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Daddy {and his recipe for Spinach Pizza}

(picture taken in Sicily when I was 4 years old…my dad, me, my sis & my mom)

 Since it’s Father’s Day I wanted to share with you a few things about my own dad.

I still call him Daddy. (so what if I’m 35 years old)

He grew up in a small town in Sicily (Castiglione).

He moved to the States to marry my mom in the 1970s when he was about 23 years old.

He was a baker.

He would take me with him to a bakery in the Bronx every Sunday where I would sit on a stool in the middle of a huge kitchen, eating a cookie, while listening to him catch up with his friends (in Italian of course) and watching lots of fancy cakes get made. We’d come home with a big white box tied with red & white string full of Italian pastries and cookies for Sunday lunch. One of my favorite memories of my daddy still to this day.

He has a huge heart, which I like to think was passed down to me.

He makes a mean pizza and calzone and has since I was 4 years old.

He’s been in the pizza/restaurant business for 31+ years…and still going strong.

He’s always taken very good care of his family.

He’s the hardest working person I know, and I’m proud of that.

So in honor of my dad and everything he has taught me, directly and indirectly, about life…I want to share with you one of his best pizzas – his spinach pizza; one that I recreated at a pizza party I hosted in my home a couple of years ago. I tweaked it just a bit (he doesn’t use nutmeg in his sauce) and I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as we do.

Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there…including mine, as well as my husband, my grandfather, my father-in-law, my brothers-in-law, my nephew, my cousins, and my friends.

Enjoy!

Spinach Pizza

Print Recipe

Rocky's Spinach Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 2 -3 tablepoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper and fresh nutmeg
  • 8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • Pizza dough

Directions:

To make Spinach White Cream Sauce:

  1. Melt 2-3 tb butter in saucepan over medium heat.
    Stir in 2 tb of flour into butter, cook for 1-2 minutes.
    Add 2 cups half and half to butter mixture.
    Add dash of salt, pepper, and fresh ground nutmeg to cream.
    Bring to a simmer, continually stirring to avoid bottom of pan burning. Simmer for few minutes until sauce starts to thicken.
    Take sauce off heat and bring to room temperature.
    Add 8oz thawed chopped frozen spinach to sauce.

To prepare Pizza:

  1. Spread spinach cream sauce over pizza dough to edges. Top with cheeses and bake in a 425 degree oven (I bake my pizza on a preheated pizza stone) until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly.

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18 Responses to “Daddy {and his recipe for Spinach Pizza}”

  1. Lina Williams posted June 19, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Love it Ag! I remember the white boxes with the white & red strings too! Do you remember when he would come home from work and he would all play fight saying “My papa”? lol

  2. Carroll posted June 19, 2011 at 7:12 am

    That looks soooo good!!!
    Fathers are teh world to a daughter aren’t they ?? 🙂

  3. Kim {Recipes To Run On} posted June 19, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Aggie, what a great tribute to your Daddy! He sounds like such a wonderful man. He must be so proud of YOU. Pizza is one of my favorite joys on this earth and this sounds SO good. Have a great day Friend!

  4. Jamie posted June 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

    What a great story. Happy Father’s Day to your dad & all our “dads” in the family.

  5. Erica posted June 19, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Such a cute post! Your dad seems like an amazing guy! And that pizza? Drooool. Hope you have a wonderful sunday

  6. Melissa Nelson posted June 19, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Happy Father’s Day, Rocky! I think I’m going to cry. Number one because I know how much you love your sweet Daddy and number two because now that I have this recipe I am going to put on ANOTHER 20 pounds. You know I love me some Rocky’s Spinach Pie!

  7. Maris (In Good Taste) posted June 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Really sweet post! Your father does sound like a wonderful dad and man. I am sure he is very proud of you.

  8. Yolanda posted June 19, 2011 at 8:32 am

    That looks amazing!!! I am thankful that you have such a good Daddy!

  9. Jersey Girl Cooks posted June 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Nice post Aggie!

  10. Kiran posted June 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

    A very cute Father’s day tribute. Thanks for sharing the recipe and Happy Daddy’s Day 🙂

  11. bellini posted June 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

    We love our dads!!!!

  12. susan maxcy posted June 19, 2011 at 10:19 am

    What a lovely writing of your dad!
    WE have known him ALMOST as long as you have!…and yes, he is the best pizza and calzone maker you will ever meet.
    Your dad’s spinach pie is hubby’s absolute, favorite! He doesn’t even order when he sits down in the restaurant anymore, the waitress sees him and tells him if there are spinach slices available! It’s his favorite “rut” to be stuck in!
    You’ll have to post MORE of these “treasured” pics of your young parents! We are “eating this up!”

  13. Melissa posted June 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Love this post, Aggie. It makes me feel like I know you more. 🙂

    And that pizza? WITH SPINACH? Yes. Always. Every time. That is MY pizza. Love love love.

  14. Ad K. posted June 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Gosh, that pizza looks delish! Hope your family has a wonderful weekend.

  15. bellini posted June 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Good cooks and good looks are in the genes:D

  16. Amber posted November 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I have made this pizza several times, and it is delicious! This recipe makes a LOT of sauce! Do you use all of the sauce on one round 8 slice pizza? I have found I have enough sauce for 2 pizzas with this recipe. I love throwing some fresh chopped tomatoes on top before baking, especially when we have fresh vine ripened tomatoes from our garden on hand. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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