Sunday, September 25, 2005

Pizza Pizza

Original Neapolitan Pizza Margherita (graphics by Equalizer)


Pizza is by far the worlds most favorite meal item in the world. Everyone from seniors to children, and from health freaks to health hazards eat this very simple yet complex item. For me the best pizza's must be done the traditional way using only the freshest ingredients. If you think all those franchise pizza joints like Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Papa John's sell real pizza's think again! However I must admit that such joint do have their following, but I'm certainly not one of them.

A proper gourmet pizza needs a wood burning oven, which gives that amazing smoky flavor. The dough has to be thin and simple, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Such dough is best made overnight as it relaxes, and thus be able to be rolled out as thin as possible. The sauce can be manipulated to your liking, using the best virgin oilive oils, infused and plain alike. Toppings can be wide and varied, but to be simple, use the freshest Italian mozzarela and fresh basil leaves and drizzle with olive oil.

I would love to involve everyone on this one. Where do you think you can find the best pizza? And what is your favorite recipe?

Ideas


  • Peking duck pizza with hoisin sauce and shredded spring onion.
  • Lamb pizza with roasted pinenuts, arugula, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese.
  • Crab meat pizza with spicy mango salsa with red onions and cilantro with Queso Para Frier (Mexican and Carribean cheese)
  • Wild mushrooms pizza with fresh thyme, caramellized onions marmalade, blasamic reduction, truffle oil, sundried tomato pesto and fontina cheese.
  • Grilled pizza on the open flames topped with BBQ marinated sirloin tips, beer battered onion rings, and colby cheese
  • Provencal pizza with thick tomato slices, onion slices, emental cheese, herbes de provence and garlic olive oil.

36 Comments:

Blogger Erzulie said...

The best pizza I had was in Verona, Italy. I bought it by the slice at a little shop. I still remember the magnificent mozzarella.

9/25/2005 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

I don't like the picture.

9/26/2005 01:47:00 AM  
Blogger Jewaira said...

You're right. Pizza is certainly an all time favourite. mmmm
I love your suggested toppings especially the mushroom and caramellized onions and sundried tomatoes. Sounds divine...mmmmm

9/26/2005 06:39:00 AM  
Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

best pizza in kuwait...nino's portobello mushroom pizza..best pizza abroad i had abroad was from a small pizza joint in part-dieu, lyons france.. a simple margherita, thin crust, topped with smoked salmon..

9/26/2005 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger samboose said...

Best Pizza I had was in Austin, TX. A family run place called the Brick oven. They had the most amazing crust.

As for the toppings my all time favorite is mushroom, black olives with pesto.

9/26/2005 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love them all....American or NY style pizza,Domino's pizza from London only, Roman thin crust and Napolitan thick crust pizza. I can't say one is better than the other, since I like each one separately. The best NY pizza I had was at a place called Posto in NYC.

9/26/2005 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger W. said...

mmm my sisters and I always love a plain cheese, with rocca and LOTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS OF LEMON!

9/26/2005 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Erzulie:Although Verona is in Italy, it is not a pizza place, but I beleive you :)

Salty !!!! where have you been? and after all that time you complain about the "graphic" :(

Jewaira: You should try my pizza's, the only problem is that I dont have a wood burning oven. You know what makes a good pizza divine right ? :P

Kuwaitigirl: I never knew they had portobello mushroom pizzas at Nino, must be a special. I love the pizza's made in France. Lyon is a Roman settlement, I think it runs in their blood ;)

Samboose: It is a weird place to find good pizzas! I love pesto, especially when done fresh.

Anonymous: Thanks for the tip, I'll make sure i'll check it out the next time in NYC.

catch-22: Lots of lemon??? What is this? some kind of baked salad? It might be good if it has some preserved lemons perhaps, I dont know :p

9/26/2005 01:35:00 PM  
Blogger Papillona ® said...

I love pizza!
but this picture doesn't look good.

9/26/2005 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger not without my cigis said...

