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Try making these four Italian-inspired pizzas for dinner tonight and cut corners by using whole wheat pitas instead of homemade pizza dough
Save time by using whole wheat pitas for the shells rather than making your own dough
When I found out a few of my girlfriends hadn’t seen the great little romcom The Proposal, I invited them over for dinner and a movie, and was happy to watch it again for the fourth time.
Inspired by an absolutely incredible dinner my husband and I recently had at CinCin, an Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven, I decided to make Italian-inspired pizzas for dinner and search out some of the spectacular wines we had at CinCin to accompany our pizzas.
I unfortunately wasn’t able to find any of the reds we had with our dinner at CinCin, but a very helpful fellow at the Yaletown BC Liquor Store suggested two alternatives that were quite good: the Ricossa Barbaresco, $21.99, and the Masi Valpolicella Classico Superiore, $16.99. To my great delight, and very fittingly, my friend Michele tracked down the delightful wine we’d had for dessert at CinCin, the Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato D’Asti, $17.99.
The last piece of leftover lemon merignue pie from the foodie behind Crass Cuisine
We were all very fortunate to get to try one of the knock-your-socks-off pie creations from my friend Jessica, food blogger extraordinaire. She’s been on a pie kick lately and we got to try her first-ever lemon meringue pie.
Playing host certainly had its benefits as I got to have the leftover pie for lunch the next day (which I begrudgingly shared with my husband). Check out Jessica’s food blog, Crass Cuisine, for her coconut cream pie recipe (if you’re offended by crass language, consider this your warning).
We made four kinds of pizza – margarita, Italian sausage with sauteed onions and mushrooms, prosciutto with olives and sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach with feta and white sauce – which were set up in four make-your-own-pizza stations. They were Italian-inspired rather than Italian pizzas because I cut corners on the shells and used store-bought whole wheat pitas instead of making pizza dough from scratch, and I also used tomato paste instead of making homemade pizza sauce.
Based on Canada’s Food Guide recommendations, each pizza serves 1.
Ingredients (per pizza)
Ingredients (per pizza)
Catherine Roscoe Barr, BSc Neuroscience, is a Vancouver-based writer, editor, and fitness professional. Before settling on the west coast she lived in Sydney, Toronto, Oregon, Montana, and practically everywhere in Alberta. She can be found jogging with her adorable dog, dining with her fabulous husband or voraciously reading anywhere comfy.