Margherita Button Pizza
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci
This pizza is simple, yet it is the pizza named after Margherita of Savoy, Queen Consort of Italy during the reign of Umberto I., so yes, it is worthy of royalty.
The only sauce is simply a brushing of olive oil. The toppings, simply pear and cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. But there is beauty in its simplicity. I call it a “button” pizza because the cherry tomatoes, when baked, look like little buttons.
When you are depending on the ingredients to shine like this, though, you need top-notch ingredients. The most important thing is the tomatoes. Use fresh garden tomatoes or some that you got from the farmer’s market or other local market in season. Taste the tomatoes to make sure they are worthy. Use good quality extra virgin olive oil and whole milk mozzarella pearls.
- 1 thin pizza crust (I used this recipe)
- Good quality olive oil
- Several pear and/or cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- Mozzarella pearls
- Coarse sea salt
- Fresh basil leaves
- Preheat the oven to 450 F. Prepare the dough for the crust, then brush the top with olive oil. Bake for about 5 minutes.
- Arrange the tomatoes around the pizza crust and place the small balls of mozzarella between them. Sprinkle the pizza just lightly with a bit of coarse sea salt.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until the mozzarella is nicely melted. While the pizza is baking, roll about 5 - 7 large basil leaves into a roll and slice thin.
- Sprinkle the pizza with the sliced basil and (if you like) a few whole leaves of basil just to make it pretty. Slice and enjoy!
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