Requesting Real Recipes?

by HEAB on March 24, 2011

Homemade pizza has always intimidated me as I’ve had several crust mishaps in my past. However, after discovering socca crust, I realized that homemade pizza does not have to be complicated. I tried a new crust recipe for lunch today. It was easy. I’m no longer intimidated.


Recipe adapted from The Real Food Diet Cookbook.


1 cup brown rice flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill, but you can easily make your own)

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 gram Steviva stevia

1 TBSP butter, melted

1 egg white


Pre-heat oven to 425℉. Mix all ingredients together and press into an 8 x 8 greased glass baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.


Now comes the fun part, the toppings!

For pizza sauce, stir together the following:

1/2 6 ounce can tomato paste (1/4 heaping cup)

1 gram pure stevia or 1 packet of stevia

1 TBSP Italian seasonings

water to thin

Pizza Assembly:

I browned 1/4 lb. grass fed beef with 1/2 green bell pepper, 1/4 onion, and a few mushrooms. I then spread the sauce on my pizza, added the beef + veggie mixture, and baked in a 350℉ for 15 minutes. Once the pizza was done, I drizzled 2 slices with Heather’s sunflower seed butter cheeze sauce.


Today’s pizza did not take long to make and was quite tasty. I am loving all the ideas from this cookbook!

Remember these salmon cakes?


The recipe was adapted from The Real Food Diet Cookbook as well.

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The Real Food Diet Cookbook contains 130 simple recipes using nothing but real, natural food. Would you like a copy? If so, please leave a comment below telling me about your favorite pizza restaurant, and I’ll choose one random winner. I’ll go first. My favorite pizza restaurant was Davinci’s Gourmet Pizza here in Nashville, but it recently closed. So, I’ve decided my new favorite is Bella Napoli Pizzeria. Love their pesto veggie!


beth March 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

HomeMade Pizza Company in Chicago!

Tenaya March 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Well….it used to be Magpie’s in Tucson, because that was where we ordered from all the time. But now we eat Time Market Pizza in Tucson. So yummy….
I think beekeats would even vouch for that one. πŸ˜‰

MorganAK March 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

My FAVORITE pizza place is called the Moses Tooth. Its in Alaska and it makes the absolute best pizza on earth!!

Amber March 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

My favorite pizza place in TX is Palio’s Pizza… OH YUMMY!!!! My favorite pizza place in MO is Arris’ Pizza! πŸ™‚

Howard From Seattle March 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

Being born in Chicago, my favorite pizza place is Lou Malnatis pizzeria in Chicago. The dough is thick and the toppings just flow. Yum!

Thanks, Howard

Emily March 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

i have to go to a long time ago :). It’s Sistina, a pizza place offering in Sinapore, and my very first introductio to thin crust pizza. Oh my! Growing up I’ve always eaten pizza hut (the equivalent of domino’s), i guess,greasy, oily, and then when I had Sistina’s for the first time, I felt as if my palette opened up instantaneously. No longer was the pizza dominated by thick cheesey crust, but a perfect balance of fresh pesto or tomato as base, along with herbs…

Since then, I’ve moved to the US and have had the many excelelnt pizza offerings here…from Bertucci’s to Upper Crust, but that memory still stays with me…

Cathy March 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I usually don’t eat pizza, but I am going to start right now with this recipe and make it tonight. My favorite pizza place will be my kitchen with your posted recipe. Looks great!

Leslie March 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I love Damgoode Pies. They have great pizzas and salads

Courtney March 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I’ve been eating just real food for a couple months now and love it! It would be so great to have a book to get me out of my recipe rut, though.
My absolute favorite pizza can be found at a little place in Florence, Italy called Gusta Pizza – I am a huge pizza lover and have NEVER before tasted such amazingly fresh and delicious pizza!!!!

andrea March 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

My favorite pizza place is called crust. They have a nice variety of this crust pizza( may favorite kind)!

Jamie March 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Oh, wait! I’m changing my mind.

My favorite has to be the single slice of hamburger pizza that comes in a cardboard triangle box at Memorial Stadium during Husker games!

Go Big Red!

Jamie March 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

My husband and I used to live in San Jose, but moved back to Nebraska a couple years ago. Second only to the sunshine, I miss Tomatina’s brick oven pizza…Ok, I miss the shopping quite a bit too!

Taya March 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm

The best pizza place (in my opinion) here in St.louis is called Pi. (hee hee, I love the pun!) they do thin crust, which I usually prefer, but their deep dish is the best! They use a cornmeal crust, and their sauce is made only from tomatoes! Plus it’s totally non-greasy, and they have scrumptious toppings combinations with tons of fresh, local veggies!

M March 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

There is a great pizzeria near my apartment also called Napoli, I love it! Thin crust is my favorite. This cookbook looks divine!

Katherine: Unemployed March 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

socca is just everywhere; I feel like the only kid without an ipod or something

Mallory March 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

so this is a stretch… BUT. i don’t know the name of my favorite pizza restaurant… it’s in Paris. i went there with a high school “whirlwind tour of Europe” group first thing off of our flight. suuuper thin crust and minimal toppings. followed by the same thin crust with fruit toppings for dessert. YUM.

if i have to go with one i actually remember, i’d have to say Glass Nickel Pizza in Madison, WI.

Monica March 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

That cookbook sounds awesome!

My favorite pizza restaurant, that I seriously dream about, is called Zachary’s in Berkley. Magical. Seriously. It is traditional Chicago style pizza, but with west coast flair and healthy ingredients. Plus, they are not shy with the garlic, which makes me love them even more! Great micro-beer selection on tap. College campus town pizza place feel, with amazing customer service. BEST PIZZA EXPERIENCE, from top to bottom. Yum, maybe pizza is the only thing I can eat today without getting sick to my stomach.

leah March 26, 2011 at 9:49 am

Spicy Pie in Fargo! Heab, we got 8 inches of snow this week and it made me really crabby too. Don’t fret – spring is almost here!

katelyn s. March 26, 2011 at 8:19 am

pizza luce in minneapolis! yummy, i want some now!

Emily March 26, 2011 at 7:32 am

My favorite pizza place is called Metro Pizza. They make pizza like the kind my husband grew up with in New York. He gets so giddy over it that I can’t help but love it.

Lynn March 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm

My favorite pizza place is my mother-in-law’s house! She often babysits on the weekends and when she brings our son home, she tends to bring whole pizzas! And they are always healthy & she makes us salads too! I love her πŸ™‚

Konnie March 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Here in Orlando, FL… Mellow Mushroom. Oh. My. Heavenly. Stars. I could die and go to heaven every time I eat a piece. It’s so good, it’s the only thing I craved the whole time I was pregnant with my daughter. It reminds me of the family-owned Italian restaurants we go to up in Pittsburgh when we go visit family!

