Recently my son Filippo celebrated his 11th birthday. It's a tradition for us to make pizzas for children attending birthday parties at Casa Bellavista . We make pizzas not just because of tradition, but also because they like it very much.
Filippo invited several friends to come to his party. With all the guests plus Filippo's sister Carolina, his papa and his grandmothers and grandfather, it would take a lot of pizza for the party. I knew I would have to use at least two kilograms of flour. So, I started in the morning to prepare the dough and get the toppings ready. I use just a simple dough for the pizza and let it stand for a couple of hours.
The sauce I make for the pizza is made with tomatoes which I prepared from the garden. I whip them up with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, anchovy paste and capers. I use this sauce for all the pizzas, except the spinaci and ricotta and the cipolle topping.
In the early afternoon, I rolled out the dough and prepared the toppings so I could bake the pizzas. For Filippo's party I prepared pizza alla margherita (with anchovies and capers and mozzarella), pizza con salamino piccante (with chili sauce), pizza con spinaci e ricotta (with fresh spinaci and ricotta cheese) and pizza con le cipolle (with carmalized onions). My kitchen had such a nice smell from all the pizzas baking.
My problem was what to make for “il dolce”, because my son changed very often his ideas about it. Finally he decided on the Tiramisù. I made the tiramisù also for the family. While I was doing all the work, Filippo and his friends were very busy playing soccer, listening to music and dancing. My husband Guido prepared Coca Cola, and a special cocktail with no alcohol for the children. I believe that when it is my birthday, Filippo should make pizzas for me so I do not have to work so much. Then, I will just dance with Guido.
If you want to try this for a party for your child, my recipe for tiramisu` is just below.
CASA BELLAVISTA B&B
· gr.500 Mascarpone
· gr.80 sugar
· 4 eggs
· gr.250 gr. Biscuits “Pavesini”
· 4 cups of Moka coffee
Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks with the sugar. Then, mix in the mascarpone. In a separate dish, beat the egg whites with a little salt. Fold in the egg whites very slowly to the mascarpone mixture.
Soak half of the biscuits in the coffee and place them on the bottom of a large dish.
Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on the biscuits. Repeat this procedure with the remaining biscuits and cover them with the remaining mascarpone mixture.
For decoration, sift some powdered cocoa and sprinkle little pieces of chocolate on the top.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.