The Ultimate Pizza Night Menu
Anchovy Oil Pesto-and-Greens Pizza
When it comes to old school Neapolitan, do as the Romans do, and look to the anchovy. These little firecrackers of flavor are particularly great whirled into pesto with your requisite cheese, nuts, and fresh herbs. Layer the deeply savory (dare we say, revelatory) sauce with peppery greens and feta for a paradigm-changing pizza.
Classic Cast Iron Pizza Pie
Nostalgic cast iron pies are back in style, like this cheesy, chewy example piled high with pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, and extra mozz. The only thing missing from this throwback from the ‘80s pizza taverns of yore: some faux wood paneling, a red-checkered tablecloth, and maybe a stand-up arcade game in the corner.
Recipe: Classic Cast Iron Pizza Pie
White Pizza with Oyster Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
Ditch the traditional tomato base for a four-part harmony of cheeses—we’re talking buttery fontina, melty mozzarella, sharp Parmigiano-Reggiano, and nutty gorgonzola—and you’ll be a white pie convert. Topping-wise, you can’t go wrong with just a glisten of olive oil, but we suggest some sweet leeks and earthy, meaty oyster mushrooms.
Throw pizza protocol out the window with creamy, ricotta-like Cloumage from coastal Massachusetts and spicy Calabrian ‘nduja, a spreadable sausage similar to chorizo. A reserved smattering of clams adds just the right accent of brine and salt.
Recipe: Clam-and-’Nduja Pizza
Thai Sweet Chili Vinaigrette
Cross classic Italian dressing with Vietnamese Nuoc Cham and you have something like this sweet and fiery vinaigrette made with bird’s eye chilies, also called Thai chilies. Drizzle over your favorite greens, use as a dipping sauce for eggrolls, or spice up your crudité platter—it’s that versatile.
Recipe: Thai Sweet Chili Vinaigrette
Roasted Jalapeno Buttermilk Dressing
A Southwestern touch—warm cumin, fragrant cilantro, earthy tomatillos—sends routine ranch south of the border. Bestow the zesty goodness on a hearty pile of Romaine or Little Gem lettuce, or thicken it for a creamy complement to chips and salsa.