Alfresco Pizza Party

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Hard to believe it’s the end of November and I’m cooking out of doors alfresco with friends! Even for northern California it’s unseasonally warm for almost winter time, so we took full advantage of it.  
My friend Barbara is an amazing cook {and accomplished artist} so spending an afternoon at her house watching her create a fabulous feast from her garden was like heaven on a plate. 
We were welcomed with roasted olives perfumed with lemon oil and a hint of picante peperoncini. Salumi and cheese whet the appetite while Barbara rolled out the pizza dough, readying it for the 500 degree oven.  Caramelized shallots, fresh heirloom sweet 100′s {or sweet million as she calls them} and fresh milk mozzarella melted into the crispy crust. Freshly picked arugula leaves drizzled with oil gave the pizza a nice bright finish.  And of course, prosecco and red wine took us merrily, merrily, merrily from antipasti to dolci dessert. 
Good food is good, but shared with friends in the spirit of love and generosity
makes it something sublime. 

Buon appetito!copyright 2011 Alisa Barry