Science Explains Why You're Obsessed With Pizza

  • By creekmoremarketing
  • 29 Nov, 2015

Just about everyone loves pizza! The hot, melted cheese, over delectable sauce and mouth-watering dough is simply amazing. No matter what toppings you add, there is a combination for everyone and pizza is the food you crave when you need to satisfy your hunger. You may just think it’s the texture, and it is or you may think it’s the flavor, and it is. But there is also another reason why pizza is just so darn good. According to the featured segment, “the scientific reason why you’re so obsessed with pizza” on the YouTube channel by the American Chemical Society it is really is no mystery why you love pizza. Not only does it have a fantastic taste and texture, it also is has a chemical reaction that is sure to please.

Mouthwatering Dough

Pizza is made from dough. Most dough is made from 4 ingredients: yeast, flour, warm water and salt. When you mix those four ingredients together, the dough begins to release carbon dioxide and it begins to rise. Dough is tossed or kneaded and then rolled into a circle. It may be a deep-dish pizza with extra dough or a thin crust pizza. Either way, it’s the dough that makes the pizza special.

Specialty Sauces

There are a variety of different sauces for pizza. We use special sauce recipes for a authentic pizza taste. Not every sauce is red in color but they are almost all derived from tomatoes. Some people have a hard time digesting pizza because of the acid content. Pizza sauce is very acidic. This contributes to the chemical reaction that made you fall in love with pizza.

Mozzarella Cheese

Cheese is made from casein and whey plus fat. Rennin is usually added in mozzarella cheese to keep it from falling apart. Mozzarella cheese is a freshly made cheese that is soft and has a great texture. When it is heated the fat melts while the calcium ions in the cheese hold the casein together. This gives the cheese on your pizza a texture that is out of this world.

Mix It All Together

No matter what else you add to your pizza or if you just stop there, our brick ovens cook pizza to perfection. During the process of baking your pizza, the Maillard Reaction occurs. This is sometimes referred to as the browning reaction. This is where the dough and cheese begins to brown. Each ingredient in the pizza mixes together to release some delicious compounds. It may sound like a lot of chemistry but all you really need to know is that it’s ok to be obsessed with Pizza. At Brick Oven Pizzeria, we’ll keep you satisfied with our authentic and time-tested pizza recipes. Enjoy the extra care we take in choosing ingredients and we make sure they are combined and baked to perfection.

By Matthew Clark 27 May, 2016

A favorite childhood memory for most people is eating endless amounts of pizza at birthday parties or school events. As an adult, those same people probably think twice about eating pizza because of the misconception that it is really unhealthy for you. Luckily, pizza does offer some health benefits , so we can all enjoy a pizza slice or two, while reminiscing about our favorite pizza memories from our childhood! Here are just five reasons why pizza is good for you:

  1. Helps Fight Cancer – That’s right, pizza helps fight cancer! The tomato sauce found on most pizzas contains Lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and heart disease. Additionally, lycopene has anti-inflammatory benefits, too. Lycopene is responsible for giving a red color to fruits and vegetables. When these fruits and vegetables are cooked, the lycopene is transformed into a form that is easily absorbed by the body.
  2. Boosts your Immune System – In addition to containing Lycopene, the tomato sauce is packed with Vitamin C, too.  Vitamin C has many benefits, which include illness protection, immune system deficiency fortification and cardiovascular disease prevention.   Also, adding oregano to your pizza can help boost your immune system, thanks to the active ingredient carvacrol. Carvacrol balances blood sugar and helps protect the liver.
  3. Packed with Nutritious Ingredien ts While it is easy to make a pizza unhealthy with poor topping choices, like extra cheese, sausage, or thick crust, there are ways to ensure your pizza has nutritious ingredients. Cheese has high amounts of calcium that supports bones, teeth and muscle contractions. Just be sure to avoid going overboard on the amount of cheese on your pizza. For toppings, opt for healthier options, such as peppers, lean meats, garlic or pineapple. For the pizza crust, choose a thin whole grain option, which will help you feel fuller and reduce any blood sugar spikes that are experienced with the typical white crusts.
  4. Covers all Food Groups – When you combine the crust, the tomato sauce, and the numerous types of toppings, one slice of pizza can contain an item from all five food groups. Cheese fulfills the dairy requirement. The fruit group is covered by pineapples or tomatoes.   Vegetable group options include peppers, onions or spinach. Any varieties of meat options, like ham, sausage, or chicken, cover the meat group requirement. Finally, the crust takes care of the grain requirement. In one quick bite, all five groups are covered!
  5. Infinite Topping Combinations – Pizza is easily one of the most versatile foods that money can buy.   Not only are there numerous different ingredients available to try, there are also many different types of sauces, crusts, or spices. Pizza gives you the luxury of trying a well-known, and well-liked, pizza topping combination, like a Hawaiian pizza, or you can be adventurous and create your own tasty combination of sauces, spices, and toppings.

