Lemon Rosemary Pizza

rosemary pizzaPizza is the perfect food.  It’s delicious, versatile, and good for you.  At least that’s what I tell myself.  But no matter how good your local pizzeria is, sometimes nothing compares to a pie you make yourself.  And the best part about pizza is that you can be creative, feed a crowd and please everyone all at the same time.  A few weeks back when I hosted a Food, Inc. potluck, I decided to make four wildly different pizzas and see what was most popular.  To my surprise, the crowd favorite was not a heavy pie loaded with organic cured meats or one with truffle oil, but instead a simple shaved lemon and rosemary creation. Who knew?

The key to this pizza is having paper thin slices of the lemon and the red onion – this way the onion is not overpowering and the lemon rind is not bitter.  While a mandolin could be useful here, a sharp chef’s knife and a little guided patience will do the trick.   If you’re looking to save some time and energy, pick up a ball of dough from your favorite pizzeria.  It will run you somewhere between $3-5 and you can make two pizzas out of it!  Bisect the ball on the equator to keep the dough round.

Or you could be adventurous and try your own dough recipe like this one here.

Either way, I promise it will be like nothing you’ve ever had.


  • 1 ball of pizza dough, bisected and rolled to a 12” diameter
  • olive oil
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
  • half a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 lb parmigiano reggiano
  • salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Place the rolled dough on a pizza stone or oiled sheet pan.  Brush the dough with olive oil and arrange the lemon and red onion all over, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the pizza.  Sprinkle the garlic and rosemary on the top.  Using a vegetable peeler, shave long strips of parmiggiano reggiano all over the pizza, then using a microplane, grate the rest to finish.  Salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  Once the crust is golden brown, it’s ready. Slice it up, and dig in!

*Looking for an impressive brunch idea?  Serve this pizza alongside an arugula salad with a citrus vinaigrette.  Oh, and mimosas wouldn’t hurt either!