What is a white pizza or pizza bianca? How do you know if your local pizza shop offers a white pizza?  Is a white pizza sauce the same as a white pizza? These are the questions that come to mind when some says “I will have a white pizza tonight, thanks.”

What is white pizza or pizza bianca?

White pizza is becoming trendy these days as this pizza does not come with a traditional tomato pizza sauce.   The sauce on white pizza is missing! Yes, you heard correctly a white pizza will not come with sauce.  If you need a moist pizza base then a white pizza can come with an olive oil base.  The olive oil replaces the tomato pizza based red sauce and then white pizza toppings are added to the pizza.

Can a white pizza come with a creamy white sauce?

Yes, there are white pizzas that can come with a creamy white sauce and most pizza places will have these types of pizzas listed in there white pizza menu.  Technically, the pizzas with a white creamy sauce are not a traditional white pizza.

Can cheesy bread pizza be classed as white pizza or pizza bianca?

Cheesy bread pizzas are not white pizzas, they are found as garlic bread in a menu.  This is because the topping is usually butter, garlic and cheese.

What is a Traditional White Pizza?

A traditional white pizza will have the following ingredients – Pizza dough, usually three white cheese ( ricotta, shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese), olive oil and herb like oregano leaves.  The taste of a white pizza is a hybrid between a cheesy garlic bread and a margherita pizza.  My personal opinion is that white pizza leaves your belly feel lighter than eating several slices of a traditional margherita pizza.  If you are after a great white pizza recipe then check out the recipe from http://www.certifiedpastryaficionado.com/best-pizza-bianca-white-pizza/.

What toppings go on a white pizza?

We’ve just walked you through a traditional white pizza but like anything that tastes great there are variations.  White pizza toppings usually include the following:

  • White cheese
  • Seafood – Prawns / shrimp, scallops, or squid / calamari, clams
  • Bacon
  • Italian sausage
  • mushrooms
  • Truffle oil
  • heavy flavoured herbs like basil or oregano leaves
  • Pancetta

You’ll notice with the toppings of a white pizza that the individual ingredients have a strong taste or flavour.  This is because a white pizza has no sauce so the pizza needs these heavy flavoured foods to bring the pizza together.

For your next pizza order why not ditch the tomato based sauce and go natural or white.  You’d be quite surprised with the flavour of the pizza.