Erin B March 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

BABA LOUIES in Great Barrington MA. Wood fired, natural ingredients and great atmosphere. The Dolce Vite is amazing.

Pure2raw twins March 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

pizza looks great! simple and perfect πŸ™‚

Alina March 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Piecora’s in Seattle. I usually love all sorts of toppings, but their plain cheese is plain perfection.

Noelle March 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Naples Pizza! A little family pizzeria that was around the corner from the house in which I grew up. Bubbly thin crust, cheese that would melt the roof of your mouth off, and $1.50 a slice!

Heather March 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

my favorite pizza place is a new local place i visited for the first time when i was home over winter break – it’s called cavallis and they serve the most delicious thin crust pizza with toppings of your choice!

Cara @ March 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I just have to comment on that crust – YUM! What an awesome alternative to traditional pizza crust which I seem to never get right either! Succa crust, here I come πŸ™‚ Thanks!!!

courtney March 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

It’s a tie between Fat Sully’s here in Denver for thin crust pizza, and the Mellow Mushroom for amazing calzones… now I think I need to have pizza for dinner! πŸ™‚

Anna K March 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

My favorite local pizza place is Dewey’s Pizza. I believe that they are regional,and we have one here in Cleveland. I like everything about the place. It’s family friendly, so I always feel comfortable taking my toddler and baby there. My 4 year old loves it because they have windows so that you can see right in to the kitchen. You can watch the pizza chef make your pizza from beggining to end, and my son gets a kick out of watching him throw the pizza dough in to the air. They use local and unique ingredients. They have unique pizza names like “The Edgar Allen Poe”, and “the green lantern”. The Edgar Allen Poe is topped with olive oil, mozzarella, mushrooms, roasted garlic, kalamata olives, goat cheese, fresh tomatoes, and parsley. you are only given 2 choices for desserts, but the desserts are locally made from a nearby bakery. Nothing is frozen or processed. Everything is fresh and made in house. I highly recommend this place πŸ™‚

Jill Mongene March 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

My favorite pizza place hmm…from when I was a kid, I loved Little Caesars – that baby pan pan. Lived on it 24/7!! Then, my best ever pizza was in Chicago at Gino’s. YUM!! And now my favorite is again, a Michigan legend – Jet’s! The supreme all corners is the best ever!!

I am so sad DaVinci’s closed – we never made our pizza date with you and CD. But, maybe by winning the cookbook I can at least make more real food like you do. You totally inspire me by your recipes. And, I was SO excited to see that you met Mama Pea and her pealings. Her cookbook will be incredible too…will def. get my hands on that!



Candyce March 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

We loved Da Vinci’s as well. We’re over in East Nashville, and generally do Castrillos or Italia. Whenever we do Italia, I tend to go for the dolmades. Neither place is as good as Da Vinci’s, of course, but Castrillos lets me do no cheese with artichoke hearts and spinach. Italia has a very tasty hummus pizza. We’ll have to try Bella Napoli.

Sue Bathalon March 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

My favorite is Upper Crust Pizza here in Boston. They are always awesome!

Tracy March 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

My favorite pizza restaurant is Spin! Pizza in Overland Park, KS. I’m obsessed! I have to have it at least once a week.

Michelle March 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

My favorite pizza place has to be California Pizza Kitchen. It may not be local or the healthiest but it so tasty!

Renee March 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

My favorite pizza place is Minsky’s in Kansas City, the crust is amazing!

Meg W March 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I actually make my own whole grain dough from the book “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day” which usually satisfies my pizza crazing. Otherwise I love Old Chicago…I know, it’s a chain with horrible ingredients but it’s yummy and sometimes good for a treat.

Clabbermouth March 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I noticed you use a lot of brown rice flour and almond flour. Do you avoid try to wheat?

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Yeah, not a fan of wheat. I’m not gluten intolerant or anything. I simply prefer other grains.

Kari March 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm

My favorite pizza place is actually a small chain pizzeria in NW Ohio called Pisanello’s. I haven’t had pizza in a year though, since having Wren, because of the milk intolerance Wren had/discovering I broke out when I ate dairy products.

Monica March 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I love Pizza Amore! It’s so delicious and fresh tasting! The greek pizza is to die for…they have so many original, groumet kinds of pizza. In fact I love it so much they are catering our wedding in July! πŸ™‚ Yay!

esther March 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

ummm…I love dominos! Is that lame? They’re thin crust pizza with spinach and tomatoes rocks!

Colleen March 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

My favorite pizza place is Picasso’s in Madison, WI, because I work there and get all my pizza for free!!! (And also, they’ve got awesome pizza!)

Susan March 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

Embarrassingly, my favourite pizza place is a Canadian chain called Pizza Delight. Definitely not high class, but it’s the stuff I grew up on and what my “pizza tastes” were shaped around. Their Greek pizza is my favourite pizza in the whole wide world. Closely followed by their dessert pizza with baked apples and crumble on top πŸ˜‰

Kate March 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

Moose’s Tooth in Anchorage, AK!

Miranda (Untamed Kitchen) March 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

I love Dewey’s Pizza (I’ve eaten there in St. Louis) and Bazbeaux Pizza in Indianapolis. I need to try my hand at making a gluten/sugar/dairy free pizza because I definitely miss the stuff!

Sparkle Noble March 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

We have a local chain pizzeria here in south Louisiana called Diangelo’s. They have delicious pizza and great salads. They also give the kids dough to play with and let them make their own pizzas on Tuesday nights, which is fun.

Lauren S March 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

My favorite pizza is a place near my house called Cuzzins. It is delicious and they never work hard so that you don’t have to wait an hour like a lot of the other places near me.

Amy March 25, 2011 at 9:51 am


Tee March 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

Flatbread in Pai’a Maui! Simple, organic, fresh and…ummm AMAZING! I have snuck pizza leftovers to our home from there… on the plane…in my purse.

Chandra March 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

Zwanzig’s. It’s so good!! Love this place…it’s a friday night fave of ours!

Dena Harris March 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

Ooooh… I love cookbooks. I’m vegetarian/almost vegan and I’ll still sit down and flip through a meat-eaters cookbook, I love them so much. Cookbook porn.

Hmm, I live in the boondocks of NC so not a lot of great pizza restaurants around me, but I do enjoy a little local place called Star Pizza that has greasy booths and paper napkin dispensers on the table. They also cut their pizza into squares, which for some reason pleases me.

