Hailing from Naples, the birthplace of pizza, Gino’s Italian pizza recipes are as true to the authentic originals as possible – and have the added bonus of that unique and delicious Gino twist!
For a true Italian pizza experience, there’s nothing better than these authentic recipes – and the beauty of making real Italian pizza is that it’s so easy to do! Make the base, top it with mozzarella and one of Gino’s Italian pizza sauce recipes and then vegetables, meat, more cheese, fish – whatever you like! The sky’s the limit.
And when it comes to truly authentic Italian pizza recipes, Gino is a tough act to beat – after all the pizza itself was invented in his back yard. In the 1500s in Naples, a popular flatbread called a ‘galette’ was referred to as a ‘pizza’ (literally, a ‘pie’ in Italian) and was a dish sold as street food for poorer people. They used whatever ingredients they could get hold of and created the first Italian pizza dough recipe, topping it with olive oil, herbs and spices. That’s why the classic Italian pizza recipe as we know it is Neapolitan.
But it didn’t end there. ‘Pizzaoili’ Raffaele Esposito later created a traditional Italian pizza recipe (the one almost everyone today uses) for the visit of Queen Margherita in 1889 that included the ‘tricolore’, the three colours of the Italian flag – red (tomatoes), green (basil) and white (mozzarella) and the world-famous pizza margherita was born!
So if you’re after that authentic Italian pizza experience then you simply can’t get any better than Gino’s real Italian pizza – indeed, if you’re after delicious and easy Italian pizza recipes, you’re in the right place!
You can find a full range of the very best Italian pizza recipes in Gino’s best-selling recipe books or you can find a selection of great ideas below. Time to start cooking!