Did I say that? No, no, that’s not what I meant. I meant pay homage.
I was at Masullo last night, and what a fine outing for it was the first time I’d left my sickbed since Friday. I talked my dining companion into ordering the Elisa, the very pizza I’m paying tribute to here. It truly has been my favorite pizza of theirs since their opening.
Although……last night I may have found a new favorite. It’s called Triana, and has slices of a “little hot salami” and fresh arugula on top. So delicious. But perhaps short-lived, as the chef is bringing back a chorizo pizza that might bump little Triana off the menu. So if you want to try it, get over there.
This pizza is classic flavors, none of the nonsense like yesterday (though of course there’s more to come!). Start with a basic fresh tomato sauce–like the one we made on Monday.
Put your dough round on the peel–liberally coated with flour or cornmeal of course–and spread on a thin layer of that tomato sauce. Add a few thin slices of mozzarella, some good quality salami, and some thinly sliced fennel and red onion. Mr. Masullo had oregano on his, which I forgot about. I added some freshly ground black pepper.
Slide onto a pizza stone in the hottest oven available and let cook until bubbly and brown.
I could eat this pie weekly. The fennel is so good on it. SO GOOD. Believe me. Trust me. Once you’ve had fennel, you’ll never not have fennel again.
Um, you know what I mean. Just make it.
(And thank you Bob Masullo for making up this pizza–it is SUPER and I LOVE IT)