Now, I agree that the best pizza in the world is found in the New York metro area, but I must admit my favorite pizza has... pineapple on it. Not very New York. But tasty, in my book, which is the only book that matters to me. (Reminder: due to staining, stop putting pizza in book.) I live in Los Angeles now, where pineapple is a very accepted pizza additive... if you want to call it pizza. Anyway, it's very simple to make your own pizza at home. Grab a ready-made pizza dough from the supermarket (they have them in NY... I have yet to see any in LA, though...) or go to your favorite local pizza place and see if they'll sell you some on the cheap. If you're up for the challenge and have some time to kill, you can make your own pizza dough—check out The Joy of Cooking.
In any case, get your dough ready however you must (instructions on package/advice from pizza man/wise words from Joy) and preheat your oven to 475°F. Break out a large baking sheet and brush on some olive oil and sprinkle on some cornmeal. Stretch out your dough to fit on the baking sheet; you want it to be pretty thin for the most part and thick on the outside for the crust. You can form the crust by rolling or pinching the dough from the middle to the outside.
|This one's kind of square. Make yours whatever shape you want.|
|Mozzarella cheese, pineapple, and red pepper.|
|The ladle is classic.|
|Use an oven thermometer if you don't trust your oven, like I do. (We have issues.)|
|In New York, we call this a pie. Don't be alarmed.|
(Confession: Sometimes I leave leftover pizza on the counter overnight and eat it cold for breakfast in the morning. It's not just me... right?)
Six Characters in Search of an Author (or Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore), "a comedy in the making" by Luigi Pirandello. Premiered at the Valle Theatre in Rome in 1921.