What’s Burning: One Smokin’ Flatbread Pizza

Mozzarella di Bufala Affumicata | ©Tom Palladio ImagesYesterday, Lazy Person (LP), my short-order cookin’ alter ego, went shopping for some freshly-made pasta (more on that in a future post), but came home instead with a small, round mozzarella di buffala affumicata (smoked buffalo milk mozzarella) tucked inside the grocery tote.

Okay, he didn’t follow the shopping “script,” but what the hey. He brought home a RARE find.

DOP labeled (Denominazione Origine e Controllato – Controlled Origin of Denomination), guaranteeing the highest quality, this little suntanned roly-poly came straight from the Mecca of Italian mozzarella di bufala — the Campania region around Naples, Italy — and smoked to boot.

Slices of smoked mozzarella di bufala adorn a flatbread pizza | ©Tom Palladio ImagesTan-‘n’-white, oval and semi-soft, this mozzarella turned out to be the perfect foil for one of my homemade pesto-based flatbread pizzas.

Cooked inside a gas oven, the pie leaped up a full notch on the “goodness” meter as the smokey flavor of that gooey ball of buffalo milk-turned-cheese just enhanced everything else on the pie: pesto Genovese, bell peppers and toasted black olives.

Sorry. The plate was wiped clean. All that’s left are these photos, sans a good whiff of that smokin’ pie.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


      1. You have a bit more talent than that, my friend. Keep up the good work. You know your way around the back end of a camera.


  1. I ca see why you got sidetracked. Looks as good as I remember my Vicenzia pizza to be all those years ago. 🙂

    BTW, the link that came in my email notification of this post doesn’t go to the post, but to the dreaded “404” Not Found.



  2. I’m going to have to try a Kansas version of that even thought it won’t taste the same in an electric oven. I wonder if it would work in an outdoor smoker. Love your cooking posts.


    1. Jill — You can give it a try in the smoker, just cover the grill with reynolds wrap before you lay down the pie. Good luck and let me know. If you get in trouble, just click your ruby-red slippers. 🙂


  3. Oh man, I’m slobbering as I try to this. That looks fantastic. I don’t know if I can ever find smoked buffalo mozzarella, but I’ll look for it. I’ve got to try it!


      1. I live in Austin, Texas. There’s a couple interesting markets around here that might have it. I’m crossing my fingers.


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