Slideshow: Top This: Fennel Sausage Pizza at Sora, San Diego

Sora's Fennel Sausage Pizza
Sora's Fennel Sausage Pizza
At Sora, there's no such thing as a hum-drum pie. This white pie topped with pork and fennel sausage, fried sage and leeks, and four types of cheese is a particularly tasty option.
Crust Prep
Crust Prep
Executive Chef Noriyoshi Teruya uses a traditional crust, made with double-zero flour.
Stretching the Crust
Stretching the Crust
The crust is stretched out on a floured surface until it's about twice its original size.
Olive Oil and Mascarpone
Olive Oil and Mascarpone
Extra virgin olive oil is brushed around the edge of the pizza and mascarpone cheese is spread in the center, using the back of a spoon.
Add the Sausage
Add the Sausage
Pre-cooked pork and fennel sausage is placed on top of the mascarpone. It's cut into thin slices (about twice the thickness of pepperoni) and larger pieces that resemble meatballs that are flat on one side. Noriyoshi uses a mild pork sausage, but a spicy one would be tasty too.
Top it with Cheese
Top it with Cheese
Shredded mozzarella and taleggio are added next.
Almost Ready
Almost Ready
The pizza is removed from the oven and is ready for the finishing touches.
Final Touches
Final Touches
Sage leaves and shredded leeks are quickly blanched, dried, and deep-fried before being placed on top of the pie. The final touch is a sprinkling of Parmesan.