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Whether you call it, late summer or early fall, this season is the ideal time for an evening of pizza.  Our test kitchen selections were crafted with Crudo Extra Virgin Olive Oil and we substituted Franca Franzoni Chestnut Honeyfor the “standard” wildflower honey in the recipe. The chestnut honey added a delightful, subtle nuttiness to the crust.

With this pizza dough recipe, you can make the dough in the morning, and return home in the evening ready to bake crispy and flavorful pizzas.

The two accompanying photos show our two sets of toppings:

Pizza 1: Roasted Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers, and Roasted Garlic,Shredded cheese, mostly mozzarella, topped with Arugula immediately after being removed from the oven
Pizza 2: Calabrese Salami, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Shredded cheese, mostly mozzarella

Shortcuts:
Il Boschetto Bruschetta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
De Carlo Sun Kissed Tomatoes
Trentasette Black Olive Spread

Use the linked Pizza Dough Recipe for guidance on baking time.

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I don’t know if my children read this blog. If they do, I will soon be in trouble. But sometimes I’m just a kid and I like to see what I can get away with. As a mother in the food business, it can be fun to expand the offerings at home.

Now these are children who at age one ate spicy salsa in Southern California, at age 8 ate rabbit and boar in Tuscany, and at age 10 at mussels in Galway, Ireland. Sometimes, if they haven’t been told what they are eating, they are more….adventurous.

The foods of Southern Italy seem to be perfect matched to hot summer nights. Just recently we had an easy dinner of pasta with Villa Cappelli Spaghettata (from Puglia) to spice things up. If I had offered them anchovies, I’m sure the answer would have been far from affirmative. So, when I was alone in the kitchen, I tossed a teaspoonful of Colatura di Alici (from Campania) into the sauce. The Vicidomini Spaghetti Chitarra (also Campania) was the pasta of the night. All were combined and the dish was rapidly consumed.

There was something more….interesting….about the dish when served with Colatura di Alici. It brought out food magic with umami. Highly recommended.

Olio2go's favorites from Campania

Olive Oil, Pasta, and Jam from Campania

What will they think of next? De-Stoned Olive Oil? To some producers, De-Stoned Olive Oil is a choice made for “better” flavor characteristics and some find the oil to be sweeter when the stones or pits are removed before pressing.

Our new selection is RARO Denocciolato Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Salerno area of Campania. Denocciolato means that this is a de-stoned oil.

At Olio2go, we also carry Gargiulo’s Venus Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sorrento,  pastas from Pastificio Vicidomini near Naples, and Maida Pere e Noci Jam from Salerno.

To make the most of these traditional oils, pasta, and jam, we sought a good reference for recipes that are representative of the region. Take a look at the recipes on the site of the Italian Trade Commission and also the more user-friendly recipes at RusticoCooking.

Vicidomini Eliche Cascarecce -- It's pasta!

Vicidomini Eliche Cascarecce -- It's pasta!

Around here we’re calling it “Vici”  (VEE-chee) — that’s the Vicidomini artisanal pasta from a family that’s been making pasta commercially since 1812. (Do I hear an overture?) Vicidomini comes to us from near Salerno in Campania — the land of buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes! No wonder they have the best pasta. It’s well priced at $6.50 per 500 gram bag. Try it with a local olive oil such as Gargiulo’s Syrenum DOP Penisola Sorrentina 2008 or a Sicilian, Santisi 2008.