Within the annals of recent American pizza, there are few pizzaiolos as well-known as Chris Bianco. And of Bianco’s most beloved pizzas, virtually none are as iconic as his pistachio, pink onion and Parmesan-topped Pizza Rosa. Humorous, then, that this standout pie was impressed by a scrumptious but easy Italian focaccia.
The story of the pizza goes one thing like this: On a break from operating his eponymous restaurant, Bianco took a visit to Liguria, Italy and located himself charmed by a Parmesan and sesame seed focaccia. After making an attempt (and failing) to copy it at dwelling, he thought of what precisely it was that made the focaccia so particular. A part of it was the simplicity of the nutty flavors, however there was one thing extra…
Bianco realized that the sesame seeds he’d had in that Mediterranean port city have been so good as a result of they didn’t should journey removed from the place they have been grown to the place they have been eaten. He began excited about nutty and scrumptious topping choices obtainable in his dwelling state of Arizona, and got here up with not sesame seeds, however pistachios. The pizza got here collectively from there. In his cookbook, Bianco, the pizzaiolo writes that the creation will get its title from “the pink of the pink onion,” an addition impressed by chewy onions on the coronary heart of a bialy, a Jewish baked good much like the bagel. That, we expect, is a stroke of culinary genius.
Bianco says his riff on the unique focaccia from Liguria “is like taking part in a cowl track; when you do it the very same manner, it will not have the identical impact.” We took that as a tacit blessing to play with his creation.
We caught with a skinny dough base cooked at a excessive temperature and in addition stored the olive oil, rosemary, pistachio, and pink onions. However we strayed from Bianco’s recipe in two notable methods: We used Piave Vecchio cheese, and we added a drizzle of lemon, thyme, Meyer lemon and bay leaf honey for a vivid, sticky-sweet citrus kick.
Like Parmigiano Reggiano —the cheese on the pizza that impressed Bianco — Piave Vecchio is nutty and crystalline. In contrast to Parm, it has notes of tropical fruit and almond. Mainly, Piave Vieccho is a bit sweeter. When you battle to seek out it at your native grocery, simply substitute a distinct Italian laborious cheese.
From Liguria, Italy to Phoenix, Arizona to Ooni’s US HQ in Austin, Texas to your kitchen, this easy focaccia might have modified a bit, however one factor is for certain: It’s been a scrumptious journey. Buon appetito!
Chris Bianco’s customary dough recipe is made with energetic dry yeast, excessive protein flour, water, and positive sea salt and proofs for five hours. Wish to comply with his pointers precisely? Discover the recipe in his cookbook, Bianco.
2 x 12-inch pizzas
2 x 250-gram dough balls
⅓ cup (60 grams) sliced pink onion
1 tablespoon (2 grams) recent rosemary, chopped and stems eliminated
4 ½ ounces (120 grams) Piave Vecchio
1 ½ tablespoons (20 grams) olive oil
1 cup (50 grams) pistachios, chopped and toasted
⅓ cup (30 grams) thyme & Meyer lemon-infused honey
This recipe would swimsuit a number of pizza types, together with Bianco’s dough recipe talked about within the notes above, however we expect our traditional pizza dough can be an important match. Be sure that to organize your dough forward of time to make sure it rises at room temperature earlier than firing up your oven.
Preheat your own home oven to 325°F (160°C), chop your pistachios and toast your pistachios for about 10 minutes. them for about 10 minutes. After they’re carried out, they need to odor deliciously aromatic. Allow them to cool and roughly chop them. Then, thinly julienne your pink onions, set them apart and roughly chop the rosemary.
Fireplace up your Ooni pizza oven, aiming for 850 to 950°F (450 to 500°C) on the baking stone inside. Use an infrared thermometer to rapidly and precisely verify the temperature of the stone.
Place a dough ball in your calmly floured work floor. Push the air from the middle out to the sting along with your fingers. Stretch the dough out to a 12-inch-round base, then lay the stretched dough over your calmly floured pizza peel. High with halves of the sliced pink onion and rosemary; then, with a Microplane or a handheld cheese grater, shave on the Piave Vecchio.
Drizzle your pizza with olive oil, then slide it off the peel and into the oven. Prepare dinner for 60 to 90 seconds, turning the pizza recurrently to make sure a good bake. Simply earlier than the tip of the bake, take your pizza out of the oven and high it with half of the toasted pistachios. Return the pizza to the oven, give it a ultimate flip, and take away. Lastly, drizzle your pizza with the flavored honey, slice it into items, and luxuriate in.