Where Can I Find the Best Pizza?
In all my travels, I have noticed a commonality amongst all the places. They all have pizza. Pizza has made its way around the world. You can find it in most places in the world. Whether it is a birthday pizza party, a midnight snack, or cold pizza for breakfast. People around the world love pizza. Pizza has evolved to be a truly international dish that crosses all borders.
The origin of pizza goes back to the Queen Margarita of Italy. According to popular belief, in 1889, 28 years after the unification of Italy, during a visit to Naples of Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi and his wife created a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). They named it after the Queen - Pizza Margherita.
When it comes to the Italians and many other countries, pizza is an art form. For example, within Italy, it requires only top quality ingredients and the traditional preparation and cooking methods. These are the fundamentals of a true Pizza Napoletana. You need to have a 3 mm thick disk of dough with a 1-2 cm high crust. No other working tools other than the hands of the pizzaiolo are allowed, no rolling pin or mechanical press machine, and it needs to be cooked in a wood-fired brick oven at 485°C for about 90 to 95 seconds.
Many other countries around the world have created their own style of pizza and they have immense pride in their styles and techniques. Canada was one of the first places in North America where pizza was introduced in the late 1950s. Over the years the US has created many of its own styles. You have Chicago Style, New York style, New Jersey style, St. Louis Style, and my personal favorite New Haven style, CT style pizza, which is made with super-thin dough, sauce and cheese all the way to the edge of the crust, and cooked in seconds in 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit coal-fired roman style pizza oven. Japan and Germany have been creating some pretty incredible pizzas as well.
So whether you are a novice pizza eater and just want a good meal or you are a pizza connoisseur and you only eat the very best pizza, we would love to know what your favorite pizza place is in the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. So with all these options and styles to choose from, which pizza place do you consider to be the best on your Island? We at IslandeGuide would love to know where you would recommend someone to find the best pizza.