Shauna March 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

For just regular no-time-to-cook-don’t-wanna-spend-a-fortune family feeding occasions, we love Papa Murphy’s. Fortunately, we don’t love the pizzeria across the street. πŸ˜‰ I like making flatbread pizza at home, too. My favorite is barbecue chicken with slaw on top from Pamela Anderson’s The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight.

I love my chiropractor, but she’s not as hot as Josh….

Melissa B. March 25, 2011 at 9:18 am


Well, the best pizza I have ever had was deep dish in Chicago at Giordano’s- which I see others have posted as well. It is so amazingly good- I ate an entire pie by myself. I was traveling with my boss at the time, and I think he gained a new respect for me, lol. Around where I live (PA), there is an Italian market called Russo’s that makes a bangin’ Sicilian pie, which is my local fave. Huge and cheap- can’t beat it!

P.S. You inspired me to make some cornbread, which I love, but have not had in eons. It should go great with my buffalo chili on Sunday! xxxx

Katy March 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

I need to try socca! It looks delicious and so easy! My favorite pizza shop definitely has to be Serious Pie here in Seattle. The truffle mushroom pizza is out of this world!

Jennie March 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

Pizza Doctors in La Crosse, WI (
They have a trail mix dessert pizza that is sooooo yummy (peanut butter topped with M&Ms, chocolate chips, nuts, sunflower seeds, and raisins)!

Kristin March 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

Ooooooh I love homemade pizza. I’ll have to try the socca crust and sunflower seed cheesy sauce. Mmmmmm.

My favorite pizza place just opened in my neighborhood. It’s a locally owned place that has a gluten free crust, daiya and huge yummy veggies stacked on top of the pie. It’s expensive so I usually make my own.

Megan March 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

I would LOVE to have this cookbook!! My favorite pizza joint in Atlanta is Antico Pizza. I’ve only been once, but the pizza transformed me back to Italy. Doesn’t get any better than that.

jessica a. March 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE Dr. Josh Axe! Would love this book as well πŸ˜‰ My favorite pizza place is a tough choice…..If I have to go out- Porta Via hands down! The dark chocolate and raspberry gelato is killer, but back to the pizza…..They are all incredible! As of late, however, the pizza coming from my kitchen, via baby daddy ;), is out of this world! Craving BBQ chicken pizza, ok….craving onions, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and salami pizza, ok…..all on homemade dough and served hot from the oven while I elevated the piggies:) LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Caitlin March 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

Looks good!

My ultimate fave is in NYC at the most amazing little restaurant near my apartment. It is the best because they put truffle oil on almost everything! their best pizza is a classic margarhita style. if you’re in town, check it out!

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free March 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

I love making pizza. I actually think the misshapen ones look so cool! They look like pizza masterpieces!

The thing with gluten free crusts, though, is that they glob a lot. I like my crusts thin, so I discovered that if you wet your hands frequently, you can “smooth out” the pizza as thin as you want for the desired shape. First I tried using oil, but it became too darn oily.

brandi March 25, 2011 at 8:06 am

that pizza looks so good and easy!

My favorite pizza place is a local restaurant called The Palisades. They have this huge brick oven and it is awesome.

Veronica March 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

My favorite place has a silly name, Flippers, but awesome pizza. It’s a small chain in Florida. Their crust is thin, but not too thin. Has great “chew” factor. Also they have really fresh toppings to choose from. I always get fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and goat cheese. So yummy!

sara March 25, 2011 at 7:58 am

My favorite pizza restaurant is a small local owned shop called South Phila Pizza in Ohio. I could devour the whole thing I swear!

Tammy A. March 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

Mine would have to be Settebello in Salt Lake City. Not only is it the best authenic pizza I’ve ever had here in the states, it’s where my husband took me on our first date, so it holds an extra special place in my heart. Yum!

sue h. March 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

I like english muffin pizzas!

Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) March 25, 2011 at 7:39 am

What a great idea for a pizza crust, looks great!


McIntosh March 25, 2011 at 7:31 am

Perfect timing! I’ve been craving pizza and also was about to look up an easy recipe for the crust and the sauce…my favorite parts!

Hands down my fave pizza place….Bruno’s in Reading, PA! Best crust and full of memories….nostalgia in a pizza!!!!!!!!!!

Emily March 25, 2011 at 7:12 am

My faaavorite pizza restaurant is this little place nearby called Off the Vine; they make whole-wheat flatbread pizzas to your preferences with delicious fresh toppings, love it! Also, I’m sooooo excited that you gave me an easy recipe for brown-rice pizza crust! I have a huge bag of flour waiting to be used and am hungry for pizza πŸ™‚

Meaghan March 25, 2011 at 7:11 am

I am in love with salty-sweet combos, so my favorite pizza is gorgonzola, fig, and prosciutto from Tavern in the Square in Cambridge, MA

Keegan March 25, 2011 at 6:42 am

I was definitely a Domino’s kid growing up and now I can even walk by one. We’ve got a local shop called Cogan’s, which makes great! pizza- it’s just not gluten free. There’s not a lot of GF options around here so I’m still searching…

Erin March 25, 2011 at 6:32 am

Brixx makes a great Roasted Vegetable pizza with a whole wheat crust and vegan cheese πŸ™‚

Thanks for a fantastic site with lots of great info and ideas!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

You’re welcome. Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

tea-bag March 25, 2011 at 6:25 am

my fav pizza restaurant was a place in berkeley called zachary’s that specialized in chicago-style deep dish pizza. step one: place order for a deep dish w/out cheese plus spinach and mushrooms. step two: go get a beer at the bar down the street. step three: finally get a table in the crowded restaurant. step four: dive in head first and try not to get tomato sauce in your eyes, nose, hair. actually, hair is okay – it just leaves more for later!

i actually got mugged at gunpoint once after eating there & the bastards stole my leftover zachary’s as well as my wallet! i think i was as pissed about my pizza as i was about my mula!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:43 am

They stole your pizza? Seriously?!? Wow, it must be really good. πŸ˜‰

tea-bag March 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

oh, it was good! but trick was on them when they realized it didn’t have cheese! ha! there is justice!! πŸ™‚

btw, i love tahini, i love baker’s unsweetened chocolate & thanks to you, I realized the two flavors are OUT OF THIS WORLD together. so freaking good!

also, summer is one of the cutest babies i’ve ever seen – and i hate children, so that’s a huge compliment. πŸ™‚

Meghan @ StruggleMuffins March 25, 2011 at 6:19 am

This looks amazingly easy – I must try! I always stay away from savory recipes (i.e. anything that’s not oatmeal, pancakes, or muffins) but this looks too easy breezy to mess up πŸ™‚
My fave pizza is from Peace O Pie in Boston – they make a bunch of vegan pizzas mmmm

marty March 25, 2011 at 5:10 am

Alright HEAB and Heather – I tried finding the Sunflower seed cheeze sauce to make to put on the HEABs pizza I’ll be making tomorrow night, great Friday night dinner! But alas, I can’t find it on Heather’s blog! I might have to resort to Daiya then, which is actually amazing, but spendy!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:45 am

Heather combines sunflower seed butter, nutritional yeast, and water for a cheezy sauce. She usually pours it over her veggies, but it was lovely atop the pizza. I used 1 TBSP of the seed butter + 1 TBSP nooch and just enough water to make it drizzable. Perfect! πŸ™‚

Marty March 25, 2011 at 4:53 am

And – it’s so fun to read all the great pizza places ALL over the country! Amazing how one simple recipe can invoke such joy of eating!

