How should it be the perfect tomato for a Neapolitan pizza? Simpler pizzas like Marinara or Margherita certainly need a product with the right balance in terms of consistency, sourness, freshness and flavor. Let’s see together why Ciao is the right choice for your wood oven.
With or without precooking? And how should the crushing be? More or less dense? As Margherita and Marinara are the simplest pizzas on the menu, the few ingredients that top them must match perfectly.
So, here are some helpful tips about what to ask of the tomato you choose for your White Art.
The identikit of the perfect tomato
Some prefer to cook the tomato before seasoning their Margherita or Marinara. However, this certainly deprives of freshness and Sun flavor the final result, as it implies a second cooking step.
At the same time, there exist in kitchen acidity regulators like sugar or corn starch that although natural they certainly alter the original taste of the topping.
So why not choose a tomato 100% compliant with the AVPN regulations of the true Neapolitan pizza?
The ‘Disciplinare’ of the true Neapolitan pizza
According to the Disciplinare della Verace Pizza – the official regulations that put in writing all the principles of the art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’, now recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the tomato for the Pizza Marinara and Pizza Margherita must be
Fresh or peeled
If peeled tomatoes are used, they must be chosen between the Roma or oblong and San Marzano tomatoes
and then they will have to be drained and hand-crushed to obtain the right consistency and not to alter it.
In order to choose the tomato for the Neapolitan pizza, it is therefore necessary to take into account the following parameters.
Density: considering also the addition of other ingredients and the subsequent oven cooking, the tomato should not be too liquid or too dense
Freshness: a tomato such as Ciao, processed just a few hours after the harvest, allows to preserve all the flavor of a summer product
Acidity: in this case too it is necessary to attain a balance between the sugary and acid components of the vegetables, therefore they must be preserved at the right level of ripeness
Flavor: according to the Disciplinare, tomatoes must be already salted before being put on the dough disc. This means that the freshly opened product must contain the salt quantity necessary to take into account this step that precedes the baking in the oven.
Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli is designed for Neapolitan and Italian traditional dishes and therefore has what it takes for an excellent pizza.