The history of fried pizza “Montanara“:
The Montanara fried pizza is one of symbols of Naples that reminds the classic iconography – known all over the world – of the Mount Vesuvius topping the sea bay.
Mount Vesuvius is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world because it was both the cause of Pompeii‘s destruction during the eruption in 79 A.D., and source of inspiration for Andy Warhol‘s paintings
Therefore, comparing the Montanara fried pizza and Mount Vesuvius:
- the flattened pizza dough dipped in boiling oil begins to swell getting a mountain shape (hence the name Montanara) and takes on a golden color, that reminds the sunlit slopes of Mount Vesuvius
- when it is cooked, the red tomato sauce on top represents the lava descending from Mount Vesuvius
- the grated Parmesan cheese is like the white ash during the volcanic eruptions.
- and finally a green leaf of fresh basil symbolizing the fertility of volcanic soil.