PIZZA E PANE (PIZZA AND BREAD)

Mom's Pizza Dough & Specialty Pizzas

We have always enjoyed homemade pizza. To this day, when we visit my parents, we can expect to enjoy a delicious variety of pizza for lunch. Some of my mom’s favorite toppings are listed below, but you can experiment and get creative with your favorite ingredients.

Stromboli

This stromboli recipe is very easy to make, and any combination of ingredients can be substituted, based on your preference. The pepperoni & cheese stromboli is usually the crowd favorite. I like to make this before people arrive because the aroma in the house is wonderful when they walk through the door. This recipe is best when served warm from the oven, with a side of marinara sauce.

Mom's Parmesan Rolls

These parmesan rolls are soft, buttery and delicious. We have enjoyed them for years at many holiday gatherings, especially Thanksgiving. You will love the smell in the house while they are baking!

Prosciutto Bread

We used to purchase prosciutto bread at the local pork stores in New York. This recipe closely simulates the delicious flavors from my memory. Enjoy!

Pizzagen

This cold cut pie is an Italian American treat that has always been a part of our holiday buffet. Originally prepared for Easter, we now enjoy this pie during most holidays. The sweetness of the crust, paired with the saltiness of the cold cuts and egg mixture really makes a savory pie. Enjoy!

Pizza Rustica

There are many variations of this traditional Easter dish. This version includes ricotta, meat and cheese. I serve this dish on my Easter and Christmas holiday buffets. It’s very hearty and is delicious served with warm marinara sauce on the side.

Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini

I recently had lunch at a restaurant called Pazzo’s in Red Bank, NJ and thoroughly enjoyed a grilled chicken pesto panini. This recipe is my version of that sandwich. It is extremely flavorful, and makes a wonderful meal paired with a side salad or homemade pasta salad. Feel free to modify the ingredients based upon the flavor combinations you enjoy the most.

Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Panini

We enjoyed the most delicious panini sandwiches on the streets in Rome and Florence, Italy. Some of the best sandwiches were the simplest – grilled bread with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. The key to making this panini exquisite is using the freshest ingredients possible. This version is Jessica & Nicholas’ favorite.

Easy Focaccia

This recipe is incredibly easy to make (using premade pizza dough), and delicious. It can be used as the basis for Sicilian Focaccia (like Sicilian Pizza), or as the bread for a delicious Focaccia Sandwich.

Sicilian Focaccia

This recipe reminds me of the Sicilian pizza we have enjoyed for years. This is quick and easy to make, using premade pizza dough. Feel free to substitute your favorite cheese for the provolone, if desired.

Focaccia Sandwich

This recipe uses the basic focaccia recipe as the bread for the sandwich. Although this recipe calls for an oven baking method, it is equally delicious using a panini press to melt the fresh mozzarella and provolone. Feel free to substitute your favorite ingredients for the sandwich filling.

Pizza della Casa

We enjoyed the most delicious panini sandwiches on the streets in Rome and Florence, Italy. Some of the best sandwiches were the simplest – grilled bread with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. The key to making this panini exquisite is using the freshest ingredients possible. This version is Jessica & Nicholas’ favorite.

Schiaccate (Little Tuscan Pizza)

This recipe is incredibly easy to make (using premade pizza dough), and delicious. It can be used as the basis for Sicilian Focaccia (like Sicilian Pizza), or as the bread for a delicious Focaccia Sandwich.

Semolina Pizza with Broccoli Rabe & Feta Cheese

This recipe reminds me of the Sicilian pizza we have enjoyed for years. This is quick and easy to make, using premade pizza dough. Feel free to substitute your favorite cheese for the provolone, if desired.

Pizza Dough

This recipe uses the basic focaccia recipe as the bread for the sandwich. Although this recipe calls for an oven baking method, it is equally delicious using a panini press to melt the fresh mozzarella and provolone. Feel free to substitute your favorite ingredients for the sandwich filling.

Grilled Pizza with Caramelized Onion, Sausage & Provolone

This recipe is incredibly easy to make (using premade pizza dough), and delicious. It can be used as the basis for Sicilian Focaccia (like Sicilian Pizza), or as the bread for a delicious Focaccia Sandwich.

Mortadella Pizza Rolls

This recipe reminds me of the Sicilian pizza we have enjoyed for years. This is quick and easy to make, using premade pizza dough. Feel free to substitute your favorite cheese for the provolone, if desired.

Pizza Margherita

This recipe uses the basic focaccia recipe as the bread for the sandwich. Although this recipe calls for an oven baking method, it is equally delicious using a panini press to melt the fresh mozzarella and provolone. Feel free to substitute your favorite ingredients for the sandwich filling.

Neapolitan Casatiello Pie

We visited Naples, Italy in March, 2013, while they were preparing for the Easter holiday.  This is my take on the Neapolitan recipe that they make for this holiday celebration.  The Casatiello Pie is traditionally filled with salami and cheese and decorated with boiled eggs.  The pie can be eaten hot or cold, and we were told that the Neapolitans enjoy this pie even more on Easter Monday (or Pasquetta).  This recipe was inspired by a Ciao Italia recipe.

Crescentina

We enjoyed warm crescentina with a delicious antipasto at a restaurant in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.  It was unbelievably delicious.

Grilled Pizza Margherita

This is the traditional preparation for pizza with fresh tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.  This is truly the most delicious pizza you will ever have!!

Semolina Pizza Dough

The first time I tasted pizza made with semolina flour was at Aunt Butchie’s house in Staten Island, NY.  She made the most delicious semolina pizza, topped with broccoli rabe, almonds, sliced green olives and feta cheese.

Sausage & Pepper Panini with Mozzarella

My Dad loves sausage and peppers, so I try to incorporate this mix of flavors as much as possible in different dishes.  This Panini sandwich is delicious with the melted mozzarella.

Grilled Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Figs & Gorgonzola

This pizza pairs the sweetness of caramelized onions with the deep flavors of gorgonzola cheese and fresh figs.  The pizza is finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a full-bodied taste!

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