What can be more exciting than a pizza party when on a holiday in Tuscany?! Our guest families and us come together every week to eat, chat, laugh and drink while tasting schiacciata and five other types of probably the most famous Italian food.
One of the main protagonists of the pizza evening is the historical oven built a couple of centuries ago in-between farmhouse La Canonica and a wood shelter.
The preparation of the dough takes place behind the closed doors of our kitchen. It is a long, important and delicate moment when flour, yeast and water blend together in a perfect marriage-à-trois. We recommend you have a light lunch the day of the party – the evening is long and you must taste each and every type of pizza we prepare for you.
Around 6.30 pm we start bring out trays of dough, i panetti di pizza, and start working the dough to make the famous schiacciata which is the appetizer of the party. Italian kids grow on schiacciata as a healthy snack!
Generally the first pizza to come out of our oven after the adored schiacciata is the queen of all pizzas, the famous pizza Margherita! Although this kind of pizza must have existed already at the end of the 18th century, it is only starting 1889 that it officially bears the name of Margherita. A cook named Raffaele Esposito prepared for Italy’s king Umberto I and his queen Margherita di Savoia during their visit in Naples three different types of pizza. Queen Margherita preferred the one evoking the country’s flag: red, white and green (pomodoro, mozzarella fresca and basilico).
A suprising white pizza is the one where the sweetness courgette flowers (yes, in Tuscany we eat these flowers too) and the strong taste of gorgonzola, all on a mozzarella bed.
The easy and relaxed atmosphere of the evening, the stories that everyone shares, the happiness of the children – all contribute to create unforgettable memories to cherish when you return home.
Thank you KoolPhoto and AndStory for some of the wonderful shots.