Cucina Italiana: Pizza Margherita

24 February 2012

JC and I decided to try our hand at pizza tonight!

Pizza Margherita is the basic tomato and cheese pizza that was invented in Napoli. This iconic food is so simple, yet so tasty. Invented for the First Queen of Italy, the Queen of Savoy, the colors of pizza are not accidental. The red sauce, white cheese, and green basil represent the Italian flag and the new country.

Pasta (Dough)
-2 lb Italian “00” flour or all-purpose flour
-2 cups warm water
-salt
-1 oz leavening agent

Sauce
-1 lb crushed tomatoes
-olive oil
-oregano and basil to taste
-salt
-garlic to taste

Toppings
-1 lb mozzarella cheese

Preparation

Step 1.
Create a well in the center of the flour and add leavening and water into center. Add salt around edge.

Step 2.
Knead dough for 15-20 minutes until soft and smooth.

Step 3.
Shape dough into a ball and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Step 4.
Separate the dough into 4 parts and flatten them into disks using their fingers.

Step 5.
Use a spoon to add sauce into the pizza dough. Then place pieces of mozzarella on top. We used Mozzarella de Bufala, Buffalo Mozzarella – the mozzarella of the gods!

Step 6.
Heat the oven to 480F and then bake for 5-6 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted. Once done, drizzle with olive oil and serve. It turned out very good our first time!

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The weather has finally begun to warm up! Hopefully it will stay like this for a little while!

I have been trying some new Gelatos!

22 February 2012: Biscottino + Bacio (Cookies + Chocolate and Hazelnut)
24 February 2012: Muffin + Infuso d’Autunno (Infusion of Autumn? Not sure what was in it, but is was great!)
25 February 2012: Bacio + Neve de Riso (Rice Milk, yum!)

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