“Roman Pizza in Teglia or Roman Pan Pizza is a roman cuisine gastronomic product. Once being cooked in the classic baking tray, the product is laid on the pizza by the slice counters or street food counters in order to sell slices of pizza.”...Roman Pan Pizza History
Pizza in Teglia was not a term I was familiar with,
but it reminds me of the pizza that a friend use to make.
A family from Italy moved into our neighbourhood when I was around 14 or 15.
The oldest child “Anna” and I were the same age.
She had two younger brothers and both parents worked.
It was her job, when she got home from school, to look after her brothers and to get dinner started.
This pizza reminds of the pizza that she would make to serve as the bread
that accompanied their dinner most nights.
It was made in a pan and cut into squares and had very little in the way of toppings.
Mostly a homemade sauce and maybe a little Parmesan.
I don’t remember much in the way of other toppings,
except maybe a few slices of their homemade sausage that was preserved in oil.
I loved going to her house because it was so different from mine.
Her house had all these wonderful smells of garlic and herbs
and her father and her uncles had wine fermenting in their basement.
I learned to make my first pizzas from Anna.
No measurements, just adding this much flour to a bowl,
with this much yeast and this much salt and oil
and enough water until it felt right.
(Which is pretty much the way I make bread now.)
Years later , Moe and I use to go to a town just north of Toronto
to have Sunday brunch at an Italian banquette hall.
And they had two or three versions of this pan style pizza on the buffet.
It always reminded me of Anna’s.
Now I know it actually has a name.
Early Saturday morning I started a batch of dough
and after the last stretch and fold it went into the fridge.
Matt took it out of the fridge around 3:00 PM
so that it would be ready to use after
I got in from work.
Normally when I make pizza, the dough is given a day or two,
or even three in the fridge for a long cold
This batch was only in the fridge for six hours.
I made a 1000g batch of dough.
Enough for three 600g pizzas.
Baked two and put 1/3rd of the dough in
the fridge and it will get baked later today
a smear of of pizza sauce and just a small
amount of fresh grated Parmesan and Mozzarella.
Thin sliced red onions and a little more
oregano and some hot red pepper flakes.
Even though the dough was only given a six hour
Moe and I shared a three in one Pizza.
1/3rd Pepperoni and olives
1/3 roasted tomatoes and pesto
The dough for this recipe wasn’t much different than
Pizza in Teglia Dough Recipe