Famous Pizza Carré ( Squared Pizza)


Pizza Carré is an Algerian version of the normal pizza, the dough is made sometimes with flour and other times with semolina, the first thing you notice when you see it is that it’s squared and not triangle shaped like your typical pizza.

What makes it special is the lack of toppings, with just a few olives on the tomato sauce; “Pizza Carré” is one of the cheapest street food in Algeria. These are favorite mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks, although they are also good for a light lunch, especially if you’re outside walking around, doing some shopping, or work near a pizzeria and want to have a “cheap lunch.”

The square pizza is more discreet but it’s a bit like our madeleine and we wouldn’t do without it for the world. We do not know its exact origin, but it is very likely that Algeria was influenced by the important migration of Italians which began in the 1860s. Square pizza is also very close to several Italian recipes.

Indeed, the Romans also have their square pizza called “al taglio” either by the cut. A long pizza that is square more or less large with a thick dough.

Their pizzas are a little more provided while the Algerian remains a simple base composed of cooked tomatoes sometimes accompanied by anchovies, chili or parsley and black olives.

Square pizza requires less work and is more accessible to everyone, but the recipe is more unexpected. The dough is made with semolina and not wheat flour, some people add an egg to it to give it a particular taste. The very simple filling is also less interesting, because we add tomato coulis rather than fresh tomatoes.

The new square pizza found in Algerian bakeries will also opt for new ingredients like cheap cheese or even mayonnaise, which strongly betrays the original recipe and that’s a shame.

The square pizza represents only Algerian popular culture and conviviality. We get into the habit of eating it while standing alongside other customers, which allows a conversation to begi

Famous Pizza Carré ( Squared Pizza)

Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 15 min Rest Time 15 min Total Time 1 hr
Servings: 8
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Pizza carré or squared pizza is a portion of traditional Algerian street food, it's a lot similar to your ordinary pizza, with few changes such as so little topping, with just tomato sauce and a few olives, you can, of course, add whatever you want and customize it to your own liking, the dough is also a little different, you can either flower or semolina to make it, and the fun part is that you cut square and enjoy the tasty pizza


The Dough

the Sauce


The Dough

  1. In a bowl, put the flour, then add a spoonful of yeast

  2. Then add a spoonful of sugar with a pinch of salt and add 4 tablespoons of oil

  3. Then mix the ingredients of the pizza together, after that we add the milk gradually to the pizza dough, then mix the dough lightly with only fingers Without kneading, just collect the pizza dough, then cover the pizza dough and let it rise.

  4. After that, we put the pizza dough on a plate and roll it on the entire plate, then we prick the pizza dough with a fork before baking

  5. after that, add Pizza sauce, and put it in the oven, at 180 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, and after a few minutes, the pizza is ready

  6. While the pizza is still hot, put olives on top of it you can add to it some parsley and sliced green pepper ​​and  whatever suits you at this point

The Sauce

  1. In a pan cut the peeled tomatoes into small chunk

  2. Mince your garlic finely

  3. Add the salt and pepper

  4. Let it boil for 2 minutes until it starts bubbling

  5. Add the half cup of water and let it cook for around 6 to 9 minutes

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