Marty March 25, 2011 at 4:36 am

Heather – OMG – that pizza looks awesome and perhaps with an egg sub I can try it tomorrow night for dinner! Yum!

Fav pizza? When I was not Gluten-free or knew it and it could eat dairy (zit city!)? Either local pizza/italian restaurants here in Fairbanks, AK, Gambardella’s or College Town Pizza. I’ve tried Annie’s, rice crust, cheese free, and well, I think I’ll try your version above!

Dr. Axe – Omg – he’s so dang cute! I love his website, some great information, exercises and recipes. I would LOVE his cookbook, even for a vegan, I’m sure there’s plenty in it for me to enjoy!

Missing a picture of Summer today! xoxoxo m

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

You’re so funny. Dr. Axe is a chiropractor here in Nashville. I’ve never been to see him, but several of my friends are patients and rave about him (his practice, not his looks. πŸ˜‰ )

More pics of Summer soon I’m sure.

Suzanne March 25, 2011 at 4:26 am

My fave is pizzeria is Vinnie’s Pizza in Bloomfield, NJ. They have a whole wheat thin “cracker crust” which is to die for!

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast March 25, 2011 at 4:22 am

Oh and if you haven’t tried oat groats before, I highly recommend them. I bought them from Legacy Valley (gluten free) off Amazon and am hooked. I thought of you since I know you love your oats. πŸ˜‰

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

I love oat groats. Cook them in my rice cooker and use them to make my raw oatgurt. Glad you were able to find some gluten free ones! πŸ™‚

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast March 25, 2011 at 4:18 am

Oh my, that crust recipe is too good to be true! It looks so simple! My favorite pizza restaurant would have to be Uno’s since they’re the only one that provides gluten-free pizza locally. But I liked them before too, they have amazing deep dish pizzas. I used to love the four-cheese. πŸ™‚

Hannah March 25, 2011 at 4:14 am

I’ve never made any kind of pizza! In fact, I can’t even remember when I last ate pizza… this looks fantastic though!

Andrea M March 25, 2011 at 4:01 am

ooo! I keep running into this cookbook but haven’t been able to get it into the budget yet- my favorite pizza is a Cincy favorite – LaRosa’s Pizza…Oh my. I love the traditional crust but especially love the pizza sauce. There is none like it. Mmm. PS – you’ve probably seen this, but if not check out Ashley’s -the edible perspective- Socca Pizza crust – it is really delish and not intimidating (I know it can be and I am with ya on that one). Plus my husband liked it and that’s sayin’ something πŸ™‚ …love your recipes!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

I’ve seen Ashley’s pizza crust – I love just staring at her photos. They’re so beautiful, and all of her recipes are wonderful.

Alissa @ Not Just Apples March 25, 2011 at 2:47 am

My favorite pizza place is called Maxi Pizza and it’s in the south of France in a little town called Villefranche-sur-Mer – they serve an unbelievable seafood pizza (or fruits de mer) with this awesome herb oil drizzled on top. There’s nothing better than a sunny day, sat by the sea with one of these πŸ™‚

Pickynikki March 25, 2011 at 1:34 am

We usually make our own… but for take out (live rural and that is rare!) is Panago. They have a lot better choices than places like pizza hut! lol From Whole wheat crusts, to Lots of veggie options.

Emily March 25, 2011 at 12:34 am

I love Ray’s pizza in New York City!

dana March 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

Ledo Pizza in Adelphi, Maryland has been around forever. My dad lived nearby and grew up eating it, and used to take my mom on dates there when she moved to Maryland for college. Whenever we go to MD, I always have to get some pizza. My dad and I once ordered a partially cooked pie to fly home to Florida with us, so that my mom could enjoy some of this delicious square pizza. They make it with a thin pastry crust, and the sauce is just perfect.

McIntosh March 25, 2011 at 7:35 am

Dana I have to comment on your comment…sorry (:…I’ve lived in MD and around it for twenty years and STILL haven’t gone to Ledo’s! I can’t believe it! Everyone raves about it though so it’s on my list…thanks for the reminder (:

betty@runbetty March 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Hands down favorite pizza = Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, AZ. It is easily worth the 3 hour (or more) wait – besides, with the adorable bar next door, you can while away the hours with a yummy bottle of wine!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

I’ve hear of Pizzeria Bianco and want to go every time we visit our in-laws in Phoenix, but CD refuses to go to restaurants that have a long wait. πŸ™

betty@runbetty March 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

Oh boo! This is one of the very very rare places I think is worth it. Maybe they have takeout? (Website says no, but internet says yes…Hmmm.)

Vanessa March 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

My favourite pizza joint is Campus Pizza from my uni days. Tasted like cardboard, bland…but cheap and gigantic slices!

Michelle March 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Kyleena’s Meatball Pie at The Secret Stash in Crested Butte, CO
Especially after a day of skiing

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’d order the Pinhead Pesto. That place sounds amazing!

Baking Serendipity March 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I am definitely up for an easy to handle homemade pizza crust πŸ™‚ This looks awesome!

dianna March 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

casa bianca in eagle rock (close to pasadena), ca! woot woot!
seriously, the best, old-school pizza place, lots of fresh fennel in their sauce. supremely delicious!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Pizza Bella in San Diego! I will never find anything better πŸ™‚

Bobbi S. March 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm

My fav pizza of late is Gambino’s….so yummy….sooooo many calories. :/

Katie March 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm

First time poster here……. I just had to mention my most favorite pizza. Ken’s Artisan Pizza in Portland, OR The crust is hand tossed, they use just a light amount of sauce and bake all pizza’s in a wood-fired oven. The ingredients are local, fresh and make the pizza’s taste like magic. YUM!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

Thanks for reading. Ken’s Artisan Pizza sounds yummy. I’d love to try the fennel sausage and onion pizza! πŸ™‚

Megan March 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

My favorite pizza restaurant is Stone Hearth Pizza in Boston, MA. I love it because #1, they offer gluten-free crust. Secondly, all their ingredients are locally source, most are organic, and they cook their pie in a wood fire oven. When you put all those things together it makes for one delicious pizza.

