The best pizza I ever had was at my mother-in-law’s brother’s house. My husband, our 2 daughters and I usually go visit them at least once a year in Frosinone. My husband’s mother was born there, but moved to another area called Castelli Romani as soon as she got married.
My husband has always been very close to his uncles and after meeting them I understood why. They are very warm and welcoming people, just how Italians are always described.
So when we go there, we usually stop by at one uncle’s house first for lunch and then the other for dinner. Those days always end up being the best ones for us. We spend it with great people, sipping wine, indulging in delicious delicatessen all “casarecci” (which in Italian means “homemade”) and by the time we finish eating we realize how late it is and have to get back into the car and drive home.
So this one Sunday, when we arrived for dinner, the wood-burning stove was going and that could mean only one thing, that something amazing was being prepared. If you’ve never eaten a pizza made in a wood-burning oven, trust me, buy one, find one, go to Italy, anything ! but at the top of your to-do list has to be this note: eat a pizza made in a wood-fired oven.
I’m sorry to say, this pizza was not made in a wood burning oven, but it turned out pretty darn good anyway. I believe a lot has to do with all the fresh ingredients I used. I always made my pizza sauce from a can or bottle, (which in the winter has to suffice), but once i tasted those fresh tomatoes with fresh basil and mozzarella, there was no going back. The best tomatoes to add-on top of the pizza are cherry tomatoes or plum tomatoes. Nice, ripe, fresh tomatoes.
Add a few black olives if you like, open a bottle of vino and as the Italians say Buon Appetito!
- 1 ready made pizza dough
- 26 cherry tomatoes halved
- 20-25 pitted black olives halved
- 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano 1 gram
- 4-5 leaves fresh basil chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 grams
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 33 grams
- 1/2 cup firm mozzarella grated 100 grams
Pre-heat oven to 450° (250° celcius), place pizza dough on a greased (grease with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil) pan (12" (30 centimeter) and let sit for 20- 30 minutes, covered.
In a medium bowl add halved cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of oil, oregano, salt and chopped basil.
Top the pizza dough with the tomato mixture, bake in pre-heated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and top with olives and grated mozzarella, return to oven and continue to bake for another 3 or 4 minutes until cheese has melted. Remove from oven, slice and serve. Enjoy!