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Crazy for Pizza

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copyright 2009, Maria Liberati

pizzaA  passion for pizza..what’s all this talk about great pizza! David Letterman decided to take Madonna to the restaurant next door to his studio for some NY pizza while a guest on the show.Rob Lowe selected pizza as his favorite food on the Jimmy Kimmel show..but his favorite was a pizza place in Boston..mine is a place in the  Trastevere neighborhood in Rome.. when you enter Trastevere just follow your nose  for the aroma of pizza baking and you will see a line waiting outside..

But homemade pizza is the’s a recipe and a healthy one to make you go ‘pazzo per pizza’ (crazy for pizza)

This pizza serves 4 and has aprox 500 calories a portion.

Pizza  alle Verdure (Pizza with vegetables)


2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 package of dry yeast powder

pinch of sugar

3 tblsps olive oil

Put yeast in a glass, add in  1/3 cup  warm water, a pinch of sugar ,pinch of salt. Stir in a bowl place all ingredients and add in yeast mixture, and olive oil. Work the dough. Blend well till a smooth ball. Place ball in bowl and cover with a clean dish towel. Leave in a warm place and let rise for approx 2 hours.


1 fresh eggplant

2 tomatoes

1 pepper

3 cipolotti onions, chopped finely

2 tablespoons grated parmigiana-reggiano cheese

Slice and grill all vegetables separately.

Line pizza pan with baking paper. Cover with pizza dough. Top with grilled veggies and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of parmigiana-reggiano cheese. Bake in oven preheated to 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, serve hot or cold.


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