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|Arab pizza, Chaldean pizza|
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Sfiha (Arabic: صفيحة sfīḥah) or lahm bi`ajin (Arabic: لحم بعجين laḥm bi‘ajīn), also known as 'Arab Pizza', is an Arab pizza-like dish originating from the Arabian Peninsula and Levant, and introduced in Brazil by Levantine immigrants.
In contrast to the modern use of lamb or beef, traditional sfiha are open-faced meat pies made with ground mutton. Historically, sfiha were much like dolma—simply ground lamb, lightly spiced, wrapped in brined grape leaves. In Brazil, sfihas are folded into a triangular pastry, although the open-faced version is very common too and they have various toppings, like cheese, curd, lamb, beef or vegetables.
- Yara Roberts,Richard Roberts, (2009), The Brazilian Table, Gibbs Smith, pag. 186