A hundred years ago (was it really only 13??) I spent a summer in Italy doing study abroad. For 2 weeks I actually got to live with an Italian family… so I really got to experience authentic Italian food! Wow, was it delicious. My mouth still waters thinking about some of the amazing fresh pasta, sauce, pizza and antipasto I got to try there. Oh and let’s not forget the nutella gelato. Mmmmm! During that summer I fell in love with the margherita pizza. (Which was partly due to the fact that it was routinely the cheapest thing on any menu and I was a poor starving college student that had sold her car to even make it to Europe!) But once I had tried it, I was hooked. I’m sorry to say that there is just no replicating it… however, this pizza was so tasty I thought it was a worthy enough wannabe to share the name. After attempting a NY style thin crust in Utah with my family (uh, sorry guys) I found a much better recipe for dough that ended up deliciously chewy and perfect. I still love our basic pizza dough but I was ready for a change and wanted to try something new. The 3 main toppings for margherita pizza are tomatoes, fresh basil and a little mozzarella. No heavy red sauce. It makes a simple but fantastic pizza. Trust me.