Kelli March 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

There’s a place called The Hawk Creek Cafe on the coast in Oregon close to LIncoln City, and they serve their pizza with honey to dip your crust into!

Muriel March 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm


The G.A.S.P. Garlic, Artichoke Hearts, Sundried Tomatos, Pesto

A Washinton Fave…must go order one….NOW!!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

Sounds like my kind of pie. LOVE pesto on my pizza. πŸ™‚

Katie March 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Okay, I really want this cookbook!

My favorite pizza place is this whole in the wall dive called Cranky Pats that is in the town I grew up. They make the greasiest thin crust pizza I have EVER had and it makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

jenny eats nutella from a spoon March 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

i love this greek resto Olympia’s in Vancouver… they have the freshest toppings like shrimp.

Heather @ kissmybroccoli March 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Ahh, so glad you got in on the sunbutter/nooch lovin’! Gud stuff, gud stuff! I’ll have to try it on a pizza sometime!

I haven’t been to many pizza restaurants, but I was really impressed when I went to Mellow Mushroom! I could not believe the never-ending list of pizza toppings! I ended up getting the veggie/tofu and it was incredible!

Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

when i was a kid it was all about round table pizza, because we knew the owners and they’re pizzas were no where near the “fast kinds” you got at like pizza hut. man i miss that place.

CH March 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

My fave pizza place is this tiny joint down the street that serves giant slices. It’s called Koronet’s. They are giant triangular slices with a base of about a foot and a height of like 18 inches. No, I’m not making it up. I only go a few times a year when I’m REALLY craving pizza, but man oh man, it is always worth it. I think eating pizza once in a while is an important part of being a college student. πŸ™‚

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:57 am

Agreed. College without pizza is just wrong.

Dana March 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I have a brand-new favourite pizza restaurant that just opened around the corner. It’s called Tennesee Willem’s after the owners’ two kids. They make the most amazing fire-roasted tomato sauce…

Danielle March 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

My favorite pizza was eaten in Florence, Italy. Needless to say, I do not get to have it often.

Whitney March 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Ok, obviously DaVinci’s, but since it doesn’t count anymore…

I was actually quite impressed with the pizza by the slice at Whole Foods! Have you ever tried it? Nick loved the pepperoni, and I got a vegan vegetable slice that was delicious!

HEAB March 25, 2011 at 7:58 am

You know, I haven’t. I used to get pizza by the slice all the time from Wild Oats, but never from Whole Foods. Will give it a try next time I’m at the hot bar.

Heather March 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

My favorite pizza joint is Gino’s Tratoria in Spring Grove, IL. Real cheese, gourmet sauce and fresh crust… Yum!

Michele March 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Little Italy in Memphis, Tennessee… it doesn’t hurt that they also have the best cannoli I’ve ever had in MY LIFE. Ricotta, spinach and tomato… now I need to order pizza πŸ™‚

Kristina @ spabettie March 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

one of my current favorite pizza places is Mississippi Pizza – they have a great gluten free crust and also vegan cheeses + vegan options.

we go on Wednesdays, which is Quizzissippi Night, where you get into teams for fun trivia rounds. so, good pizza and fun times.


kyla March 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

My favorite pizza place is Pi pizzeria in Saint Louis, MO. Their cornmeal based deep dish makes me weak in the knee’s.

Sarah R March 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

A little place in my home town has the best pizza. They’re not gourmet by any means, but I always have to go when I’m back home.

Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple March 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

hmmm…my favorite pizza place is hard to pick. It depends on what kind of pizza I feel like.

I’d have to say Taffy’s though. Good pizza, great salad. But Rusty’s, Giovanni’s, Mesa Pizza are great too.

Tara March 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I love our local pizzeria, passariellos. They have an amazing pizza with artichoke hearts, zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, and fresh mozzarella that is to die for! I also love california pizza kitchen, but I always get salad or soup there because they are actually really good.

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I love CPK salads, especially the grilled veggie and cobb. So good!

Lauren March 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I don’t have a favorite pizza restaurant πŸ™ That just makes me more motivted to try making my own pizzas! I’m excited to give it a try and to also play around with toppings

Katirie March 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

My favorite pizza place is Savage’s. Tons of toppings and great combinations.

Jen March 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Cheese Board in Berkeley…yum!

Amanda Hearne March 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I LOVE Garliq in Southlake, TX! They have great fancy pizzas, which is what I refer to anything that isn’t normal ingredients. SO SO SO GOOD!!

nadia March 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

oooh that looks so good. mmm. I have been craving pizza lately. I am going to buy brown rice flour. I wonder if this would work with other flours.. must try!
my favorite pizza was the pizza my mom used to make! she would make them and freeze a bunch and also always made pizza for my birthday parties. πŸ™‚ was great!

Syndie March 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Hey Heather, my fav pizza place is called pizza rustica. They have a crust made from chick pea flour that is amazing!

Brandi B. March 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I love the gluten free white pizza from little e’s in greensburg, PA

Nellie March 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

That looks so easy! I can’t wait to try it! My favorite pizza is Imo’s St. Louis style, with toasted ravioli! Totally unhealthy, but worth the splurge every now and then!

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel March 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

In our neighborhood there’s a great restaurant called Earth Bread Brewery, which serves flatbreads made from organic, locally grown ingredients (as well as local brews, but I tend not to go for those). My favorite has marinara and mozzarella and is topped with a salad of fresh arugula. But their artichoke, mushroom, and feta is pretty good, too…

Laurie March 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

My favorite pizza shop is in my hometown. Growing up at least twice a month my parents would stop & treat us to take-out pizza. Sicilian slices were our favorites. That same pizza shop is still there, but has moved and expanded. “Pizza Napoli” is it’s name : ) It is owned by an Italian family – they are directly from Italy. I am sure the sons now run the business.

Jodi March 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

My favorite pizza place is Psycho Suzi’s in northeast Minneapolis. Not only is the pizza out of this world, but the atmosphere is so fun. Who doesn’t love eating pizza at a tiki bar??

Melanie March 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

My favorite pizza restaurant is a place in Columbia Missouri called Shakespears pizza. It’s next to the University of Missouri and it’s such a great little pizza place with really great pizza.

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Is it bad that my favorite pizza is the kind I make at home? I make my own crust and use a pizza stone and it’s SOOO good!

