In the heart of Italian cuisine, calzones hold a special place. These delectable turnovers are like a portable pizza, consisting of a medley of savory fillings within a golden-brown, crispy crust. Calzones offer a delightful culinary adventure, whether you’re a fan of traditional Italian flavors or enjoy experimenting with creative combinations. That’s why this month, one of your favorite restaurants, Soprano’s Pizza, is diving into the world of calzones, exploring their history and what makes them so great!
A Brief History
Calzones have a rich history that dates back centuries. Originating in Naples, Italy, they were initially created as a convenient and portable meal for workers. The term “calzone” itself translates to “trouser” or “stocking” in Italian. This refers to the folded shape that resembles folded pants. Over time, calzones evolved, and various regions in Italy developed their own unique versions!
The Art of Calzone-Making
The beauty of a calzone lies in its simplicity. The dough, typically made from flour, yeast, water, and salt, is rolled out and folded over the filling. It’s then sealed, creating a pocket to put the fillings in. The traditional filling comprises ingredients like Italian cheeses, cured meats such as salami or pepperoni, vegetables, and herbs. However, the options are endless, allowing for personalization and creativity.
Just as pizza varies from region to region in Italy, so do calzones. The ‘nduja calzone in Calabria showcases the region’s famous spicy spreadable salami. In Naples, the birthplace of the calzone, you’ll find classics like the calzone napoletano with tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, and ham. In Sicily, the calzone di cipolle is a savory delight filled with onions, olives, and cheese. Exploring regional variations is like embarking on a culinary tour of Italy itself!
While traditional calzones are undeniably delightful, modern interpretations have expanded over time. Innovative fillings like barbecue chicken, spinach, and feta, or even dessert calzones with Nutella and fruit offer a creative twist on this Italian classic. The versatility of the calzone allows for endless experimentation, catering to various dietary preferences and tastebuds.
Visit One of Your Favorite Restaurants, Soprano’s!
Whether you’re experimenting with your own calzone creations at home or stopping at Soprano’s for one of our handmade calzones, there’s no denying your tastebuds will be satisfied. If we’ve sparked your cravings by the end of this blog, we encourage you to check out our online menu to view all of our delicious food options! We look forward to seeing you!