Top This: Mashed Potatoes (à la URBN Coal Fired Pizza/Bar)

Top This

Learn how to work a new topping onto your pies.

[Photographs: Kelly Bone]

Finding myself with a free afternoon in San Diego, I was compelled to check out the Mashed Potatoes pizza at URBN Coal Fired Pizza/Bar (the pie SD contributor, Erin Jackson, named as the most unusual pizzas she's eaten). Plus, being a bit of a pizza nerd, I was eager to see URBN's coal fire oven—one of only two in California (that I know of).

The pie's are a homage to owner Jon Mangini hometown of New Haven, Conn. Like the apizzas of Frank Pepe's and Sally's, URBN's pies are large, thin and served on sheets of wax paper in trays. But unlike Erin's review, during my visit the crust was charred deep into New Haven levels... aka delicious levels.

General Manager, Doug Ritz, assured me the mashed potatoes pizza is a New Haven style (a quick search through the Slice archives proved him right). More than starch-on-starch, the potatoes melt into a lightly whipped buttery air—something a predominantly dairy base can't do. The starchy structure cradles clouds of fresh mozzarella and crisp ribbons of bacon, which balance effortlessly on the thin pliable crust.

Like many great eatable discoveries, an alternative version of this pizza was developed during staff meal. The morning staff began tossing eggs on their pies, and so the Breakfast pizza was born. It began as a silent special, but its popularity earned it a spot on URBN's menu. Instead of bacon, the Breakfast pizza is topped with fresh slices of tomato, bell pepper laced through the mashed potatoes with ready-to-burst baked eggs on top. Served with a requisite side of hot sauce, this pizza is the perfect start to any day.


What You'll Need

  • 1 portion of dough
  • Aged Mozzarella
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Bacon
  • Mashed potatoes (made with the following, or use this recipe)
  • Sour cream
  • Half and half
  • Lots of butter
  • White pepper
  • Salt

Alternative Breakfast Add-ons:

  • Sliced tomato
  • Bell peppers
  • Eggs
URBN Coal Fired Pizza/Bar

3085 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (map) 619-255-7300;