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May232009

Pizza Quattro Stagioni

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that every Tuesday night in our household is pizza night.  I love that because I never have to think about what to make that night.  I just get the dough going sometime in the afternoon.  I let it proof and then I punch it down, break it up into individual dough balls and then let those rise.  We all fix our own personal size pizza.  I usually fix a vegetarian pizza and if I have some good quality anchovies, I will pop those on, too.  But sometimes I want a little variety and that is the time to make a "Pizza Quattro Stagioni".  This means "four seasons" in Italian and you simply divide the pizza up into four sections. It's traditionally made with artichokes, mozzarella, tomato sauce, ham and olives, but you can play around with it and make it with any combination you like.  

Sometimes, as a food blogger, companies send you samples of their products for you to sample.  Ditalia  sent me this sample of their Mediterranean olives and I chopped these up and added them to the pizza.  If you love all kinds of Italian food you should check out their web site - it's so well done and has so many interesting items and links.   


For the whole explanation of how to make pizza dough, you can go to this post I wrote about how to make homemade pizza.   I talk about using Italian 00 flour in that post, but you can just use regular flour, of course.  I usually make a whole wheat dough for my pizza while my family prefers white flour.  You can also make a dough with half whole wheat flour and half white flour.  Just experiment until you find a dough you like.  You can be so creative with pizza.

UPDATE:  For a discussion of which kinds of flours to use when making homemade pizzas, see this post.

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Reader Comments (16)

Pizza looks wonderful and those olives... YUM!

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

My pizza night is Friday night, and like you, I love that I have at least one night where I don't have to be that creative!

My husband adores Italian olives, I sadly, am only Italian by marriage! :D

Hope you and your family have a great holiday weekend!

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbiz319

Quattro stagione pizza is a problem - which slice to eat? or maybe four slices to sample everything? yes, that sounds about right. your version looks yummy.

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCiao Chow Linda

I love the idea and the olives would by all mine.

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangela@spinachtiger

Your pizza looks yummy and is similar to the type I make. I love experimenting with toppings like a white pizza with goat cheese, mozzarella and artichokes, but I always have to make a margherita for my fussy youngest. What a good idea to have him make his own!

Your pizza looks delicious. I love the variety. What a great combination of flavors. I will definitely make this in my Kitchen Aid, now that I know how to use the dough hook! Thanks for the lesson on pasta and doughs in general.

May 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie M.

yay for pizza night! looks so delicious!

May 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGaby

Wow, Do you know how good that looks? Every section looks delicious, but I'm partial to those artichokes!

May 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProud Italian Cook

Wow, I'm "in transition" right now, and without a kitchen of my own. And looking at your blog is making me LOOOONNNNGGG to be able to make pizza.

May 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarti

The pizza looks yummy and those olives! I've got to get myself some of those. Thanks for the link.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Food Hunter

What can beat homemade pizza! Artichokes and Kalamata olives and spinach and roasted red peppers....oh, the choices for toppings are endless. Yours looks incredibly good.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterARLENE

It's a beautiful thing. What else can I say? xox

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryann

That looks so delicious! Mmmmm...I'm speechless!

May 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesmone007

That looks so beautiful and delicious!

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May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Hi there!
Love your blog!
Wanted to ask, is this dough the same you posted in the Potato pizza recipe?

thanks!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

bellissimo blog - saluti da MILANO-ITALIA - http://cucinadriano.blogspot.com

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