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The Marinara pizza was born in Italy by topping off the familiar leavened Mediterranean flatbread – known as the pita – with a crushed tomato sauce, olive oil, oregano, and garlic (all vegan pizza toppings, if you hadn't noticed), cooked in a wood burning oven. It is an officially recognised Traditional Food Product of Europe, meaning that this vegan pizza is an essential part of their heritage.

If you've never had a Marinara pizza or seen a chef making a Marinara pizza before, here is a video clip (although I have never seen such a soft Marinara pizza crust before; maybe it's a variation I have never heard of?):

Marinara Pizza Dough

Marinara Pizza Vegan Dough Crust 300x300 Marinara PizzaThe first important ingredient is the crust. Because the vegan Marinara pizza is government-protected (!), there are official guidelines to follow for a Marinara pizza to be considered authentic. The dough must weigh between 180 grams (6.34931 oz) and 250 grams (8.81849 oz), and cannot be thicker than 0.4 cm (0.157480 inches) - making it a "thin crust" pizza. The diameter must be of 35 cm (13.7795 inches) and the border of 2 cm (0.787401 inches). The calories per 100 grams cannot surpass 188

In addition, authentic Marinara Pizza must be made with a vegan pizza dough using 00 Flour, a type not easily available outside of Italy. You can find a selection of 00 Flour, however, below for your enjoyment and discovery:

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This 00 flour is authentic Neopolitan pizza dough flour, from Italy. Flour is not the same everywhere, and without a great vegan pizza dough, your vegan pizza can never be great. That is just a fact. Click on the image to learn more.

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This 00 flour also comes from Italy, and makes an authentic Neopolitan vegan pizza crust. Those who try it admit that after using it they can never go back to using any other type of pizza flour. Both in terms of preparation (easy to roll the dough in a round and make it as thin as you want) and taste (crunchy, bubbly, and stretchy at the same time) there is no comparison. Click on the picture to read more.

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There are, of course, more affordable brands which give very good vegan pizza dough results — not as good as the authentic Italian 00 flour, but better than most regular baker's flour. Click on the picture to find out more.

You can click on the link to get a Full Listing button green Marinara Pizza fuller list of 00 Flour Marinara Pizza for your Marinara pizza.

To make it really difficult, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza Association) has ruled that the dough must be hand kneaded and cannot utilize a pin or any other mechanical means to roll the pizza, just your fingers. I suppose if you really want to, you can get there in stages!

Marinara Sauce

Vegan Pizza Toppings Marinara Sauce 235x300 Marinara PizzaThe Marinara Sauce, too, has precise specifications. Namely, San Marzano tomatoes from Naples are necessary. These tomatoes were originally sent as a gift from the Kingdom of Peru to the Kingdom of Naples, and grown in the volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. These tomatoes are thinner and pointier in shape compared to the more familiar Roma tomatoes, with much thicker flesh, fewer seeds, with a much stronger taste, sweeter and less acidic, with an almost bittersweet taste like high-quality chocolate (which was also originally cultivated in the Americas). 

You can taste authentic Marinara sauce, made in the finest Italian kitchens, right at home. If you've never tasted it, I'd recommend that you try the authentic sauces below and see how yours compares.

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San Marzano Marinara Pasta Sauce

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This is made from genuine San Marzano tomatoesfirm and meaty. Made with fresh onions, tomato puree, imported Italian olive oil and spices. Click on the picture to find out more information. 

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San Marzano Marinara Pasta Sauce (Case of 12 – 26oz Jars)


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Same as the above, but in a case of 12. Click on the picture for more information.

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If you can't make it to Italy, this authentic Marinara sauce is actually made in Italy, by a world famous restaurant that has been in operation since 1896. That's pretty authentic. And it's worth every penny. Click on the image to learn more.

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These can also be purchased in bulk, so that you have plenty of real Italian marinara sauce on hand for your authentic vegan Marinara pizzas. Click on the picture to get more details.


Making this pizza sauce is fairly simple (once you have the right ingredients), as the video clip shows:

You can, thankfully, purchase tinned San Marzano tomatoes whole, crushed, diced, in single cans or in bulk to get that unique flavor, derived from the distinctive volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius. (Crushed tomatoes are best for Marinara pizza sauce.)


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San Marzano Tomatoes, Crushed – $5.95

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Click on the following link for a Full Listing button green Marinara Pizza fuller list of San Marzano tomatoes.


Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

Marinara Pizza Oven 300x225 Marinara PizzaFinally, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza Association) further specifies that the pizza must be baked in a wood-fired, domed oven at 485°C (905°F) for 60 to 90 seconds. This may sound impractical, and for many it is. However, wood-fired brick pizza ovens can be quite affordable. You can even make them yourself using ordinary material from a hardware store. Check out the items below to learn more. 

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This is a higher-end wood-fired pizza oven, not as exorbitantly priced as others in its class, which gives unbeatable and inimitable consistency, moistness and smoky flavor. It is built to ensure that you, your children, or your guests do not burn themselves touching the outside. Click on the image to learn more.

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Deeco Aztec Allure Pizza Oven

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A much more affordable Pizza Oven is also available (able to cook vegan pizzas up to 14 inches in diameter), which is actually a fireplace, oven, and (wood-fired) barbecue grill combined in one. A great-priced, unique product. Click on the picture to read more.

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Indeed, for those willing to make the extra effort for the perfect vegan pizza, an affordable full-sized wood-fired pizza oven can actually be made economically at home, without the expensive kits, just using materials you can get from any hardware or home improvement store. It as not as unrealistic or as unreasonable as you may think. This Do-It-Yourself Guide plus videos is a great resource. It comes with a 60-day money back guaranteeClick Here! for more information.

There are also alternatives such as pizza baking stones, a fun fondue-type electric table-top brick oven, and grill top pizza ovens which also deliver superior results (compared to conventional ovens alone). Click on the links to see these pizza oven alternatives.

A Little History of the Neapolitan Marinara Pizza

Vegan Pizza Toppings Marinara Pizza Before Cooking 300x271 Marinara Pizza“Marinara” is derived from the Italian word “marinaro”, which means “sailor”. This can be misleading, since most people might think that a “sailor’s” pizza would be a seafood pizza. but that is not the case. Rather than seafood, “Marinara” refers to sea-faring.

Naples – where the Marinara pizza was born in the 18th century – is an ancient port city that was used to trading with the Byzantine, Ottoman, Spanish, Greek, Carthaginian, and Moorish empires of the past. When the New World was discovered, Neapolitan sailors had a chance to go westward, where the tomato of Peru and Mexico was one of the many discoveries from New World civilizations taken back to the Old World. Meat-free tomato sauce was easy to make and could last the long journey across the Atlantic Ocean, largely because of its acidic content which prevented it from spoiling easily.

Another theory states that wives made this type of pizza for their husbands returning from the sea.

The other Neapolitan pizza – the more famous Margherita – added mozzarella cheese, so that the pizza would have the three colors of the Italian flag. (Modern Italy was founded only recently in 1861 out of the previous principalities.) This was created as a special dish for Queen Margherita’s visit to Naples in 1889.

Recently, the two Neapolitan Pizzas – the Marinara and Margherita – have been granted Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG) status by the European Union and since 2009 they have been listed as a Traditional Food Product (TFP) by the European Union. In addition, the Italian Government is currently lobbying the United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation to recognize Neapolitan Pizza as one of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage items to be safeguarded.

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