WELCOME TO SANTA MALUCO
We would like to tell you a bit about ourselves….
To get started here is a bit of how pizza ended up in Brazil…..
The pizza arrived in Brazil via Italian immigrants, who came to Brazil between 1880 and 1930. Italian immigration to Brazil is so significative that, as of 2013, 30 million Brazilians – nearly 15% of the Brazilian population – are of Italian descent, and almost half of them are located in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest pizza consuming state.
Pizza consumption was restricted to Italians until 1950, when it spread throughout Brazil, gaining a few modifications from its original formula. In Brazil there is even a Pizza Day, which started on the 10th of December 1985.
The main feature of Brazilian pizzas is that they have very distinctive toppings. Whereas in Italy, the home of pizza, the toppings are scarce and often boil down to fine herbs and a few other ingredients, Brazilian pizzas tend to be less “conservative”, leading to an immense variety of different pizza toppings, closer to the American concept of pizza, although in Brazil it is common to see pizzas with half and half toppings.
Another important feature of Brazilian pizzas is their crust. Closer to the Italian style of pizza, Brazilian pizzas tend to offer a less-crunchy and thinner crust, differing from the American’s pizza, which has a very thick crust. Also, in Brazil the pizza border can be filled or topped with a variety of stuffings, most popular being cheddar or a Brazilian creamy cheese called ‘Requeijão’, which we make fresh in house.
THE SANTA MALUCO PHILOSOPHY
Here at Santa Maluco we want our pizzas to bring that Brazilian flare mixed with some old authentic Italian tradition. All our pizzas are cooked in our wood fired handmade oven. We do not use any fuel apart from wood in our oven, bringing the most authentic pizza experience possible to your plate. All our pizzas are 18 inch and are made completely from scratch by our experienced and talented pizziolas.
Wanting to keep our menu fresh and seasonal we aim to change elements of our menu on a weekly basis, with daily specials readily available.
RODIZIO @ SANTA MALUCO
Rodízio is an ‘all you can eat’ style of restaurant service common in Brazil. Here at Santa Maluco guests will pay a ‘preço fixo’ and the servers will bring samples of pizza to each guest at several times throughout the meal, until the guests signal that they have had enough.
Pizzas are both sweet and savoury so anyone still hungry can sample our home made dessert pizzas. We like to try and please all our guests, so if you fancy a more traditional serving then we offer pizzas by the slice or the full 18’’ inch.
We hope you enjoy the experience.