Oh, boy. I've been out of the country until today (more on that later) and haven't yet watched these videos from Food52 that went up late last week. Food52's founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, asked me to come by and make the two "finalist" pizzas with them. Let's watch them together here. I hope I don't look like a complete idiot. —The Mgmt.
'Una Pizza Rustica e Autentica for Sophia Loren' by Pierino
In this first one, Amanda and Merrill threw me into the fire, having me roll out the dough for Pierino's Una Pizza Rustica e Autentica for Sophia Loren. This was the more traditional of the two pizzas I'd help with. It was very good and reminded me of my own pizzas I've made at home—when I've been on top of my game. [The second video appears after the jump.]
'Broccoli Rabe, Potato & Rosemary Pizza' by TasteFood
This one, the Broccoli Rabe, Potato, and Rosemary Pizza by TasteFood, had a well-thought-out group of toppings, and the potatoes were shaved just thin enough and sautéed before going on the pie, crisping up nicely in the oven. The flavors were very good on this one.
Thanks to Amanda and Merrill for inviting me along on their Food52 adventure. If you're not familiar with the project, each week they ask Food52'rs to submit their best recipes in a given category. They then narrow down the selections to two finalists that the community then votes on. Winning recipes go into a cookbook to be published after they get through all 52 weeks. I can't wait to see who wins the pizza round. (Voting on the pizza round is open till 5/19/2010 at 12 a.m. ET.)