Molino Dallagiovanna flours may be familiar to some pizza fans. Because these flours stand for a long tradition and the highest quality. Where to get the flour? Take a look at La Bottega dei Gusti in the Deligio FineFood Shop! There you will find, in addition to the Dallagiovanna flours, many other great Italian delicacies such as La Carmela San Marzano tomatoes, fresh Fior di latte, various antipasti and much more!*
About La Bottega dei Gusti
I would like to say a few words about La Bottega dei Gusti at this point, because in my opinion, small family-run businesses that still value quality, service and customer orientation are not often seen and should be supported! Behind La Bottega dei Gusti is Andrea Naitana and his family from Gummersbach. Andrea was born in Italy and is therefore very familiar with the culture and specialties of Italy. Each product in the assortment is personally selected and has the demand for the best quality. For example, did you know that the Fior di latte comes from Latticini Orchidea, one of the oldest dairies in the Campania region (Sant’Anastasia to be precise, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius)? The Fior di latte is delivered fresh from Italy to La Bottega dei Gusti every two weeks. The Fior di latte is then shipped directly by UPS Express with a Coolpack, so that it arrives fresh and optimally cooled in less than 24 hours at the customer’s place (in my case it were sensational 6 degrees!).
My experiences with Molino Dallagiovanna flours
I have been a big fan of Molino Dallagiovanna flours for a long time. It all started when I visited Pizzeria Bella Italia in Rosenheim in 2018, where I had eaten one of the best Neapolitan pizzas of my life (the detailed review of Bella Italia can be found here). The owner, Mirko Sebalj, had then also kindly given me a tour of his kitchen and told me that he swears by Molino Dallagiovanna’s La Napoletana flour. Since then I have always associated Molino Dallagiovanna with high quality pizzas. I also tried to get my hands on Molino Dallagiovanna flours since then, which was still very difficult back in 2018/2019 because there were hardly any retailers selling it in Germany. In regions like the UK, however, Dallagiovanna flours were more common and since I still had relatives in London at the time, I was able to pick up a few 1 kg packets of La Napoletana from time to time. The results I could achieve with them had always delighted me (and my guests).
Fortunately, Molino Dallagiovanna flours are now easier to get in Germany and Molino Dallagiovanna now has no less than 150 specially developed flours to deliver the best products!
Recipe for Neapolitan pizza with Dallagiovanna Anna and Dallagiovanna Uniqua Blu flour
For the flour selection, I chose a mixture of the Dallagiovanna Anna (Tipo 00) and the Dallagiovanna Uniqua Blu (Tipo 1). The Dallagiovanna Anna, as Tipo 00 flour with 15 gr protein content and W380, is ideal for a Neapolitan pizzas with long fermentation time. The Dallagiovanna Uniqua Blu is also a very strong flour with high protein content (15 gr). This makes it easy to absorb water with a 70% hydration, and also here, long dough fermentation time and also indirect pre-doughs such as poolish or biga are no problem. The taste of Uniqua Blu is unique because it is slightly rustic due to the coarser grain size of the flour. It can therefore be wonderfully combined with other flours such as Dallagiovanna Anna and gives the dough a more complex flavor.
This recipe recommends a total dough resting time of 48 hours. So if you want to eat the Neapolitan pizza, for example, Saturday evening, you should start making the dough already on Thursday evening.
(for approx. 5 dough balls à 250 gr)
- 630 gr Dallagiovanna Anna flour
- 270 gr Dallagiovanna Uniqua Blu flour
- 600 gr water (important: cold, e.g. chill a water bottle a few hours before in the refrigerator)
- 2 gr fresh yeast oder 0.7 gr dry yeast
- 27 gr fine sea salt
Making the dough:
I made the dough in my Grilletta dough kneading machine. But you can also knead the dough by hand, of course.
- Weigh all the ingredients.
- Add the two flours and the yeast directly into the bowl (step 1-3).
- Start the machine on the lowest speed and slowly add the water (step 4).
- Now let the dough knead for a few minutes until it has taken on a firm shape (“pumpkin shape”, see step 5).
- Now slowly add the salt (step 6).
- Now let the dough continue to knead. The total kneading time is 15 – 20 minutes.
- Then shape the dough into as round a ball as possible. The dough will probably still have a somewhat rough, slightly sticky surface. From the consistency, the dough should spring back slightly when pressed in with a finger.
- If the dough is still too wet at this point, cover the dough with the bowl and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, shape the dough back into a round ball with as smooth a surface as possible and then place in a sealable container. You can also see how to shape the dough into a round ball in this video.
Resting the dough:
- Let the dough rest for 2-3 hours at room temperature.
- Then put the dough in the refrigerator for 40 hours.
- Then divide the dough into six portions. Depending on your preference, each portion should weigh 250 – 270 grams. You can see how to form the dough in this video.
- Put the dough balls in a sealable container and let it rise at room temperature for 5 – 6 hours.
Forming the pizza:
- Pre-heat the oven at least 1 hour before baking (450 degrees top heat and 350 degrees bottom heat on my Effeuno P134h pizza oven).
- Prepare a bowl or deep dish with semola (flour will work if necessary).
- Sprinkle the dough with a little Semola (especially on the edges) and take it out of the box with a spatula, put it in the bowl/plate with Semola and turn it over.
- Then place the dough ball on the work surface and shape it by hand: if possible, starting from the center, press the air bubbles towards the edge and shape it into a round pizza, leaving a border. Please do not use a rolling pin, because this will destroy the air bubbles.
Topping and baking the pizza:
- I topped the pizza with La Carmela San Marzano tomatoes, fresh date tomatoes, artichokes and Fior di latte. The ingredients can also be found at La Bottga dei Gusti in the Deligio FineFood Shop!
- Carefully pull the pizza onto the pizza peel. Pull again on the pizza slider to the round shape.
- Place the pizza in the oven and bake for about 90 seconds (a little shorter or longer depending on your preference and degree of browning).
This is how the finished Neapolitan pizza with Dallagiovanna Anna and Dallagiovanna Uniqua Blu flour looks like
Thanks for reading! If you have any unanswered questions, feel free to let me know in the comments.
*This article contains product sponsorship – some of the products featured in this review were provided to me free of charge.