From crispy artisan sourdough pizzas topped with cured meats to innovative bases developed for any food intolerance and taste - pizza has had somewhat of a revival since its humble beginnings in the late 19th century.
Here's our round-up of magnificent modern-day pizzas that have undergone a 21st century makeover...
The street food version
Street food is growing in popularity with bustling markets popping up in every town and restaurants even dedicating entire menus to street food favourites like tacos and bao buns. Calzone was originally devised as something easy to eat while walking along as it's encased in a dough outer shell - a bit like our version of a pasty. Our on trend calzone recipe uses our readymade pizza base and is stuffed with chunky Mediterranean veg, mozzarella and a dusting of Parmesan. We've also paired it with chunky sweet potato wedges and a tasty chive dip.
The gluten-free pizza
According to Coeliac UK, the disease affects at least 1 in 100 people in the United Kingdom and Europe. So whether you're one of those hundred, or simply prefer a gluten-free diet, you can still enjoy pizza. In this recipe, our pizza base has been made out of potatoes rather than flour so the whole family can tuck in and enjoy the feast.
The sourdough pizza
Artisan pizzerias are leading the way on the restaurant scene with many independent and chain restaurants like Franco Manca opting for a sourdough base. It gives the dough more taste (making it great for dipping in oil and vinegar) and even has a slightly chewy texture. But you don't have to eat out to enjoy sourdough. You can make your own creation at home with our recipe. You need to start by making a sourdough starter, by mixing 200g strong bread flour with 200ml lukewarm water until smooth. Then leave your dough in a non-metallic bowl or a jar, uncovered, overnight. The next day, mix 100g more strong bread flour and 100ml warm water into the mixture. Then leave overnight, uncovered, and repeat the process for 2-3 more days until the mixture is bubbly and ready to use. This trendy pizza is a labour of love, but it sure is worth it!
The time-saver option
With our busy, time-poor modern day lives, having a quick dinner option is something we all need. Our Extra Special range of pizzas means you're guaranteed speed and ease with a delicious, authentic Italian taste. Each and every pizza is hand-stretched with a proper crust. We top the semolina-dusted base with only the best ingredients, giving you a slice of pure indulgence. Why not try our Extra Special Buffalo Mozzarella & SunBlush Tomato Pizza for something simple, or treat yourself to our Extra Special Chicken & Basil Pesto Pizza if you're in the mood for something meaty. Serve with a peppery rocket and tomato salad and dinner is ready in minutes!
The use-it-all-up pizza
Using up all the food we buy is something we're all very in tune with nowadays as we try and reduce our food waste. And this pizza is a great way of using up whatever you have in the fridge. If you've got an open jar of pasta sauce, use it as the base. Got a couple of sausages that won't stretch to a full family meal? Think again. The meat can be rolled into balls and fried off before topping your pizza. Any ends of cheese? Throw them on as well. The only thing you need to invest in is our Pizza Mix. Simples.
The Mac and cheese pizza
Macaroni and cheese is having a serious moment in the food world. The gooey, super indulgent comfort food has taken pride of place on many restaurant menus and has adorned many a magazine cover over the recent months. And let us be the first to tell you that the delicious creation also tastes heavenly as a pizza topping. We've combined the two to create our own pizza de resistance - the mac and cheese pizza. No knives and forks are required, just hungry bellies and a 21st century palate.