Set your taste buds on fire with delectable diavolo pizza. The hot and spicy flavours are not for the faint of heart, but once you take a bite of this crispy, cheesy pizza you’ll never look back.
From Greece to modern-day Singapore
Flatbreads have been eaten across the globe for centuries. There is evidence that the Ancient Greeks baked flatbreads with toppings as far back as 934 BC. However, the pizza as we know it today was perfected in Italian cuisine. Chefs in Naples first began baking their pizzas with a simple topping of tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil. However, as international flavours became more prevalent, toppings became more extravagant. The fiery diavolo pizza is undoubtedly an Italian dish, however; there are clear influences from Portugal and South America in the flavour profile.
This pizza is also known as pizza alla diavola, which roughly translates to evil-style pizza. It gained this name due to the intense spice and flavour explosion you experience when you take a bite. Sadly, no one knows who the first person was to add slices of spicy salami to a pizza.
How these tasty pizzas are made
The diavolo pizza is made in a similar way to a traditional Neapolitan pizza. A dough made from flour, yeast, water and salt is kneaded into a ball before being stretched into a thin base. The base is then covered with tomato sauce, mozzarella and spicy salami before being baked in a wood-fired oven. Once the pizza is removed from the oven it’s drizzled with olive oil before being served. This pizza is best enjoyed straight from the oven when the cheese is melted and bubbling slightly.
To complement the intensely rich flavour of the pizza, order a glass of crisp white wine on the side. However, a cold glass of beer will also provide an interesting contrasting flavour when you eat this pizza. If you would like something fresh on the side, a zesty rocket salad is the perfect option.
The desirable chilli warmth
Although the flavours of this pizza are quite intense, some people find that the addition of chilli flakes takes the flavour of this pizza to the next level. Although it’s best to enjoy this pizza as soon as possible, you could also order it as a takeout to enjoy at home. However, you need to reheat it in a low-temperature oven to preserve the flavour.
There are numerous different restaurants throughout Singapore that offer the opportunity to try a slice of diavolo pizza. We recommend that you visit Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar or Proofer Bakery & Pizza for the very best pizza experience.