Pizza is delicious and completely customizable. By changing up the toppings, you can get a unique flavor each time you order a pie. One ingredient that can really transform the flavor is the cheese. Here are a few options to consider for your next pie.
A Guide to Pizza Cheeses
Mozzarella is the most common type of pizza cheese. It has a creamy texture and a light flavor that doesn’t compete with the other toppings. From a Margherita slice to a complex specialty pie, this cheese is a tasty addition that works on its own or as a base. A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that mozzarella bubbles, melts, and browns better than any other type of cheese.
Cheddar has a sharp flavor that complements certain toppings. It’s often sprinkled on top of the thicker mozzarella layer before the pie is placed in the oven. This allows it to melt on the pie without overwhelming the taste. Cheddar doesn’t blister easily, but it does have a lower moisture content than mozzarella, which is why it’s still wise to use the traditional choice as your base. This cheese works well with toppings, such as chicken, broccoli, bacon, and beef.
This cheese is usually added as a garnish after the pizza has been baked, as cooking it at a high temperature can ruin its flavor. Parmesan doesn’t have a strong taste on its own—just a slight fruitiness and nuttiness—and will bring out the flavor of the other toppings. This artisan cheese hails from Italy and is unique because it comes from cows that graze on grass and hay exclusively. It works especially well grated onto Hawaiian, Margherita, and meat pizzas.
If you want to try delicious pizzas with the above cheeses, visit Emilio’s of Morris Park in the Bronx, NY. This restaurant is open seven days a week and uses the best quality ingredients. Text “Emilios” to 33733 to download their free ordering app. Check out their menu online, or call (718) 822-6758 to speak to a member of their team.