These five reasons just touch the surface for why pizza is good for you. There are many other good reasons, as well. Brick Oven Pizzeria offers many different varieties of toppings, sauces, spices and crusts to try on your next brick oven pizza in Lexington. If you are feeling adventurous, try one of our specialty pizzas, like the Highway 68 pizza or the Hot Brown pizza.  We also have the popular build your own pizza option! Stop in or order a pizza today from your new favorite Lexington pizza place, Brick Oven Pizzeria!

By Matthew Clark 26 Apr, 2016

What is the best part about pizza? Everything – but especially the toppings! Pizza is so versatile that you never have to have the same pizza topping twice.  With so many topping options available, the possibilities are endless. In fact, it can be difficult to narrow down the options and pick the best one for your pizza. Luckily, the Brick Oven Pizzeria in Lexington, KY has figured out the Top 10 Pizza Toppings to help you decide.

  1. Topping the list is none other than pepperoni. This classic pizza topping is a great decision to add just the right amount of meat and spices to any pizza.
  2. Mushrooms come in as a close second. This tasty topping takes your pizza to the next level with the subtle, earthy flavor.
  3. Yellow and red onions are a popular choice for any pizza because they release natural juices to add a delicate sweet taste.
  4. For all the meat lovers, sausage is a great choice. Not only does sausage add a hearty meat taste, it also adds extra spices and flavor.
  5. Another favorite meat topping is bacon.  Whether you like your bacon in crumbles, in chunks, or in strips, it is sure to take your pizza flavor up a notch.
  6. For a more traditional pizza, you cannot go wrong with extra cheese.   While some might consider, extra cheese a boring topping, it can be the perfect choice on a handmade brick oven pizza.
  7. Black olives can transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean Sea with one bite. This topping adds a tangy, juicy flavor to any pizza.
  8. When you are looking to add a crunch to your pizza, look no further than green peppers.   Green peppers provide a crisp crunch that pairs perfectly on any delicious pizza.
  9. If you are looking for a more adventurous topping, try pineapple. Fresh pineapples take you straight to the Hawaiian shores with their sweet and syrupy taste. Take the toppings one step further by pairing them with ham for the perfect Hawaiian pizza.
  10. Rounding out the bottom of the list is spinach. While you might not think of adding spinach to your pizza, it is a great way to add fresh greens and a crisp taste.

No matter what topping tickles your fancy, Brick Oven Pizza in Lexington, KY can create the perfect pie for you.   Our locally owned pizza shop focuses on making homemade brick oven pizzas for any occasion.   Our handmade dough paired with our fresh, Italian-style sauce and top of the line cheese pairs perfectly with any of our quality toppings. Stop by our friendly neighborhood restaurant or order a pizza today! As an added bonus, sign up for our VIP Rewards Program and get a free cheese bread order!

By Matthew Clark 29 Mar, 2016
Brick oven pizza is pizza done right. The use of the brick oven has been crisping the crusts of our ancestors since the beginning of civilization. With quality that is unmatched by conventional oven-made pizzas, the quick and perfectly cooked results of this method not only leaves the dough with the slightly smoky flavor, but presents the consumer with crisped toppings and an evenly baked slice of authentic brick oven pizza. At Brick Oven Pizzeria in Lexington , the quality and the experience of brick oven delicacies is taken very seriously. The advantages of brick oven-made pizza in comparison to conventional are high in number, the extremely hot temperatures, shortened cooking time, unique flavor, and evenly distributed heat, creates a truly unforgettable pizza.
By Matthew Clark 02 Mar, 2016
So what is a grinder? Never heard the word? Chances are you’re from the South or Mid-West. Although there are slight variations between a grinder and a sub sandwich, the terms used indicate more where you’re from then what it is. Grab your favorite bread (the longer the better) add your favorite meat, some cheese, toppings and a spread and you have yourself a spectacular grinder!
By creekmoremarketing 29 Nov, 2015

Just about everyone loves pizza! The hot, melted cheese, over delectable sauce and mouth-watering dough is simply amazing. No matter what toppings you add, there is a combination for everyone and pizza is the food you crave when you need to satisfy your hunger. You may just think it’s the texture, and it is or you may think it’s the flavor, and it is. But there is also another reason why pizza is just so darn good. According to the featured segment, “the scientific reason why you’re so obsessed with pizza” on the YouTube channel by the American Chemical Society it is really is no mystery why you love pizza. Not only does it have a fantastic taste and texture, it also is has a chemical reaction that is sure to please.

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