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Johnny Di Francesco

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Pizza Sofia Loren recipe

Lifestyle — Posted 30/11/15

A classic Neapolitan pizza by the Melbourne chef crowned World Pizza Champion. Now this is going to be good.


• 60 g (2½ oz) eggplant (aubergine), cut into strips

• 2 roman tomatoes

• 1 tablespoon icing sugar

• 220 g (8 oz) pizza dough

• 100 g (3½ oz) Stracciatella cheese

• Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

• Fresh oregano, chopped

• Salt


1. Cut the eggplant into strips. Place in a baking tray, drizzle with oil and season. Bake at 130°C (266°F) for 15 minutes.

2. Cut each tomato into 6 pieces. Place in a baking tray and sprinkle with icing sugar. Bake for 30 minutes at 80°C (176°F) until soft.

3. Stretch the pizza dough into a round disk. Top pizza with half the Stracciatella and place the cooked eggplant and tomatoes, drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and bake.

Domestic oven: bake for 10 minutes at 280°C (536°F)

Wood fire oven: 90 seconds at 400°C (752°F)

4. Once cooked sprinkle with fresh oregano and top with the remaining Stracciatella.

Recipe from World’s Best Pizza By Johnny Di Francesco, available now from New Holland Publishers.

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