French bread pizza doesn't have to be that boring, overly sweet, soggy staple of cafeteria lunches that we all know. Here's how to make a version that's boldly seasoned, well balanced, and perfectly textured.
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Little Gourmet became my go-to lunch spot during a temporary job in El Segundo. After trying every pizza place in the area, the Cheese Pizza Bread ($2.50) won me over despite being the very definition of Sysco pizza.
A little tomato sauce and grated cheese can transform almost any old bread base—an English muffin, bagel, or a crusty end of French bread—into a the perfect after-school approximation of the best stuff on Earth. While these pizza mutts can never rival the real thing, nostalgia can breed some pretty fierce loyalty to devotees of this class of pizza snack. Which pizza-bread hybrid do you love best?
Most of my French bread pizza memories are unhappy ones involving Stouffers and a microwave, but the Woodwork Pizza ($6) at Prospect Heights sports bar Woodwork gives me a new appreciation for the style.