A few special pizza places have pizza D.O.C certification.
Pizza D.O.C is believed by some foodies to be the most authentic form of pizza available.
No deep dish, meat-lovers, stuffed crust, dipping sauces or cheesy bread here.
Where does this title come from and is Pizza DOC healthy?
D.O.C. stands for 'Denominazione di Origine Controllata'
Normally seen on authenticate bottles of Italian wine.
There are two pizzas you need to make to certify:
Marinara: tomatoes, oil, oregano , garlic
Margherita: tomatoes, oil, mozzarella, basil
But simply adding the ingredients do not make you DOC, aka "real pizza".
The oven must be wood burning.
The dough does matter.
Here are the basic VPN Guidelines?
1. A Wood-Burning Oven:
Pizza Napoletana must be cooked in a wood-fired dome oven operating at roughly 800ºF.
2. Proper Ingredients:
Tipo 00 flour, San Marzano tomatoes, all natural Fior di Latte or Bufala mozzarella, fresh basil, salt and yeast -- only fresh, all-natural, non-processed ingredients.
3. Proper Technique:
Your pizza dough must be kneaded either by hand, or with a low speed mixer. No mechanical dough shaping is allowed, such as a dough press or rolling pin, and proper pizza preparation. Pizza baking time should not exceed 90 seconds.
There is an organizations in Italy and USA that help certify pizzerias.
A link for info regarding Pizza Napoletana :
The movement gained visibility in 2004, when the VPN Association worked with the Italian Ministry of Agriculture to present Pizza Napoletana to the European Union as a protected food product, similar to cheese, olive oil or wine. The resulting press coverage in the United State created a stir, and today, Vera Pizza Napoletana claims to be DOC (Denominazione d' Origine Controllata), the same status as Chianti Classico.
IS IT HEALTHY???
Yes! As I have posted before, a simple pizza margherita or pizza marinara is much healthier than something like a Pizza Hut Au Natural Pizza. Even though the marketing may confuse your brain....go all natural-the Italian's true way... D.O.C.
Posted by Kathy on 1/18/2009