Difference between Pizza and Pinsa Romana

A Unique Product Made with special mix of flours and a long maturation.

Pinsa is the Ancient Roman Pizza. A lighter, healthier version of our beloved authentic Italian Pizza. This mouthwatering Pinsa is characterized by a crunchy outside with a soft inside, artisan hand-stretched oval shape. Pinsa dose not contain additives, preservatives, saturated fats. It’s Low Gluten content, Vegan, Organic, No GMO.

Pinsa’s nutritional and high digestibility properties are two elements that really make the difference.
72 hour dough maturation process,  more digestible, low calorie, low fat an low gluten content compared to classic pizza dough.

Roman Style  Pizza: origins and evolution

What we could more correctly call “modern Roman Pinsa" is a reinterpretation of an ancient recipe that dates back to the time of Ancient Rome, reworked thanks to today’s ingredients and processing techniques.

The recipe as an original idea takes shape from an ancient product that came from the peasant populations outside the walls, who thanks to the grinding of cereals (millet, barley and spelled) and with the addition of salt and aromatic herbs, they cooked these schiacciatine or focaccia .

The term Pinsa derives precisely from the Latin Pinsere: stretch-crush. This classic recipe over the centuries has undergone several reinterpretations, up to the present day.

The main features of the Roman Pinsa are:

  1. The oval shape
  2. Friability (crisp on the edges and soft on the inside)
  3. Digestibility (thanks to different leavening-ripening techniques)
  4. The use of a Special Blend of flours: wheat, rice, soy and sourdough
  5. Fragrance (due to the ripening hours and the use of sourdough).

The intuition and the birth of the Pinsa is dictated by the experience and great passion for baking of the Expert Pizzaiolo Angelo Iezzi, who was the first to revolutionize the production techniques of the dough and to develop, along with of Molino Iaquone, this Incredible product inspired to the ancient roman Recipe.

With  the offer of new flours and cereals, from wheat to kamut, but also barley, spelled and millet, and the addition of wild aromatic herbs, pinsa changed many time its recipe during the history until was perfected in modern times with the use of wheat, soy and rice flours. Compared with the classic pizza dough, the pinsa needs a different amount of water, and a lower percentage of yeast. The result is a more digestible and less caloric preparation.

The recipe of the Roman pinsa: it all starts with the choice of the Mix of Flours. As already indicated, over the centuries the pinsa has been the subject of a series of reinterpretations;  however, this has always been done with great respect for the original recipe.

The secret lays in the flour: we use Molino Iaquone because was the first great Italian industrial mill to research and create a special mix of professional flours for pinsa, the authentic Roman Pizza.
High quality mix of flours for Pinsa Romana must contain:
𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙩: Type 0 soft wheat.
𝙎𝙤𝙮 Helps to fix the dough by giving it friability
𝙍𝙞𝙘𝙚: In cooking, it retains water and gives lightness.
𝘿𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝: It gives a high digestibility to the product, contributing to the leavening and maturation process of the dough.

Peculiarities of the Roman Pinsa Dough The easy digestibility of the pinsa, but also its friability and fragrance (try to bite it and you will notice how to an external crisp corresponds a surprising internal softness), depend from the long leavening (minimum 48 hours), the high hydration of the dough (minimum 80% water), the mix of flours, the presence of mother yeast, the absence of animal fat and the limited amount of EVO oil. In addition, the dough is worked in a completely different way from pizza, giving rise to a unique product. The softness inside the crust is mainly the result of rice flour.

Pinsa Versatility Products. You will only have to preheat the oven (in static mode at 250 °) and proceed with the seasoning of the pinsa, based exclusively on extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt and rosemary. You will only have to preheat the oven (in static mode at 250 °) and proceed with the seasoning of the pinsa, based exclusively on extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt and rosemary. Obviously nothing prevents you from bringing a richer pinsa to the table, perhaps by proposing a gluten-free pinsa, or by adding cherry tomatoes and slices of buffalo mozzarella at the end of cooking. Furthermore, you can opt for the classic Marghertita with mozzarella and tomato sauce, broccoli and sausage, tuna, onions and beans, there are hundreds of recipies and creative ways to dress a pinsa crust.

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