Any night in our house can be Pizza Night. It is always a favorite meal for Nicoletta and I. What's not to like, crispy thin crust with fresh organic toppings and fresh mozzarella. I crave pizza all the time, maybe not as much as Nicoletta but pretty close, not the heavy laden pizzas with processed cheese and meats, but the lovely lite and fresh pizzas we eat in Rome. Thanks to Jamie Oliver's recipe for thin crust pizzas, I may have found the crust we have been searching for. Got to love his enthusiasm and energy and his determination to educate our young generation to better health, along with the passion for fresh food and cooking.
It has been an abundant season for veggies in my parents' garden, especially zucchini blossoms, so you guessed it, why not on a pizza, so the first on the pizza paddle and into the pizza oven in the barbecue is Zucchini Blossoms on a pesto sauce with fresh mozzarella, goat cheese and feta cheese with a nice drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Beautiful colors, nice charred edges, a creamy and soft cheese, a nice thin crispy crust. You taste the basil and garlic of the pesto, the zucchini flowers with a bit of sweetness and smokiness from the slight charred edges, the edginess of the feta soothed by the suttleness of the goat cheese, and to bring it home the melted mozzarella soft and stringy. One thing I wanted to mention was that when picking the zucchini blossoms only pick the male blossoms, the ones without the zucchini attached. I don't know why that is, I only know my parents were adamant about this fact, and I don't know if you know this, but do not argue with an Italian parent! LOL
Second pizza, the simplest of all pizzas but so flavorful, it will leave you wanting piece after piece: the Margherita, thin bubbly crust laden with a rich san marzano tomato sauce, dollops of pesto and morsels of fresh mozzarella, always finishing the top with a drizzle of olive oil. You bite in, cheese stringing from your lips to the edge of the pizza, the tomatoes hit your taste buds with a blast of rich sweet acidic flavor, the pesto creeps in with hints of basil, pine nuts, parmigiano, garlic and olive oil, and the crust tender with crispy bits.
The finale, a dessert pizza. Yes, Nutella! on that thin crust just what the doctor ordered. That smooth hazelnutty chocolate sweetness oh so so good. A great end to a beautiful evening out in the backyard. Me, my beautiful wife, my son and the pizza oven and paddle, could be a song. One day I will build a wood fired pizza oven and really toss some pizzas in the air, spew out some great Italian slang and manipulate those pizzas close to the fire. Can you smell that fire?
Plan your pizza night soon.
P.S. goes great with a nice cold cold beer.Print