What makes the perfect pizza? Although it seems simple, pizza can easily lose its way when overladen with toppings and not handled with enough love, care and attention. Learn from the masters – stick to a few classic ingredients and let them shine on top of a good, thin, slightly-burnt-at-the-edges crust. Let’s get this pizza party started!
If there’s one menu item you can almost always count on seeing at trendy restaurants, it’s burrata. A specialty of the Puglia region (the heel of Italy’s boot), it only dates back to the 1920s, making it relatively modern. Burrata means ‘buttery’ in Italian – and it’s easy to see why. The cheese starts out as mozzarella, but is pumped with unspun mozzarella curds and fresh cream. How does that sound for delectable? Cut into a ball and watch the gorgeously soft centre ooze out. On a crispy crust, it quickly melts, creating the most luxurious texture.
Prosciutto dates back to pre-Roman times, when peasants would hang hams to cure in the attic or cellar. Traditionally served in thin slices, so it simply melts in your mouth, it goes just as well on pizza as it does in a panini, or wrapped around perfectly ripe melon slices. Cancel the takeaway and try our recipe for Prosciutto, Tomato & Mozzarella Pizza
. So easy!
Considered an exotic treat by aristocrats in ancient Rome, artichokes have become one of Italy’s favourite vegetables. A symbol of Spring, they make up the ‘Spring’ section of a Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons) pizza and are traditionally eaten at Easter, when they are in season. Don’t worry about preparing them: Our Artichokes in Lemon & Rosemary Infused Oil
can be drained and scattered straight from the jar onto your pizza – just try not to devour them first!
You’ve heard of pizza bianca and pizza rossa, but how about pizza verde? Pesto is much more than just a pasta sauce and in the northern Italian region of Liguria, where Pesto was born, you’ll find it spread on pizza without tomato sauce. Try our No. 1 Classic Basil Pesto
– it provides a burst of bold, fragrant, herby flavour and makes the perfect partner to delicate milky cheese on our Pesto, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomato Pizza
. Short of time? Our Quick Pesto Pizza
only takes 15 minutes and is the most scrumptious after-school snack.
Treated as a divine gift by the ancient Romans, truffles have long been revered by roving gourmands. Fresh truffles can be hard to come by – but our Truffle Pesto
is a lovely substitute. Pair with porcini and taleggio for a pizza that’s guaranteed to reel in the compliments.