Recipe of the Month: Red, White and Blue Pizza

Ingredients:

1 12” pizza base, pre-baked
12 oz. hazelnut spread
4 oz. mixed red berries (strawberries, raspberries,
cranberries, etc.)
4 oz. mixed dark berries (blackberries, blueberries, etc.)
2.2 oz. melted or shaved white chocolate

Instructions:

Distribute hazelnut spread over prebaked pizza base. Place the blueberries on the outside and then place the red berries in a pile in the center. Drizzle or shave the white chocolate over the fruit. Serve warm.

The Sweet Life

Leave it to the Italians to create something as irresistible as hazelnut spread. First imported from Italy to the United States more than 25 years ago, the dessert spread—a delectable blend of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa—has become a trendy treat with many uses. From cappucinos to truffles and cheesecakes, the spread has gained traction on dessert menus at restaurants around the country. It also just happens to taste delicious on a pizza crust. In fact, a hazelnut spread pizza can generate strong word-of-mouth and press coverage when introduced in your market. Here are some variations on the theme from pizzerias around the country:

The dessert menu at Due Forni (dueforni.com), with locations in Las Vegas and Austin, Texas, boasts the Chocolate Pizza, a Neapolitan crust featuring hazelnut spread, Valrhona chocolate, strawberries, toasted hazelnuts and vanilla gelato.

Customers at Papi’s Pizzeria (papispizzeria.com) in downtown Los Angeles save room for Papi’s Chocolate Pizza Pie, made with a sweetened crust and a layer of chocolate chips and hazelnut spread, topped with baked marshmallows and candied almonds.

Roberto Caporuscio, the renowned pizzaiolo at Kesté Pizza & Vino (kestepizzeria.com) in New York, has earned fame for a specialty dessert pie that combines hazelnut spread, fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, ricotta, powdered sugar, a sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Located in Franklin Square, New York, Olivetto Pizzeria (olivettopizzeria.com) offers five hazelnut spread dessert pies, including a version with crumbled Oreo cookies and another with peanut butter chips.