A favourite Roman street food, pizza alla pala is topped with fresh ingredients and served on its namesake paddle. Compared to the wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, it’s made with a high-hydration, long-rising dough and baked in an electric oven, giving us a delicious crispy flatbread.
Pizza alla Pala (Roman-Style Pizza on a Paddle)
Recipe courtesy of Eataly
Yield: 4-6 servings (depends on hunger levels)
For the Pizza alla Pala dough:
4 cups (500 grams) buratto flour
1 1/2 cups (375 grams) cold water
1 1/2 teaspoons (5 grams) yeast
3/4 tablespoon (12 grams) salt
3/4 tablespoon (10 grams) extra virgin olive oil
*Note: all of these ingredients are available for purchase in our marketplace!
For Pizza Tricolore:
Prosciutto crudo, to taste (we have 5 Prosciutto crudo DOPs at Eataly, like Prosciutto di San Daniele DOP or Prosciutto di Parma DOP!)
Cherry tomatoes, to taste
Arugula, to taste
Stracciatella cheese, to taste
To make the dough:
In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, cold water, yeast, salt, and olive oil. Knead dough until combined. Shape into a ball, place into a bowl, and cover with a towel. Let the dough rise at room temperature for one hour.
We recommend cooking the pizza on a cast-iron pizza pan or pizza stone. Place the dough ball on a lightly oiled pan and flatten it slightly by pressing down on it with the palms of your hands. Begin pressing into the dough with your fingertips, gently working your fingertips outward and gently pulling the dough with it. Shape the dough into a long rectangle. Cover again and let rise for two to three hours at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 485° F.
Drizzle olive oil over the dough, sprinkle lightly with salt, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
To assemble the Pizza alla Pala Tricolore:
Quarter the cherry tomatoes for topping the pizza.
Once baking is finished, remove the pizza from the oven, top with fresh ingredients, and serve on its namesake pala, or wooden paddle.
Want to taste ours before you step into the kitchen (you know, for research)? Get a taste of pizza alla pala at Eataly Toronto!