HIS MAJESTY THE NEAPOLITAN FRIED PIZZA | Gran Caffè Gambrinus

Born from the culinary genius of the Neapolitans and their famous art of getting by, fried pizza is definitely the typical dish of Neapolitan street food, where simple ingredients are mixed together, creating a delicacy with an irresistible taste.

The fried pizza has a truly compelling story full of curiosities linked above all to the difficult historical periods that its inhabitants have had to face.

A pizza to fight poverty

The spread of fried pizza is to be placed mainly in the period of the end of World War II. Poverty, the scarcity of raw materials and the destruction of the ovens used to make traditional pizzas, led some ingenious pizza-makers to make do, preparing in their homes with a few simple ingredients a dough that could cook in hot oil.

This new pizza, fried in boiling oil, tended to swell giving those who ate a sense of satiety. Immediately it was a great success, so as to become in a short time one of the indispensable products in the diet of the Neapolitans of the time who periodically fed this food.

“Pizza to eight”

In addition to the sense of satiety, obviously the economic factor also affected. The fried pizza was accessible to everyone. In fact, it is also remembered as the “eight-day pizza”. At the time, in fact, we used to eat a fried pizza at the time and pay it after eight days, a real panacea for those who lived in economic difficulties.

All-female labor

If initially their realization happened thanks to the expert hands of pizza chefs, over time, to prepare them were the wives of the latter.

Neapolitan housewives kneaded and fried under the eyes of everyone outside their bass fried pizzas, enterprising women who with their work were able to help the family and have a small economic independence.

Fried pizza today

The fried pizza today is not so different from that of the time. Of course what has changed is certainly the filling that contains its interior. Today the filling is plentiful until it is almost impossible, but what has remained the same is that it is still eaten on the street.

Wrapped in paper as simply as in the past, it gives it an unchanging charm over time.