Who loves pizza? Pretty much everyone, right? In fact, it would be weird if someone didn't like pizza. Perhaps the only issue is how often you should love it. You might want a piece right now (or several pieces… or the whole thing). Crispy, golden brown, covered with lashings of sauce, your favourite toppings and mountains of cheese. OK, so as much as you love pizza, the human stomach has a limited capacity. While a few pieces of pizza are more than manageable, it might be nice to have a lighter option, giving you the chance to eat more without feeling as full as you might after gorging on traditional pizza. These alternative types of pizza might not offer you much in the way of reduced fat (because they still need toppings and cheese), but they manage to feel lighter while still being utterly delicious.
1. Pinsa Pizza
If you can find a restaurant that offers pinsa pizza, then you've found your new second home. This really is a dish to have at a restaurant since the dough is extremely time-consuming to produce and can be difficult to replicate at home. The dough is mixed at an extremely leisurely pace. In addition to wheat flour, the dough also contains soy and rice flour, all mixed very slowly to allow it to absorb a lot of water. The end result is a pizza crust unlike any other, full of flavour without feeling too heavy.
2. Flammkuchen/Tarte Flambée
Whether you call it flammkuchen or tarte flambée depends on whether the restaurant's inspiration came from Germany or France (even though the end result is essentially the same). Originating in the Alsace region of France (which borders Germany), this type of pizza was the result of locals testing the temperature of their wood-fired oven, making sure it was the ideal temperature for bread. A very thin piece of bread mix would be placed in the oven and when it blackened slightly, the oven was ready. But hey, why waste food? Toppings were added to the cooked, thin bread mix, and the flammkuchen/tarte flambée was born. Its thin base means that toppings are generally minimal, and it's traditionally served with onions, crème fraîche and lardons. Add mushrooms for some French flair, or add some chopped leeks to make it more German.
3. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This is a lighter option that you might have tried at home. Again, there can be some effort involved to perfect the recipe, so it's something you might want to keep an eye out for at your local pizza restaurant. A raw head of cauliflower is pulsed into tiny pieces using a food processor. It's then steamed and thoroughly dried before parmesan, dried oregano, eggs and salt are added to make a dough-like substance. It's then baked until crispy before sauce, toppings and cheese are added. Then back into the oven and it's ready.
As much as you would love to eat pizza all day, everyday, this might not be the best option. But still, with these lighter options, you can still munch on rather a lot of pizza without feeling too full. Depending on the restaurant you go to, you can enjoy all sorts of delicious foods.