Everything you need to know about Pinsa

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By Prezzo Team, 10 May 2024

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What is pinsa?
Pinsa is a culinary masterpiece that comes from ancient Rome and is a pizza-like dish with a history as rich as its flavour. Our pinsa dough is proofed long and slow, as it is for all of pizzas, but instead of being hand stretched, it is hand pushed, which results in a light, airy texture complete with a uniquely crispy crust. Pinsa is then topped with an array of delicious ingredients, and offers a variety of flavours and textures to tantalise the taste buds. 

What sets our pinsa apart is its artisanal preparation that gives a modern twist to a timeless classic. At Prezzo, we elevate the pinsa experience with our attention to every tasty detail, sourcing only the highest quality ingredients and perfecting “every inch” of our dish.
Why is it called Pinsa?
It sounds similar to pizza, right? Well, that’s not exactly where the name derives. The name "pinsa" actually comes from the Latin word "pinsere," meaning "to press". This perfectly describes the preparation process of pinsa as the dough is gently pressed into shape, creating its stand-out rectangle shape. 

With its roots being traced back all the way to ancient Roman times, pinsa has evolved with time, yet its name pays homage to its traditional method of creation. We honour the rich heritage of this dish by preserving its essence while infusing it with our own modern touch, ensuring each bite is a nod to the past and a celebration of the now.



When was Pinsa invented?
As stated previously, pinsa's origins go all the way back to ancient Rome, where it was enjoyed as a staple food. Historians actually believe that pinsa was a precursor to the modern pizza that we know and love today. However, only in recent years has pinsa experienced a revival, with chefs exploring and dishing up its ancient recipe. 


Pinsa and Pizza: Differences
So, what is the difference between pinsa and pizza? Well, both are beloved Italian dishes that offer distinct culinary experiences - but the differences are quite significant.

Pizza usually features a round, thin crust made from wheat flour - which gives it its chewy texture and pizza toppings are varied, ranging from classic tomato sauce and mozzarella to creative combinations of meats, vegetables, and cheeses. In strong contrast, our pinsa is a rectangle-shaped base with a lighter, airier crust. Pinsa toppings are carefully curated to complement the delicate flavour and texture of the pinsa dough. Essentially, while pinsa and pizza may share similarities in appearance, they each offer a distinct culinary experience rooted in tradition and craftsmanship.


The Making of Pinsa Bread/Dough 
It is pinsa bread that sets it apart from modern day pizza. Unlike traditional pizza dough, pinsa dough undergoes a lengthy fermentation process which contributes to its flavour profile and delicate crispiness.


The Making of Pinsa Base
The base of our pinsa is characterised by its rectangle shape that provides a base for culinary creativity. Its lighter texture allows for a crispy yet airy crust which ensures the perfect foundation for a dish of flavours. The base is carefully pressed which promises an even distribution of pinsa toppings and a consistent bake. This elevates the pinsa experience and creates a harmonious balance between crust and toppings.



The Selection of Pinsa Toppings
Pinsa toppings are a celebration of bold flavours, from classic combinations to innovative pairings - showcasing the diversity of Italian cuisine. Each ingredient is thoughtfully selected and arranged, creating a visual and gastronomic feast for the senses.

Whether it's traditional Chicken and Roasted Pepper or a contemporary combination of Mushroom, Burrata and Truffle, the toppings are the crowning glory of this ancient dish, inviting diners on a culinary journey through Italy's rich culinary landscape.


Benefits of Pinsa
Interested in Italian dining with a throwback twist? Choosing pinsa as opposed to traditional pizza comes with a variety of benefits. With its lighter texture and artisanal toppings, our pinsa provides a satisfying yet guilt-free indulgence that celebrates the rich culinary heritage of Italy.


Every Inch Perfect
Every inch of your dish is perfect at Prezzo! We're not just about serving food, we're about creating a flavourful feast to tickle your taste buds. Our new and improved menu is a testament to our obsession with pizza perfection and Italian culinary creativity.

From tantalising toppings on our classic pizzas to the new mouthwatering pinsa, each item on our revamped menu is a love letter to quality and authenticity. So grab the whole gang and join us on a flavour-packed adventure as we shake up Italian dining, one scrumptious and perfect bite at a time.

Whether you're craving classic favourites like pizza and calzones or feeling adventurous and eager to try an authentic pinsa, our dedication to quality pizza and Italian cuisine guarantees satisfaction for your taste buds.

So come on over and let your taste buds dance with delight! 

Reserve your table now and get ready to indulge in the mouth-watering delights of our new menu at Prezzo.


Our pinsa dough is proofed long and slow, as it is for all of pizzas, but instead of being hand stretched, it is hand pushed