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Stacie – no, I think that’s a good thing. πŸ™‚

Gina M. March 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

There is a place called Stone Hearth in Cambridge, MA that makes the best gluten free pizza. It’s definitely my fave. We make pizza at home quite a bit, too. πŸ™‚

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I have that cook book! It’s a good one!

abbey March 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

My fave place is the Wonder Bar. Their pizza is awesome- best crust and sauce ever! who needs cheese and toppings?!

Amber from Berlinswhimsy March 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Oh, my favorite pizza place is called Pizza Mondo in Bend, OR. Yummy pizza!! I haven’t seen that cookbook (amazingly, since I’m such a cookbook addict)…

Jaime March 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

My favorite pizza place is Zaw in Seattle. It is fresh, organic, and local, and amazing!

anne March 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

i must make that crust tomorrow!

i’m in looove with california pizza kitchen pizza. so delicious..

Laura March 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Todd English’s Fig is my fav! The fig and prosciutto pizza is to die for!!

Kate March 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I love Il Cane Rosso in Dallas. They make the best neapolitan pizza ever! The cool thing is that they have a mobile pizza oven, so they just go to supporting restaurants and cook their pizza outside.

It ruined pizza for me though, as no one else’s tastes as good πŸ™

Annie March 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hey Heab?? Does he give the nutritional stats on the recipes?? I didn’t see them in the samples on the site…

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

No, I don’t think any nutritional stats are included in the cookbook either.

Annie March 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

my favorite pizza place is Sandros… very very thin crush… their homemade red sauce is amazing.. add the fresh toppings and life is good.. love all toppings for pizzas… sweet.. savory.. yum

Sasha March 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

My favorite pizza place is called Moose’s Tooth here in Anchorage, Alaska! They have exotic combinations that are always wonderful delicious! My favorite is called “The Backpacker.” Spinach, roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta, kalamata olives, provolone and olive oil adorn the top of this magical pie. They also brew their own beer so you can enjoy a microbrew with your slice!

Marty March 25, 2011 at 4:46 am

Hey Sasha, hello from Fairbanks! Haven’t been to Anchorage for a long time, but the Moose’s Tooth is great!

Lisa March 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I rarely eat pizza out but I like California Pizza Kitchen. There is also a local place called Mineo’s here in Pittsburgh that has good pizza. Usually though, I just go for a frozen Amy’s or Kashi.

I really want that cookbook! πŸ™‚

Lisa March 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I rarely eat pizza out but I like California Pizza Kitchen. There iis also a local place called Mineo’s here in Pittsburgh that has good pizza. Usually though, I just go for a frozen Amy’s or Kashi.

I really want that cookbook! πŸ™‚

Lisa March 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Sorry, I didn’t mean to enter twice! Really!

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm

No worries. I love CPK too. They actually have some of my favorite salads – the grilled veggie is so good!

mary March 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I love The Brick Oven. their pizza is so fresh and delicious

Sarah March 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

So funny you asked this today because I just ate the best pizza today at lunch. It was from La Prima Pizza in Calistoga, CA. Seriously the best ever!

Erica March 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I went to undergrad in Nashville and I think Mafiaoza’s will always be one of my favorite pizza places!

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I used to live a block over from Mafiaoza’s. I remember dreading Tuesdays – the parking was crazy. I miss living in 12th South – such a great neighborhood.

Lori March 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I honestly don’t have a favorite pizza place. I like good pizza and different toppings and that can be hard to find where I live. I was at a Mellow Mushroom awhile back and it was pretty good. And Calfornia Pizza Kitchen has some interesting combinations.

Megan March 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Love the easy-to-come-together crust! I’m a Chicagoland girl, so I’m always torn between ooey-gooey deep dish and crispy crusts. My favorite local place, though, is called Pi– they have great, creative topping combos and yummy, brick oven crust πŸ™‚

robyn jones clark March 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

my favorite pizza’s are the ones I make myself. I often will make them on just a low carb tortillia. I mostly love the toppings. Mushrooms, Onions, Goat Cheese… and my new favorite (because of you, no less) Nutritional Yeast. I do rather love a cracker”y” crust though. There was a place in Indianola, MS called “Lost Dog Pizza” that was my favorite place in MS. I’ve not had one in Arkansas that I like yet.

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

You must try the sunflower seed butter/nutritional yeast combo. So good – I think you’d love it.

Shellie March 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Marietta Pizza Company in Marietta, Georgia! I’m also lucky enough to work there!

Jen March 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I’m especially grateful that you posted this particular recipe today! I’ve been thinking about making homemade pizza for a while, but every time I look up a recipe, I decide not to make it because I don’t want to wait for yeast to rise. Lazy girl excuse, I know. But obviously you understand!

So I have two questions for you. One, do you think whole wheat pastry flour will work just as well? And two, how much honey or agave do you think I would need to use in order to equally replace the 1 gram of stevia?

And I actually have a third question that has nothing to do with this recipe, but how long do you bake Polly’s cornbread recipe for?

I apologize for this seemingly endless list of questions. It’s not as if you have a baby to deal with or anything, right? πŸ˜‰

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Haha, no worries. All your questions require easy answers. I’m not sure if whole wheat pastry flour will work as it seems most pizza recipes with whole wheat flour usually involve yeast.

I would use 2 tsp honey or 2 tsp agave in place of the 1 gram of stevia.

Polly told me to bake the cornbread 45 to 55 minutes. I always bake for 50 to 55 – comes our perfect!

Jess@atasteofconfidence March 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

My favorite pizza place is Francos in Buffalo. Yum!

Chris March 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Coming from New York, and now living in Colorado, any pizza that truly is NY style with foldable crust & melted, stringy (stretches into strings when you bite into it) mozzarella is my favorite. But since I haven’t found any like that except in NY, I like Papa Murphy’s Mediterranean Delite…yum!

Meghan March 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Veggie and goat cheese (or anything, really) from Intermezzo in Charlotte, NC.

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) March 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

That looks SO goooood!!! Will you come make one for me? πŸ˜‰
I want to make that crust and top it with pesto, goat cheese, and fresh tomatoes (and maybe some broccoli because I LOVE broccoli on pizza πŸ˜€ ). I can see an amazing lunch coming my way! πŸ™‚


HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm

How about YOU make some pizza for ME? Love the sound of your pesto version. Extra broccoli on my half, thank you. πŸ™‚

Christine March 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

my favorite pizza place is a small italian restaurant in rochester, ny. they have the most amazing mushroom with truffle oil pizza! and I don’t even like mushrooms normally! March 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

My fave pizza restaurant is called Homegrown Pizza in Holly Springs, NC. They have a pesto pizza: pesto sauce topped with mozzarella, ricotta, sundried tomatoes, and portobella mushrooms. It’s my all-time favorite pizza and what I always use as my “splurge” when I’m in the mood for pizza πŸ™‚

Amanda March 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Basbeaux PIzza in Indianapolis is pretty fantastic! They make anything a pizza topping – love it!

