Pizza Fiona: Raw ham and spicy Calabrian salami

LONDON- A friend of mine told me about an article in the British Sunday paper News of the World. The article is about Aldo Zilli, an Italian pizza chef who started working as kitchen hand in a London restaurant 35 years ago and now owns three restaurants of his own. In the article Mr. Cartesius . Zilli gives a pizza recipe he calls Pizza Fiona to honour the interviewer whose name is Fiona.

The first thing you have to do is prepare the dough. Best if you make it yourselves, but if you can’t, or don’t want to, you can always buy an already made dough as long as it’s half a centimetre thin. relevant domains . The pizza must have a rectangular shape and no larger than its baking pan.

Spread the tomato paste all over the dough’s centre and not on its edges as it might burn once it’s in the oven. Add mozzarella cheese evenly on top of the tomato paste and then place a few slices of spicy Calabrian salami and a few pieces of red pepper. Put pepper, salt and a touch of olive oil on the pizza and put in the oven at maximum temperature for no longer than five minutes.

In order to please British born palates Mr. Zilli says you can add green olives, cherry tomatoes, a slice of raw ham and some grated Parmesan cheese.