Like a big pizza pie…that’s amore, take it away Dean Martin!
I recently went to an amazing pizza restaurant in San Antonio that served one of the best pizzas I’ve ever tasted. But there was a catch: it had nuts on it. I’m the kind of person who shuns Snickers and Kit Kats for 60% dark chocolate. I hate Rocky Road ice cream with a passion. So why did I have mouthgasm from this cashew-strewn beauty? The contrast of lemony kale, creamy mozzarella, spicy pepperoni and strangely rich cashews married very well, to my delight! So, pizza. Whether you’re eating a cauliflower crust with cashew cheese or meat lovers supreme, pizza is for everyone. Great for late night study sessions, post-workout splurges, a night in with friends, loved ones and a movie, or lounging decadently on the couch alone Netflix-bingeing iZombie episodes. Today, you can find all kinds of different pizza recipes. Buffalo chicken, Mac and cheese, even spaghetti pizza, although many modern recipes sound like something an 8 year old would concoct! I might do a weird pizza post later, but for now, I just wanted to sing an ode to a few of traditional Italian pizzas, lest the past be forgotten!
The Standard Slice: Pepperoni
You can’t really go wrong here. This is the most basic, fundamental pizza the universe put on this earth to feed men. Along with inalienable rights, like the pursuit of happiness.
This is the Sophia Loren of pizzas: classy, elegant and fiercely Italian. It’s a simple formula of tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and torn, fresh basil leaves for one bite of la bella vida.
White Pizza is something of an anomaly. A pizza with no sauce or meat, what’s left? White Pizza is essentially just extra cheese. A drizzle of olive oil, spread of ricotta cheese and a few slices of mozzarella or provolone draped across the top is standard procedure. The addition of torn, fresh oregano or basil leaves amps it up nicely. Check out this version with roasted garlic cloves, rosemary and red pepper flakes! Perfect for a winter’s night meal.
Pizza All Bismark
This is like the original breakfast pizza. Some Italian housewife woke up one morning and remembering the pizza she had made for dinner the night before, figured the usual eggs and bacon sounded good on a pie! Kidding. This would be perfect for breakfast with coffee.