Top This: How to Make Pickled Vegetable Pizza (à la Best Pizza)

Williamsburg's Best Pizza has been getting a fair amount of attention for its pizza (oh, and these guys liked it, too). But head pizzaman Frank Pinello says he doesn't listen to the hype. He says that if he's doing something right—or something wrong—his customers will tell him about it personally. Seeing how we can't get enough of the Pickled Vegetable Pizzaand everything else served at Best Pizza—I'd say he's doing something very right. So right, in fact, that I raced over to Best to learn how to make the pickled veg for this awesome pie. This is a pickling recipe and pizza recipe in one—the best of both worlds!

What You'll Need (for one pizza)

  • 1 dough portion
  • Fresh mozzarella*
  • Canned tomatoes, put through a ricer
  • Dried oregano

What You'll Need (for the pickled veg)

  • Vegetables for pickling (i.e. thinly sliced red onions and fennel)
  • 1 quart vinegar
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Cheesecloth
  • Butchers' twine
Best Pizza

33 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 (North 7th/North 8th streets; map) 718-599-2210;

* The guys at Best Pizza make their own mozzarella, and if you follow this recipe for homemade mozzarella, so can you!