A while ago I published the recipe for sfincione, which can be considered to be the pizza of Palermo. Today I am going to give you the recipe for the pizza from Trapani: rianata. There are a few versions of this pizza, some are made only with oregano (the name rianata comes from origanata which means “with oregano”), some have anchovies, some have mozzarella, some have parsley… you get my point. This is the version I like the most and that I usually make at home. I use both oregano and parsley with mozzarella but without anchovies. I make it either thin (like a regular pizza) or thick (like a focaccia). This thick version reminds me of when I was a child and I used to go visit my grandparents in Trapani. Just around the corner from their house there was a bakery called “Messina” that used to make amazing bread, biscuits and savory treats. Thick rianata was one of them. We sometimes used to call the shop and order a few rianate. When they were ready, they used to call us from the street and we would lower a straw basket from the balcony. The shop boy would put the rianate inside the basket and we would pull it up. As strange as it seems, this used to be a very common practice and the straw basket was used for many different items… it was very practical and LOTS of fun for a child visiting from a big city like Milan, where such things were just unthinkable! 🙂 Anyhow, here goes my rianata recipe.
Ingredients for 4 persons:
Pizza dough for 4 persons as per the instructions on How to make pizza dough.
For the topping:
400 ml tomato puree
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp oregano
4 big cloves of garlic, very thinly chopped
3 cups continental parsley, chopped
2 cups thinly grated Pecorino Romano
350 gms bocconcini or mozzarella, sliced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Make the pizza dough as per the recipe and instructions in How to make pizza dough.
While the dough rests, prepare the toppings: chop the garlic and parsley, slice the mozzarella and grate the Pecorino Romano. Prepare the tomato base by mixing the tomato puree with 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp of oregano and salt to taste.
As I said before, there are 2 ways of making rianata: there is the thin pizza version and there is the thick focaccia version. I like both of them and you can find both methods below.
When the pizza dough is ready, put it in an oven dish (or in individual oven pans) with a little oil at the base and flatten it with your hands until you get a sheet approximately 1.5 cm thick.
Let it rest for 1/2 hour, so it rises a little more.
When the pizza dough is ready, divide it in 4 and roll it with a rolling pin into 4 circles approximately 0.5 cm thick.
This version does not require the extra rising time.
Now put the tomato base and bake in a preheated fan forced oven at 180°C for 15 minutes (for the thin version) or 40 minutes or until cooked through (for the thick version).
Take out of the oven and put the toppings. Put the sliced mozzarella first, then add the garlic and parsley and at the end sprinkle the grated Pecorino Romano on the top.
Put the rianate back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
When ready, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil on the top and let them cool for a few minutes. Cut and serve.
NOTE: Rianata is just as good the day after.
PS: We are back from our holiday in New Zealand. We had a great time and in the next few days I’ll be working on a page on New Zealand that I will publish under the Out and About section of the site. I am looking forward to being able to share some of the pictures we took there. New Zealand is a fantastic place and the food was amazing! I know I have A LOT to catch up with… I promise I will get back to all of you ASAP! 🙂
This looks lovely! I can remember my grandmother making thick slices of pizza very much like this but without cheese… brings back wonderful memories.
Hester Casey - Alchemy says
What a lovely memory – I can just see that straw basket being reeled up onto the balcony and the faces above looking down with eager anticipate as the smell of pizza floats up. I love all that parsley – much as I love basil, it is a lovely change to see parsley on pizza.
Great as usual! I haven’t done thick pizza in ages…. maybe is the time to do some…
OurEyes EatFirst says
those look amazing Manu! Can I have mine with anchovies though ? : j
I think you’ve picked the perfect toppings…I could go for a delicious thick or thin crust…both sound extraordinary!!! Thanks, Manu 🙂
Sandra' Easy Cooking says
Good to have you back, and I am glad that you had such a great time!
Your both versions look fantastic and of course delicious!
Thanks for sharing bit history behind it!
Love that the colours are also the ones on the Italian flag 🙂 Great photos too Manu!
So wonderfully rustic and fabulous. Love the story with it. Glad you had a great time, but more glad your back—I’m selfish! LOL!
Amelia from Z Tasty Life says
che forza: non l’ho mai provata!
Nuts about food says
I remember many an afternoon sitting in the country house (nella campagna) of my husband’s family eating ‘rianata fresh out of the wood oven. Delicious. I have never had this version, it looks very tasty. My husband also has childhood memoried of that basket being lowered into the streets to buy vegetables and food. So strange to hear such familiar stories from the other end of the world!
Beth Michelle says
Again, another amazing recipe. The pizza in Israel is terrible!! This is just making me crave something delicious. I will have to try it
Nami @ Just One Cookbook says
Hi Manu! Hmm delicious! I can’t pick which one, but maybe your thin crust pizza looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the story – I like how straw basket was used in Italy. That reminds me of a vegetable shop near my home when I was growing up. A lot of old pop and mom shop like vegetable/fish stores used to use a straw basket to store change and it was hanging from the roof for easy access. No one tried to steal or anything, but I just remember that seen and feeling nostalgic. 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful post!
I loved reading your story about your childhood Manu! And welcome back! Can’t wait to hear all about your New Zealand adventures!
I will get to Italy one of these days!! Until then I will live vicariously through you…
This looks delicious!!
Aroma y Cocina says
Excellent Manu! beautiful times when they served you the pizza through the balcony!
I never tried this rianata.