Abbie March 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Dewey’s Pizza in Cincinnati. The Edgar Allen Poe has Mozzarella-Fontina Blend, Mushrooms,Roasted Garlic, Kalamata Olives and Goat Cheese,
with Fresh Tomatoes and Parsley. YUM

CarolineR March 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Fun! I love new cookbooks.

HThe best pizza I have ever had is true Chicago deep dish at Gino’s East… I can barely finish one slice since they are HUGE (and awful for you hehe) but so so delicious.

Jennifer in Newfoundland March 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

My favourite pizza place is a little hole in the wall just off le Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, France. When I was in Grade 10 (1993 – yikes!), I spent the year in Aix at an international school. This little place is (I’m assuming its still there) just a counter on the street – a little cobblestone pedestrian alleyway – that you placed your order at. There is a huge stone oven shaped like a lion’s head and they put the fresh pizza in it on order. Just thin crispy crust, tomato sauce infused with fresh local herbs, black olives and just the right amount of cheese. As non-North America as pizza can get, and by far the best I’ve ever had πŸ™‚

Wow…I think I need to go back there…I seem to remember a little chocolatier to die for too…and our favourite boulangerie….and the fresh fruit…*drools*


Stephanie March 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I’m not a huge fan of pizza in general, but I love classic Italian style pizza fresh out of stone-stove (? – don’t known the technical name). There was this place in Tokyo run by an Italian and they had some awesome prosciutto pizza and plan tomato & basil pizza. I’d love to go back!!

Karina March 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

My favorite pizza place is Marcos pizza in fayetteville nc

Mama Pea March 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

My favorite pizza is from this joint in Portland called Dove Vive ( They have a deep dish cornmeal crust that is AMAZING. Come have a piece with me?

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Mama Pea,
OK, I will. Davinici’s (my favorite restaurant that closed) served cornmeal crust. I loved it! So sad it’s gone. πŸ™

Amanda B. March 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I live on a college campus area, and one of the best parts is that we have a ton of great local pizza places. My favorite has an amazing veggie pizza loaded with cheese, green peppers, onions…more veggies (I forget what all is on there to be honest, but it’s amazing). And the crust there is thick and buttery. Not healthy at all- but totally worth it.

Jeni @ stepping out March 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

My favorite pizza place is Mellow Mushroom. Never disappoints!

Lyn March 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

My favorite pizza is any place that has green olives. Locally, we order from Teresa’s Pizza. It’s delivered to our door hot and tastes yummy.

Stefanie March 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been craving pizza but am trying to stay away from wheat flour. I never thought to use rice flour in a pizza crust. It looks really good too.

Clairerose C March 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

There’s a place 20 minutes from my brother’s house in E.Carolina called Mirabella’s. The owner is from Italy and really nice.I’ve only been there a couple of times but my brother and his family has been going there for a while.The first time my brother brought me with the kids and the second time with my sister-in-law and the kids.It could be the company ,but the food is off the hook!!:-)cc

Patty March 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

My favorite pizza place is La Perla in Eugene, Oregon. They make their own Napoli-style pizza dough there in the fire ovens, on site! So yummy, and so perfect for a date πŸ™‚

caroline March 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

This is my first time posting a comment on your blog!. I used to love pizza especially my dad’s homemade kind! yum:), but now i have lots of food allergies πŸ™ Though when i was really little i used to go to this little place called Pete’s patio. My grandma and grandpa were good friends of the owner and we used to go there as a whole family. The chef would take me and my sisters back into the “secret kitchen” and show is how pizza is made. Though my favorite part was what we got before the pizza. My sisters and i would each get a ball of pizza dough about the size of our fist and inside there was always a quarter hiding inside for us! Then we got to play with dough Fun Fun!! This was the BEST pizza that i can ever remember, and my dad even got Pete’s secret sauce recipe (that’s probably why my dad’s pizza has turned into my favorite :)..though sadly pete’s patio closed, but at least the memories and taste are still alive! your pizza looks really yummy , with all those toppings!

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Such good memories. Love the quarter in the dough. πŸ™‚

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

That brown rice pizza looks delish!

I live in upstate, NY, so we have quite a few pizza restaurant favorites, including mom and pop dives. One of my current favorites is Union Square Restaurant where I get shrimp and pesto personal pizza. Perfectly crisp, thin crust. Yummy!

Monique March 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I cannot get enough of Buddy’s pizza from Detroit. They’re multigrain crust is so flavorful and the cheese is always melted to a nice browny-golden-melted cheesy color πŸ™‚

Brandy March 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

My favorite pizza ever is The Rock in Tacoma, WA. It’s so good! Plus, there’s a giant sloth skeleton in the restaurant. Can’t beat that!

Tulika March 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

That crust looks great (and so does the pizza!) I agree–crust making really shouldn’t be intimidating!!

My favorite pizza place is Grimaldi’s! The pizza is so CRISP and wonderful.

Rhoni March 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

My fave pizza place has to be Giordano’s in Chicago! There is no way deep dish pizza is good for you in any way…but on occasion – it’s okay to indulge as long as it’s the real deal! But I would love to indulge in this recipe and hopefully the cookbook as well! πŸ™‚

Heather March 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

A must-eat-before-you-die pizza is @ Lombardi’s, in Manhattan. They are famous for their clam pie, which I’ve never had because the pepperoni is so good I have it whenever I get the rare opportunity to go. They still use the coal oven from 1905, or something like that. So.freakin’.good.

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I carbo-loaded there the day before running the NYC marathon. It was soooo good!

Abbie March 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Favorite pizza place: The Pie Pizzeria here in Salt Lake City! The crust is my favorite part!

Sarah March 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I LOVE Dewey’s Pizza, especiall the Green Lantern… which I try to recreate…mmm

1/4 c. tomato sauce
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 c. pesto
1/2 c. shredded mozzerella
1/2 c. goat cheese
1/2 – 1 c. mushrooms
1/4 c. artichoke hearts

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Oh yum, definitely my kind of pizza!

alli March 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

i like to make my own single serving size on a whole wheat tortilla with hummus, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and whatever else i can find in the fridge πŸ™‚
i cant wait to try your creation!

Katherine March 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

My favorite pizza restaurant is my mom’s house πŸ™‚ She always makes the best pizza.

MK March 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

My favorite pizza place in Austin is East Side Pies. Their pizzas are huge (12″ or 18″) and their crust is really good and thin. They make a Farmers Market pizza with veggies from local growers that changes as the local produce changes.

