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Chickpea “Pizza” with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

My favorite dish during a four-day stay in Vancouver:  a crisp chickpea-flour flatbread topped with sautéed local chanterelles, buffalo mozzarella and luscious heirloom tomatoes. The chef of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Pino Posteraro, was looking to do something different, he told us, and he succeeded. Plus, for those who care, the chickpea flour makes this dish [...]

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Thu, September 18 2014 » Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Pizza, restaurants, Uncategorized » No Comments

Pizza Rustica for Easter (or Anytime)

Pizza rustica has nothing to do with pizza. Also known as torta pasqualina or Easter pie, it is a southern Italian specialty. Creamy ricotta (or basket cheese) and salty salami in a flaky crust, that’s pizza rustica. “Pizza rustica is so old-fashioned it’s cool again,” says David DiBari, chef/owner of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, [...]

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Tue, March 26 2013 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, Uncategorized » No Comments

Celebrate Columbus Day with Portofino Pizza

Don’t forget, Christopher Columbus was Italian. Although his voyages were sponsored by the Spanish, some of the expenses were underwritten by investors from his hometown, Genoa,  one of Italy’s great maritime republics at the time. So I’m thinking there’s no better way to commemorate “Cristoforo Colombo’s” sighting of the Americas than eating Italian over the Columbus [...]

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Thu, October 4 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, travel » No Comments

Dan Bavaro: A Pizzaiolo’s Story

Ninety seconds is what it takes to cook one of Pizzaiolo Bavaro‘s pizzas in the blistering heat of the wood-fired oven. Four years is the amount of time Dan Bavaro invested in research, planning and testing before opening the doors of his downtown Tampa restaurant and sliding that first pizza onto a customer’s plate. Now [...]

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Mon, May 21 2012 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized » No Comments

Calzones and Other Pizza Foldovers

Calzones (or calzoni, if you’re in Italy), stromboli, pizza rolls, Sicilian schiacciata. There’s really no consensus on what these are supposed to be. By most accounts, calzones are half-moons of pizza dough folded over a filling that usually contains ricotta or other cheese, vegetables and deli meats. Sometimes they’re served with marinara or another sauce. Log-shaped [...]

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Fri, April 13 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza » 1 Comment