The calzone originated in the heart of Naples, Italy. Calzone translates to “pant legs” which represents being the walk around form of pizza. Nowadays, pizza gets all the attention while calzones are overlooked as the ugly step-sisters of handheld Italian eats.
Here are 10 reasons why you should worship calzones, not pizza.
1. Calzones have an element of surprise
When you bite into a calzone, you never know what you’re going to get. It makes your calzone way more exciting than any pizza you’ve ever eaten.
2. They’re covered with crust
Who doesn’t love crust? It’s arguably the best thing about pizza. But pizza only has about an inch of crust. Every bite you take from a calzone, will have some crisp, crunchy crust in it.
3. The crust is an insulator for all the goodness inside
Never worry about your calzone going cold as soon as you take it out of the box. The crust will protect the toppings and keep the cheese warm and gooey.
4. It’s way more portable than pizza
A calzone is the perfect handheld meal. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Also, the crust protects your hands all that grease.
#SpoonTip: Use your calzone as a hand warmer on a cold day.
5. It has more cheese
6. You can choose how much sauce you want
Since the sauce comes on the side, it’s up to you if you want to drown your calzone with marinara, or if you just want to dip.
7. The dipping sauces for calzones are endless
You can dip your calzone in whatever your heart desires. Marinara for the basics, ranch and hot sauce for the people who want to live on the edge. There are countless sauces to accompany your calzone.
8. You can fit waaay more toppings in it
With pizza, you can only fit toppings on the top of the dough. But with a calzone, the crust serves as a barrier for all of your desired toppings. Add as much pepperoni and bacon (or mac & cheese) as you want.
9. For those who like to fold their pizza, there’s no need
New Yorkers know their pizza, and most natives will insist on folding their pizza in half. There is no need for that with a calzone, as it’s already folded for you.
10. It’s the ultimate drunchie
Easy to eat, cheap, and most college campuses have calzone shops like D.P Dough (which is open until 3 am). Most calzones from D.P Dough are only $7.50 and they’re huge, leaving you with left overs to help cure you from tomorrow’s hangover.