Kim @ The Excellent Adventures March 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Pizza is my MOST FAVORITE food of all time!! I could eat it every day. However, I haven’t really found a good pizza restaurant in SC. Therefore, I tend to make my own at home with Whole Foods pizza crust.

My husband and I met at a Little Caesars Pizza… back in 1990. πŸ™‚
He can still make amazing pizzas and crazy bread.

Kimberly March 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

My favorite local pizza prize goes to YouPie in Athens, GA but for chain pizzas I’m preferential to California Pizza Kitchen. I love the pizzas with fresh greens on top & the whole grain crust. So yummy! Your pizza looks great too – Definitely makes me want to recreate it in the near future!

Christina March 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

That looks quite tasty!
I don’t really have a favorite pizza place. We rarely go out for pizza. Usually we just make it ourselves and come up with some pretty great combos.

Susan (Oliepants) March 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Pizza is nothing short of a staple at our house. I have been dying to try the socca crust! I have to say my favorite pizza place in Dallas right now is Carmines. I’m still looking but that’s my favorite so far.

Jenny March 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

What? DaVinci’s closed? How sad. That was my favorite, too. Wish I could come up with one you had not already said, but that was the only one I liked! I recently heard of a pizza place I’d like to try – Naked Pizza Maybe we’ll get one! πŸ™‚

Definitely want to get Dr. Axe’s cookbook! I keep hearing how great it is….

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Yes, I heard it’s closed. So bummed – it’s been around for years, but the manager told us last time that we were there that the new high rise they built right in front of the building was killing business. I worked there as server for a while – kicking myself now for not paying more attention to the crust and sauce recipes.

Kelly March 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Brick Oven in Austin Texas! SO AMAZING! I always get the thin crust with lean ground beef, mushrooms, green bell peppers and black olives. My mouth waters just thinking about it!!

glidingcalm March 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

wow! everything looks amazing HEAB! i want to eat with you for a week! πŸ™‚

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Come on over. πŸ™‚

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

My favorite restaurant pizza is a simple margherita pizza. So fresh and flavorful with simple ingredients!

Marie March 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

My husband LOVES pizza, so we make it a lot:)

It’s not specifically a pizza restaurant, but I love the pizza at Joe’s Farm grill in Gilbert, AZ.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I haven’t tried brown rice on it’s own. I developed a crust with tapioca, rice flour and potatoes that we like. I will be posting on it soon. I liked that book too. It’s definitely good for people that are trying to learn more about starting a good clean eating lifestyle.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Fave pizza restaurant…I’ll go based on memories. The one that my h.s. boyfriend and I used to go to that was 10 mins from his house that has long since closed its doors. They had thin crust pizza that was great and i love pineapple on my pizza. I’ll go with that.

Your crust looks great! I am scared of crust making and you made it so easy looking!

runRedrun March 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

There are a couple of Neapolitan style pizza places here that are so good. At one, I ordered a portabella mushroom and truffle oil pizza. I don’t think I have ever loved a pizza so much.

Jess March 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’ll have to try this crust, as I too am intimidated by a real pizza crust.

Hands down my favorite pizza restaurant is Giordano’s in Chicago…It has the BEST deep dish pizza I have ever had!

Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’ve heard of this cookbook, but never checked it out myself. What great recipe ideas though! That pizza truly does look fantasic!

Jenny March 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

my favorite restauraunt is this little hole-in-the-wall place place in my town called “Lucias”. The crust is PAPER THIN! When I was younger, though, I remember being obsessed with Dominos. Actually, I was just more in to the cheesy bread πŸ™‚

Ashlei March 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I would love a copy of that book! I’ve seen it on a couple blogs before and it looks like it has a lot of great recipes.

My favorite pizza place used to be Mellow Mushroom in my pre-gluten-free days, but unfortunately their GF pizza made me sick once so I don’t chance it anymore. But there was this awesome little pizza place in NYC that served only GF pizza so I got one with goat cheese and grilled zucchini and it was delicious!

Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Looks fabulous! I’m hesitant to venture away from the socca crust too, but perhaps I will give this a try πŸ™‚

Ana March 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Our favorite Pizzeria here is called “Bella Mia”, it has Pizza just like the ones they have in Italy (Rome): super thin crust, charred on a real coal oven, topped with pure tomato sauce (made with only tomatoes), delicious fresh mozzarella and basil (or other toppings, but this one is the best!).
It is the simplest pizza ever, the crust is perfect, it has only dots of cheese on top and the tomato sauce is amazingly simple and delicious.
It is so good that Matheus asked to go there tomorrow as a treat for his birthday, how’s that for a 9 year old birthday present, right?!
I have read another very good review about this book. So exciting, fingers crossed that I can get a copy myself!

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Happy (early) Birthday to Matheus! πŸ™‚

Carolyn March 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

When i was “fat”… OhMyGut…!

when i was “over that”….. thin crust wild mushroom..

πŸ˜› would love a copy of that book…

Melissa March 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

How many servings did you get out of that crust? Looks simple and delish

HEAB March 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I halved the cookbook recipe, and my version yielded 4 good sized pieces.

Jules March 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Caserta’s Pizza on Federal Hill in Providence, RI… Sicilian deliciousness. (Although you probably wouldn’t find a recipe for it in a cookbook with the word “diet” in it…)

Hayley March 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I really like this place called Magic Oven in Toronto. They have really interesting toppings (including a pizza with edible gold on it that costs 100 bucks for a large pizza!) and they offer spelt and gluten free rice crusts.

Holly @ The Runny Egg March 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Honestly my favorite pizza comes from Papa Murphy’s — pick it up fresh and then bake it at home. They have a garlic/artichoke/chicken on thin crust pizza that is fabulous.

Raychel March 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

That book looks awesome! I feel so cheesy (he he), but my family’s favorite pizza place has always been Uno’s, just because it pleases us health freaks (with their 5-grain and gluten-free thin crusts) as well as our Chicago-style deep-dish lovers. Granted, it’s definitely a chain and probably not the best quality, but when traveling, it comes in handy!

Baking 'n' Books March 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’ve never even seen that cookbook before! Who’s the Author/cook??

Is that pizza one serving HEAB?

…oh gosh, I’m a pizza fanatic, but I rarely go out to restaurants. One of my favorite experiences I guess was when I was stuck in an unknown city by myself (scared to death) – but found a tiny italian place and ordered a thin-crust veggie and chicken all for me. So good and cheesy! Eaten on a patio…with a cold beer πŸ˜‰ I forget the name though.

Baking 'n' Books March 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Okay…I’m not blind – I see the Author’s name πŸ˜‰ Just wondering if he’s a trainer or something (looks like it!).

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