Authentic Sicilian pizza, also known as sfincione, is a type of pizza that is typically rectangular in shape and has a thick, spongy crust. It is usually topped with onions, anchovies, tomatoes, herbs and strong cheese such as caciocavallo and toma. In some cases, it may not include cheese. The dough is made with a mixture of flour, water, yeast and olive oil that is left to rest and then pressed into a well-oiled square baking pan.
The topping is usually a sauce made with onions sautéed in olive oil, chopped anchovies, tomatoes and spices such as oregano and crushed red pepper. In the United States, what is known as Sicilian-style pizza has the same thick, square base but is usually covered with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. This trend began when soldiers returning from World War II who had been stationed in Italy began to cry out for the taste of pizza in New York, Boston and Detroit. Authentic Sicilian pizza is a delicious dish that has been enjoyed for centuries.
It is an excellent way to enjoy the flavors of Italy without having to travel there. Whether you choose to top it with cheese or not, it is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.