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Top This: Pizza del Papa (à la Keste)

It's squash season. And you better believe it's always pizza season. At Kesté on Bleecker Street, chef and owner Roberto Caporuscio combines roasted, puréed butternut squash with grated smoked mozzarella and creamy ricotta to create the "butternut squash cream" for his Pizza del Papa.* The pizza is then topped with pools of gooey smoked mozzarella, marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil. All that on Kesté's perfectly bubbly, airy, chewy Neapolitan crust? Man, we just had to make this one at home.

*Pizza del Papa, which means "The Pope's Pizza," received its name after Roberto's teacher, Antonio Starita, presented it to the pope in 2000. This pizza was sanctioned by the pope—you just can't beat that.

What You'll Need (for one pizza)

Kesté Pizza & Vino

271 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014 kestepizzeria.com

About the author: Originally from Los Angeles, Erin Mosbaugh writes Je Blague, where she captures her food adventures in NYC and beyond. Erin also writes dining and nightlife features for Robb Report's New York City.

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