I told my mom about ur blog last week now she's checking it everyday lol , "Peking duck pizza with hoisin sauce and shredded spring onion" yummy i wana try that.. for me the best pizza i had in NYC was at Lombardi's it's between Mulberry Street and Mott Street smoky-crusted pizza with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. allaaaaah.

9/26/2005 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger ray said...

that's an amazing combination of pizza toppings

the best pizza i have ever tasted is a home made pizza,
with fresh mozzarela, fresh basil and tomato sauce ( with extra oregano)


tara u have to tell us the name of your restaurant :P ...

9/26/2005 07:39:00 PM  
Blogger W. said...

noooooo freshly squeeeezed lemons.. you have to try it its to die for

9/26/2005 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger Erzulie said...

Wait you have a restaurant? Where? I also had deep dish pizza when I was in Chicago and it was superb. I don't remember the name of the rest. but it's supposedly a famed, old-school place. Where can I get the absolute best pizza? Oh and the best thin crust pizza I had was at Abo's in CO. Mmm...I seriously think that I'm going to kidnap you and place you hostage in my kitchen :>

9/27/2005 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Erzulie said...

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9/27/2005 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger ray said...

erzulie

if you need any help kidnapping him just let me know :P

i know the perfect place to put him, "a fully equipt bakery" ;)

9/27/2005 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Sarah: sorry to disappoint you with the pic.

Not without my cigis: Try Indian chappati pizza's. The best pizza I had was in Providence, RI in Al Forno. Very simple grilled pizza with fresh diced tomatoes with garlic, pecorino cheese and spring onions. Amazing. Btw arent u not without my heals?

Ray: Anonymity is really good, but I have left clues around ;)

catch-22: well u do it for me, what do u think? :p

Erzulie: its just a rumour :p Abo's? is that in Denver or Boulder? Well how about you kidnap me and pay me the ransom? :p

Ray: Sorry, but I'm not a baker! yet hehe baking bread is extremely hard beleive it or not.

9/27/2005 01:19:00 AM  
Blogger Mia said...

The best pizza in the world other than Italy can be found right here in New York City. Each boro has at least 2 pizza parlors that use brick oven and have the crispiest slices. For me the best in Manhattan is Patsy's over on 1st ave.. in the Bronx it's Mario's and Grandma's... I hate dominoes, Pizza Hut etc.. that's not pizza.

My favorite pizza has broccoli, red peppers,green peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms,with extra cheese over the top of the veggies. Added to that a little bit of hot sauce and I am in nirvana! Oh yeah by the way I keep breath mints handy when I enjoy this treat...lol

9/27/2005 03:30:00 AM  
Blogger Erzulie said...

Boulder. Me & ray will start the "Equalizer Conspiracy" aka carry you away after emptying a nearby bank Ocean's 11-style and go on an international food adventure.

9/27/2005 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Grandma Funk said...

I'm not a big pizza fan.

9/27/2005 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger La La said...

The best pizza I had was in Roma. After that it had to be New York City!!!

Here in L.A. there's an awesome place that stays open till 4 a.m. (sort of like an after hours place) that serves all kinds of pizzas including Tunisian pizza (??) while the DJ blasts the most incredible house music that gets people dancing on the tables. It's fantastic! My personal favorite is the portabello mushroom pizza with goat cheese! And at California Pizza Kitchen I always order the vegeterian japanese eggplant with goat cheese. I love goat cheese.

9/27/2005 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love making my own pizza at home. I bought a Pizza Gourmet Baking Stone and peel at Sultan Center about 6 years ago. I use the stone in my oven or barbeque. I make the crust really thin and crispy and use a blend of Gruyere and Mozzarella cheeses. I also like to oven roast mushrooms with a bit of garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

9/27/2005 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mia: I could imagine New York having such good pizzas with such a large Italian community. Like I said next time I'm in town, youre gonna be my guide hehe. Btw your topiings are a bit agressive hehe, maybe because the veggies are overpowering. As for breath mints, I just had lunch downstairs at an amazing persian kabab joint and beleive me I need to gargle in Pine-sol (Detol)! lol

Erzulie: as long as my international food adventure is funded by two beautiful ladies, I wouldn't mind :p

Grandma: what are you a fan of?

