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If it’s one thing we eat a lot of around here, it’s pizza. I can’t help it. I’m Italian. I grew up on pasta and pizza, it’s in my blood. Rob now jokes that maybe he’s really Italian and not Cuban, because he’s grown to love Italian food so much. What’s not to love about the doughy and saucy and cheesy goodness?
We’ve been out back grilling a lot more, and I don’t know what took us so long to throw some pizza dough on the barbecue and have a little fun with it. A while back when we got really into Master of None, we watched a ton of interviews with Aziz Ansari all about his time in Italy. We loved his love for pizza and thought about one day adding a pizza oven to our backyard the way he did. One of our favorite interviews (or videos rather) with him was with local Phoenix restauranteur Chris Bianco, who makes the best pizza in town! If you want a good laugh, check it out here.
Life with our Weber Genesis II is like a whole new world of summer food fun and we quickly realized we don’t need a pizza oven to express our love for pizza. The other day we took our first stab at it with some of Bianco’s red sauce (of course) to really channel the good pizza vibes. 😉
Next time I think we’ll use Weber’s pizza stone, just to get that perfect shape and even char, but I have to say even without the stone, the pizza was really good. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. It may look a little wonky, but it was super tasty and we had so much fun out in the yard throwing some cheese around and enjoying this crazy beautiful weather.
If you decide to try out some pizza on the grill without a pizza stone, like we did, make sure to use some olive oil and cook the dough for a few minutes on one side first. Take it off the grill with a pizza paddle (regular BBQ tools like these work fine too), flip it, and add your toppings to the cooked side and then throw it back on for a few minutes until your cheese gets all perfectly melted. We went with a classic margarita style, but next time we might get more fancy.
We used to do pizza night a lot when we were dating. I love doing it outside on the barbecue now, rather than heating up the oven in the kitchen like we used to do. The grill has a large grilling surface and wide range of heat control, which allows you to get the perfect brick oven pizza feel right in your own backyard. Afterwards we enjoyed some ice cream while Henry ran around the yard. We always need a sweet treat after dinner. We lit some candles to keep those pesky bugs at bay and whipped out the playing cards like and old couple. Rummy anyone? Hah!
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