We are all of us melting here on the East Coast (and beyond) in a heat wave. It is July. This stuff happens. However, don't let it happen to your pizza. Melted cheese = good. Flopping, listless pizza with frizzy hair and disengaged toppings = bad.
This has not happened to you? Clearly, you do not eat enough pizza in the mid summer sun's direct light.
Picture yourself in a bucolic field, surrounded by daisies, tweeting birds and copious amounts of sunshine. You have just produced a picnic basket of epic proportions and your companion looks on, eagerly anticipating the delicious contents. As you pull napkins, utensils and other non-perishables from it's wickery depths, you reach for the pizza, when - GASP! - you realize it has dematerialized into something resembling the Wicked Witch of the West at ending credits. Hmmm.
Time to rethink everything.
To combat this all-to-prevalent problem, I present you with PICNIC PIZZA (did you hear an echo?). This is thick crust pizza at it's best, stuffed with an assortment of the high summer fruit, figs, jammed with ricotta cheese and prosciutto, and slathered in arugula pesto. You keep the pesto in a jar and slather on-site to reduce transport-related mess.
Genius, no? YES!
You should make some. In order to do so, head on over to Colavita's Facebook Page, like them and download the cookbook. You will find:
1. Instructions on toppings and assembly
2. A thick crust pizza recipe
3. An arugula pesto recipe
4. The photographical stylings of yours truly.
Go do it!! You've got a weekend ahead!