fresh food fast:pizza two ways

Pat and I have had a weekly ritual since once living in downtown Toronto 25 years ago…it all started when we were dating and every Sunday night we would go to a local pizzeria called Il Fornello.   Il Fornello is the go-to place in Toronto for authentic Napoleonic pizza.  By that, I mean a crisp thin crust that supports any manner of fresh, seasonal ingredients.  It was there, that our passion for great pizza started.  Check them out at .  Then, when in Toronto, check them out in person!

When we moved from Toronto, we decided to continue the event in our own home.  We went from dough-in-a-box to frozen pre-made dough to where we are today: homemade dough baked on a pizza stone!  If you make pizza, but don’t have a stone they are worth every penny.

It is rare to have someone cook for me(other than Pat), but last night Emily and her boyfriend Rob did just that!  It was fun to sit back and watch these two novices;) throw together two stellar pizza’s in under an hour…oh right, they had made the dough earlier in the day.  They did however, grill chicken, zucchini, peppers, red onion, and pineapple in that time, which I thought was impressive.

Pizza number one: BBQ Greekish pizza
Pesto base
fresh mozzarella and feta…
grilled chicken,  zucchini, red peppers, red onions
fresh rosemary

The second pizza was a winner as well.  They put their own take on a Hawaiian pizza.
Cherry tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in food processor to coarsely combine as base
Onto that they put prosciutto, bbq pineapple, fresh mozzarella
finished with wasabi arugula and balsamic reduction

Food is art…each person will approach the same task in a unique way….that’s why I love to eat out, or have foodies cook for me; either way I have the opportunity to be surprised!