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The Restaurant Behind the Grilled Pizza Revolution || Eat Seeker

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– Any pizza that's made with quality ingredients and a lot of thought is delicious We've made grilled pizza everywhere

In some places, it's caught on, and in others, it's unknown With this technique, it's absorbing the smells and the aromas of the fire; it's a unique method of doing it and a unique taste As simple as these things are, sometimes simplicity is complexity The grilled pizza — it's a love story, actually My husband and I met in a restaurant kitchen, and we fell in love and wanted to do something together and decided food was where we wanted to go

We'd both lived in Italy; George lived in Rome, and I lived in Florence, and then we started cooking for each other, the things that we learned We thought we could still do all our freelance work and have a restaurant and do everything Within a week, we just gave everything else up George had a conversation with a man — he wasn't very much of a cook — and he told George that he had had a trip to Italy and had grilled pizza And when George told me that story I said, "We both lived there, that just does not exist

I think he's using the wrong term" He probably saw fire, but it was an oven, not a grill George got it in his mind that grilling pizza could possibly work, and we already had a wood-burning grill in our kitchen So I made some dough He played around with it, and within 15 minutes, we had something truly delicious and put it on the menu

There was trial, but no error, it seemed Much to my surprise, the dough didn't go between the rungs of the grill; it just stayed there, firmed up within two minutes It just worked perfectly, pretty much the first time And we thought, "OK, well this is delicious, and it's a pizza, people love pizza, we'll put it on the menu," but we didn't realize it was kind of a revolution For George and I, the benchmark of pizza is pizza margarita

If we've gone someplace like Naples where pizza is very, very different, it's the pizza margarita that I always start with, and then we might get a little bit more adventurous But that's the benchmark The unique way that we do the grilled pizza allows the dough to absorb more of the flavor of the fire With a wood-burning oven, the dough, there's a very little curl where the smoke will touch the pizza itself With a real charcoal fire, portions of the fire are hotter than others

So depending on how the fire is basically touching the dough, they'll be some places of the crust that are crispy and others that are chewy The pizza dough is a very simple bread dough It's flour, water, yeast, and salt, and it's a slow fermentation process The dough is actually stored in olive oil, so it does take on some of the oil into the dough The dough gets spread out very thin

The bottom gets char marks on it almost right away, and within a minute, it puffs up and is ready to get turned over So once it's turned over, the grilled side is brushed with olive oil and then cheese first, 'cause we want the olive oil to melt the cheese and then the tomato That was also something that George just did from the get-go, and we've been doing it every since We do a pizza with fried calamari on top, and we got the idea when we were teaching in Sicily George and I would go to a pizzeria for dinner a couple days before the classes started

And one night, the next table was a family with a lot of kids, and we noticed that the kids were served a pizza with French fries on top We thought that was so crazy and kind of fabulous, so when we got back to Rhode Island, that morphed into calamari, but I call them "pizza bambina," because it's the kids pizza The calamari is kind of an adult version With the calamari pizza, it's kind of a spicy tomato, the calamari gets put on top, and off it goes We change the menu a lot

Often we will have an asparagus pizza in the spring We did a recipe for asparagus pesto Pesto just basically means crushed So a pesto could be anything, and this one happens to be made with roasted asparagus in a very high-heat oven We tried this pesto on a pizza recently, and it's just delicious, and it's another one of those springtime ingredients that works really well with the pizza

After I graduated from RISD and went to Italy, it was the food that excited me at the time The food is just everything that you just wanna have at your table So it's Italian envy, I suppose I don't think there's another culture that enjoys life as much as the Italians I believe that people just love pizza, I mean, I love pizza

It doesn't have to be grilled pizza I go to a local restaurant that has Neapolitan pizza with the wood-burning oven, and it's absolutely delicious And I think I'm like a lot of people where you can get to a certain point and just say, "I've gotta have a pizza" And I think that's part of why the grilled pizza became such a rage Flipped it on the grill, and it worked, I mean I — (Sirens) – It's coming back

(Fire truck noises) – Oh, and more

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