For those of us who are not pizza junkies, there seems to be a term that many people mention that we are not familiar with. Sure, we’ve heard of cheese, pepperoni, and meat lovers. After all, we don’t live under a rock. But “Quattro Formaggi” is frequently used in the world of pizza that isn’t as well known. Luckily your friends at the best Italian restaurant in the North End can help you understand this delicious pie.
The Roots of Quattro Formaggi
Quattro Formaggi Pizza is believed to be created in Italy’s Lazio region in the early 18th century. This pizza isn’t a newcomer, and it’s been around for quite some time. It does not receive as much praise as it’s Neapolitan counterpart but is still an excellent addition to the table during a night out. Anyways, let’s get to the pizza. Quattro Formaggi means “four cheese” in Italian. Can you take a guess how many cheeses are on this pizza? The cheeses can vary depending on the restaurant’s recipe. However, a specific cheese should be on every Quattro Formaggi Pizza, and that is mozzarella. Mozzarella should be on every pie of this variety because it contains humidity within the pie and protects the other three kinds of cheese from the intense heat of a brick oven. The mozzarella acts as a shield, in a way.
The Pie Itself
This wouldn’t be much of an educational blog if we did not fully explain the Quattro Formaggi pie itself. Other than the mozzarella, three typical kinds of cheese paired into the pie are; gorgonzola, fontina, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. These four kinds of cheese work well together and create the crux of the recipe. Depending on the restaurant’s style, your table’s Quattro Formaggi pizza will either have sauce on it or will be white. The star of the show is not the sauce, keep in mind, for it’s the difference of the four kinds of cheese that should be the dominant flavor in your mouth.
Our Quattro Formaggi
We are calling all cheese lovers! Quattro Ristorante makes an amazing Quattro Formaggi pie. We opt for the white version or “Blanca,” which features no tomato sauce on the pie. We let the cheese handle your tastebuds and take you on the journey. If you’re looking for some of the best pizza in the north end of Boston, you’ve come to the right place.