Margherita pizza may be an international classic, but these days
Italy’s producing some considerably more inventive recipes. Over 20 of
Oliver’s Travels villas boast traditional pizza ovens, so if you’re staying
at one of them, get cooking with these three unusual pizza recipes.
Wild Boar Sausage, Caramelised Shallots and Pepperocini
This moreish recipe from Nick Mastrascusa makes
an ideal holiday dish, as you simply won’t find these ingredients
anywhere else. Italian wild boar, or cinghiale, is a true national
delicacy unrivalled by British varieties, with the animals’ foraged
diet of herbs, nuts, and potatoes creating a uniquely smoky flavour.
The taste varies a lot depending on the age of the boar, with the
meat becoming much tougher with age, so ask before you buy. Wild
boar meat is easy to find in Central and Southern Italy, with
Umbria particularly famed for the quality of the cinghiale.
Lemon, Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil
Tourists passing through Campania’s lemon growing regions
will love Robert Caporuscio’s fruity twist on the classic Margherita.
Make the most of your surroundings and source only the finest local
ingredients to turn this into a luxurious treat. Stay on
the Amalfi Coast, an area known for producing the ‘best
lemons in the world,’ to be in easy reach of the deliciously succulent
fruits available at the Pignasecca fruit and vegetable
market. You’ll find locally produced Mozzarella di Bufala Campana
in shops throughout nearby Naples, but look for a specific
cheese store for real quality. Wine connoisseurs tend to recommend
a hearty red with pizza, but we think the zesty tang of this dish goes
perfectly with a soft chardonnay.
Walnut, Pear and Gorgonzola
Italy’s green heartland is blessed with mile upon mile of walnut
orchards and pear trees, so Alena Kogotkova’s recipe showcases
the very best in local vegetarian produce. This topping is crisp, tart
and refreshing, and perfect for unwinding after a summer swim at one of
our Italian villas with pools. A drizzle of honey completes this dish,
so be sure to pick up a jar if you’re visiting Tuscany this summer.
And if your mouth is left watering and you decided that Italy is your next getaway, why not pair the food and wine with a luxurious stay in one of our Italian Villas.