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Offline 9slicePie

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Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« on: June 22, 2022, 02:22:13 PM »
Placing the pizza on the cooling rack is done to prevent the undercrust from becoming soggy from the steam, correct?

But is this practice necessary for this style of pizza?  As far as I know, in Italy, Neapolitan pizzas are eaten with a knife and fork (assuming because of the floppiness/sogginess?).  In fact, the round pizza is even FOLDED* twice at times and eaten like that.

In addition, in essentially all of the videos I've seen of Neapolitan pizzas being taken out of the ovens in Italy, the pizzas are placed directly on a plate/serving tray; not on a cooling rack.


I know, I know: it's preference......    But to stay true to "true" Neapolitan fashion, I'm guessing it would be safe to say that a cooling rack shouldn't be used?


*Not a "NY-fold"
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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2022, 02:47:56 PM »
You make it how you like it. You are correct that in Naples, pies are not put on a cooling rack, but straight to a serving plate. Doesnít matter if itís cut or not, but IIRC you usually get it whole with a knife and fork.

The main characteristic of a neapolitan is that itís cooked fast, which means it wonít get crispy. If you dig in right away (as one should), the crust may have some crispiness, but not the bottom.
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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2022, 03:24:10 PM »
The best moment a Neapolitan pizza ever has is when it's cooled just enough that it doesn't burn the skin off the top of your mouth, and it's all downhill from there.

IMO, using a cooling rack for NP would be devastating to quality. Serve immediately!
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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2022, 03:51:29 PM »
I use a cooling rack but may stop. I think the cooling rack however is desirable for the ones I plan on freezing. Just a few seconds on the cooling rack may however be a good thing. So cool for 10-40 sec and then cut/serve immediately.

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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2022, 04:19:27 PM »
Just slice and serve immediately. If I recall correctly, it must be served within 6 minutes to qualify as a Neapolitan pizza.
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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2022, 05:57:00 AM »
that's this thing with neo pies
you have to eat within a certain window of time, like any other pizza if you eat too early all you taste is hot cheese sticking in your teeth and tongue

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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2022, 08:44:05 AM »
Skip the rack. Not needed.  Ok call me a pizza nerd, but if Iím in a pizzeria with a wood oven,  I try to sit as close to oven as possible. Same with Chinese restaurant, sit close to the kitchen!

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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2022, 01:00:13 PM »
that's this thing with neo pies
you have to eat within a certain window of time, like any other pizza if you eat too early all you taste is hot cheese sticking in your teeth and tongue
Itís not like any other pizza. A neapolitan is cooked so fast that the sauce and all the toppings doesnít have time to get really hot. Itís not lukewarm, but not as hot as a pie baked for a longer time. I cook, cut and eat a neapolitan immediately without burning myself.

The sparse amount of sauce and toppings also means there is less water to store heat. In a pan pizza you got a lot more stuff on, where the bottom, toppings and cheese function as insulation for the sauce, keeping it hot for longer. The thin bottom on the neapolitan also doesnít do a very good job as insulator. If put on a room tempered plate, it will lead the heat away.
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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2022, 10:06:49 PM »
Skip the rack. Not needed.  Ok call me a pizza nerd, but if Iím in a pizzeria with a wood oven,  I try to sit as close to oven as possible. Same with Chinese restaurant, sit close to the kitchen!

I notice vito iacopelli used a cooling rack at his restaurant and he was not the only one. Lost of places do

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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 10:27:41 AM »
I notice vito iacopelli used a cooling rack at his restaurant and he was not the only one. Lost of places do


He did because he wanted to. I just donít think it is needed.  Btw I love watching his videos and look forward to them each week. He is a passionate guy about pizza and is attempting to make a living via pizza in a new way and you have to give him credit for that, even if you donít like his videos, methods or pizza.

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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 11:04:27 AM »

He did because he wanted to. I just donít think it is needed.  Btw I love watching his videos and look forward to them each week. He is a passionate guy about pizza and is attempting to make a living via pizza in a new way and you have to give him credit for that, even if you donít like his videos, methods or pizza.

Agreed.  Some people may not like him all that much, but one can still pick up a few pointers here and there from his videos.  Plus, they're kind of entertaining to watch.  And a big reason to watch his videos is to hear him say, "soft and CROWNSHY" !!!  ;D :P

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Re: Do you guys use a cooling rack for Neapolitan pizzas?
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 01:41:33 PM »
I notice vito iacopelli used a cooling rack at his restaurant and he was not the only one. Lost of places do

Some places even deliver, ridiculous.

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