It is a popular saying which tells us to do as Indians do when in India. So by that logic, if you ever find yourself in India, you should try India-style pizza –that’s how you’ll eat the best pizza in the India area that it could offer. But before you try someplace which claims to sell India-style pizza, you might have to keep certain caveats in mind.
Is India pizza enough of a ‘style’ of pizza? Whenever we talk of pizza, we usually talk about Italian or Greek, or the more modern styles like the New York-style pizza. However, unlike the other kinds, India style is technically not a style as such, i.e., no pizzeria in India claims to serve a good India-style pizza, simply because such a style does not exist. Interestingly, there is a place in North Wales, Pennsylvania, that sells an India-style pizza but essentially serves a pan pizza. Again, however, some would argue that India-style pizza exists.
Although the term ‘style’ is used loosely in India-style pizzas, there seem to be two main, key ingredients that go in it –Cornmeal, covering various portions of the crust, which often depends on what pizzeria you go to, and cheese –often a combination of cheeses like mozzarella, domestic parmesan or provolone.
The use of Brick ovens is also prevalent in most pizzerias in India. It helps to bake your pizza to perfection, with a soft yet crunchy golden-brown crust that enhances the whole flavour of the pizza.
Is there such a thing?
A lot of people tend to compare Indian pizzas and New York pizzas. However, most people who do not think India-style pizza is an actual style of pizza tend to equate it to the New York or Californian style of pizzas. The origins of this style trace back to the 1950s, where a Greek community first discovered pan pizza, and the style has since been named after the city. People who claim there is an Indian style of making pizzas equate it to the pizza served by one of the oldest pizzerias in the city, which also happens to be one of the oldest in America. However, the term seems to refer to pan pizza.
In conclusion, India-style pizza seems to not be a style by popular opinion. It simply refers to a pan pizza, even though the best-rated and oldest pizzerias in India bake their pizzas, as mentioned before in this article. However, even though you may not be able to enjoy authentic India-style pizza, or you may well already have since it’s a pan pizza, there’s still a lot of good pizzas in India that are critically acclaimed and have stood the test of time. So even if you were planning on going to India to eat its authentic style pizza, do not be disheartened, as the India pizzerias are good to its people, and you will be able to find delicious Italian, Midwestern, Northeastern and Mediterranean pizzas to eat to your heart’s content.