(Family Features) Italian cuisine has influenced food culture around the world, and is often viewed as an art form that includes the freshest, most authentic ingredients, prepared with passion and served with love to family and friends. Mealtime is a celebration, captured by the classic Italian proverb, “You never grow old at the table.”
Americans have celebrated Italian food for decades. Classic Italian dishes have been joined by refreshing, modern twists on tradition that help keep the love affair alive and well with this simple, colorful, flavorful, healthy cuisine.
Born in Lucca, Italy, in 1867, Filippo Berio Olive Oil celebrates 150 years of culinary passion and artistry by combining traditional ingredients in contemporary, unexpected recipes that can help you savor the moment.
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For every sweepstakes entry, Filippo Berio will donate $1 to the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), an organization supported by Filippo Berio since its foundation in 1990 that helps prepare disadvantaged youth for jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza
Recipe courtesy of Chef Mary Ann Esposito
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: Two 9- to 10-inch pizzas
- 1 pound store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
- 1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced
- 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
- coarse sea salt
- 2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
- Heat well-oiled cast-iron or nonstick 10- or 12-inch frying pan over medium heat 5 minutes.
- Divide dough in half; roll one half into round 1 inch smaller than diameter of pan. Cook dough in hot pan until dough begins to rise and bottom starts to brown. Using metal spatula, turn carefully. Layer half the tomato slices over dough; scatter half the mozzarella over top. Lower heat to medium-low; cook until mozzarella melts.
- Using metal spatula, transfer pizza to cutting board. Sprinkle with salt; drizzle with half the
- olive oil. Cut into wedges; sprinkle half the basil over top.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients.