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Spicing Up the American Experience


Italian foreign exchange student, Beatrice Carniato, teaches us about real Italian food

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around 2.2 lbs of flour,
One pack of active yeast
water, as much as you need (always add it slowly, to make sure you don’t add too much)
a teaspoon of sugar
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of salt
2 cans tomato sauce (enough to cover the dough)
Enough mozzarella to completely cover the pizza


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Put the yeast in a bowl with two cups of hot water and mix until completely dissolved.
3. In a bigger bowl, mix the flour, olive oil, salt and sugar.
4. Add a little bit of the yeast water into the dry mixture, then mix it with a spoon. When there’s no more water in the flour,  add some more of the yeast. Keep slowly mixing until you have no more yeast water.
5. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, making sure no air can go inside, and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
6. Place the dough on a tray sprinkled with flour and roll it out with a rolling pin.
7. Start spreading the tomato sauce all over the dough. After, drizzle the pizza with olive oil and mix it through the tomato sauce.
8. Add the mozzarella, chopped up into little cubes.
9. Add your favorite toppings. If adding french fries and bratwurst, cook them before placing them on the pizza.
10. After decorating and customizing your pizza, place in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Take out of the oven when it looks golden brown. Check the lower side of the dough to make sure that it’s fully cooked. [/cbtab][cbtab title=”About Bea”][dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]riginating from the roman empire, Italian cuisine has been influenced and evolved throughout the centuries. Foreign exchange student, Beatrice Carniato, from Treviso, Italy brings a more traditional taste to American pizza. “American-Italian food is fattier and full of oils. Plus the ingredients [Americans] use are different, so the taste is obviously different [from traditional Italian food], “ said Carniato. Other than her friends and family, Carniato misses the italian food. “I don’t exactly miss only one thing since I like everything, maybe Tiramisu and real pizza,” said Carniato. Carniato learned how to make her traditional pizza from her dad when she was in elementary school.

“My dad taught me how to make the pizza, like when I was a kid. It’s something that I learned how to do from my family, not a professional,” said Carniato.

The pizza she made has french fries as a topping. “French fries are a traditional topping; it’s how I learned to make pizza,” she said. [/cbtab][/cbtabs]

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