Italian Food (Cibo Italiano)

Bring pizza dough to room temperature.
In the meantime over low heat with 2 tablespoons of butter, then add thinly sliced red onions and cook until caramelized (they should be sweet and very soft).Let cool. Cover bottom of cookie sheet with extra virgin olive oil (imported Italian of course); then proceed to stretch out the dough to fit the pan (Hint: overlap pan slightly and fold and crimp edge to create nice crust).

Spread the imported gorgonzola (Italy) over dough. Top with onions & pignoli. Bake in a preheated 500 degree oven on lowest rack for about 10-12 minutes. The bottom of pizza should be crisp and cooked through and the crust should be golden brown with a couple browning spots. Sprinkle with chopped Italian parsley (garden fresh) and serve.

Hint: Please buy authentic, fresh and imported ingredients whenever possible, the quality will enhance your results exponentially.

Italian Wine (Vino Italiano)
Wine to go with Gorgonzola: The best idea when pairing fine wine the artisanal, authentic food comes down to two words, regional rules. So to match our Gorgonzola pizza (made with cheese from Gorgonzola, Lomardia, Italy, we go right back to the Lombardy region of Italy and choose two very different yet very delicious wine and food pairings specifically for the authentic Italian pizza recipe from Lombardi.
First we will enjoy a refreshing Italian white wine, a Trebbiano di Lugano by Zenato, from Lugano DOC, Lombardy, Italy. This is made near the shores of Lake Garda and is light, crisp, and fruity with a nice clean finish.

Second we will taste a bold with a red wine, Barbera, by Dino Torti Oltrepo Pavese, from Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardia, Italy. This regional gem has a medium to full body with aromas of earth, oak, wild berries and mushrooms. Flavors carry forward from the nose nicely; this regional Italian wine is rich, complex and refined with a long pleasant finish and great balance. It represents a great value for someone who usually buys fine French wine and is a nice upgrade from California reds.

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