Today is March 14th and the math nerds amongst us will know the significance of that: 3-14 is Pi Day!
To celebrate this annual event, I am making pie for dinner. I make a pretty lousy pie (still) and so I’m making Pizza Pie. Do you not know what I’m talking about? Maybe you’re not from New York or you’ve never heard Dean Martin sing “When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s Amore …” ?
According to this article Why is Pizza called Pie? “Pizza was first called pie when Italian immigrants arrived in the United States in the late 1800s. Pizza had similarities to a pie – with a crust, sliced triangle portions and its circular shape. Italian-Americans sold and popularized the pizzas, and the exotic dish picked up the English name “tomato pie”. Sometime thereafter the languages met in the middle to give us the term “pizza pie”.”
I’ve never heard of tomato pie and truth be told, here in Canada we call pizza pizza. That’s a well known chain in Toronto by the way. As is Pizza Nova, Pizza Hut, Pizzaville and Domino’s Pizza. Oddly enough, we do NOT have chain called Canadian 2for1 Pizza, which was very popular in Singapore. I’m not sure where that brand came from, but when I did order pizza in Singapore, I’d order there for patriotic reasons.
Canadian pizza is pretty much the same as US pizza. We like them thin crust, thick crust or stuffed and topped with cheese, mushrooms, veggies, pepperoni, peppers, etc. In Montreal you can order them ‘All Dressed.’ Everywhere else, we order ‘Deluxe’ to mean tomato sauce, mushrooms, pepperoni, green bell peppers and cheese.
To be honest, I prefer to make my own pizza. I like it thick crust, no sauce, fresh veggies, no meat and light on the cheese. Lately, I’ve been making this pan pizza from King Arthurs Flour, which was their 2020 Recipe of the Year. I make it exactly as written. Except for the no sauce, fresh veggies, no meat and light on the cheese 🙂
Happy Pi Day !