves, this style of pizza comes with an airy crust.

The crust is so light and fluffy that, when you squeeze it, it goes right back up. The sauce is simple and reveals the taste of the tomatoes. And the mozzarella is light and watery.

In this post, I’m going to walk you through my six steps to making Neapolitan-style pizza from scratch at home.