Janjoon: That place sound's like Paolo's in DC. California Pizza Kitchen? never liked it, maybe the crust isint all that. Well, its been a while since I last had it, probably 1993 in Boston, when I though Taco Bell is a great Mexican restaurant ! LOL I came a long way from there hehe.

9/27/2005 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Anonymous: Wow, i'm impressed, it seems like a really great pizza!

9/27/2005 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger ray said...

it's not just a bakery :D .. it's heaven on earth :P ..

think of a place that had every thing a cook needs to do anything he could think of, with the help of 80+ other chefs

oh forget about the kidnapping :D, i'm going there right now !


erzulie,
wanna join ? :D

9/27/2005 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Ms.Baker said...

I am a fanatic pizza maker, and my dream is to have my own huge, wood fired brick oven to make pizza and rustic breads, after perfecting my starter. I love baking bread and anything to do with dough.

I use a huge rectangular pizza stone at home and my own pizza dough recipe, which I let rise verrrry slowly over a long period of time. I make an olive oil, arugula and parmesan pizza, mixed wild mushroom and fontina ( when I can get it!), a buffalo mozzarella fresh basil and tomato, a mexican with tons of jalapenos, a chinese marinated chicken as well as a barbecue chicken pizza, a Greek pizza, and the simplest: roasted garlic with parmiggiano reggiano and olive oil.

But I would have to say the best pizza I have ever had came from a place called Steve's, a mom and pop joint in Boston. Bertucci's was always good in a pinch too :)

MsB

9/27/2005 09:13:00 PM  
Blogger La La said...

persian kabab yum. My personal favorite is chelo kabab. Gorma sabzee rules.

Oh and about the crust, I order it on honey wheat dough..it's fabulous.

9/27/2005 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Ray: where is this? is this real? I could imagine my self in it: Equalizer and the food factory :p

MsBaker: Ok, I kneel down. I guess this is your realm. If you want to open up a pizzeria, I'll bank roll you! hehe You are really creative, I'm impressed.

Janjoon: I'm sure you have better persian restaurants over there, beleive it or not. Even though we have a huge persian community here. I realized that there is more to persian cuisine than just chelo kabab. I don't know if you have an upscale place in LA that serves more than the regular fare.

As for the crust, I don't know how that will taste, but its interesting.

9/28/2005 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alo Pizza, Cologne.

F.

9/28/2005 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Not_Without_My_Heels said...

*drool*

There goes my aneroxic diet!

9/28/2005 10:38:00 PM  
Blogger ray said...

oh it's real and it's right here in kuwait :)

i can't say any more than that

like u said : Anonymity is really good :P

9/29/2005 03:58:00 AM  
Blogger Rimyoleta said...

Spain has a great pizza place it's called (tele pizza)..woooooow..and yummy..and there is one in France called (pizza pino)...Those are the best pizza's I'v ever had :D..
the pic is :S

9/29/2005 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

I'm sorry. :/ And I've been around. :) Not as much though..

9/30/2005 02:15:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Anonymous: I think I've tried it. You must have gone there for health checks hehe.

Ray: Ok its a food processing plant or some catering company. None of the big ones I know serve good food :p

Rimyoleta: I think the best pizza in Spain is that of Picasso at Puerto Banus. Almost all pizzas in France are good.

Salty keep checking back :)

9/30/2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Rimyoleta said...

Picasso has pizza with Pineapple:S.. I remember that it wasn't that good :S..
And Where are you!!,,I havent seen you around ,,my blog misses you :(

9/30/2005 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Zaydoun said...

My stomach is rumbling!

Try the following combo:
Pizza dough
Pesto
Goat cheese
Semi-dried tomatoes
Pine nuts

10/01/2005 07:12:00 PM  
Blogger PeTiTa said...

YUMMY I LOVE PIZZA!

The best pizza I had was in the pizza place in Harrods, London

It was a cheese pizza with sun dried tomatoes and pesto

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY!

10/02/2005 07:34:00 PM  

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