Pizza is one the special favorites we make when my daughter brings her sorority sisters home from college for pizza night. What they don't expect is a very thin crust that is sourdough, has whole wheat and garbanzo flour, sun dried tomatoes, fresh rosemary and garlic in it. They also can't believe that they can make their own from a wide range of toppings, most of which are home made including spicy sauce - and they can load it up with worrying that the crust will not be able to handle it.
This baby is loaded!!! Lots of sauce, caramelized onions and mushrooms, roasted red green and spicy peppers, home made Italian sausage, pepperoni, Pecorino, Parm and Mozz cheeses, olives and a few other things hardly worth mentioning - except the fresh opal basil on top after the pie came out of the 500 degree oven. The key is to pre bake the pie crust on a stone for 3 minutes before taking it out, quickly brushing on a thin coat of garlic oil before letting folks load up what ever they want on top - before chucking the fatso back into the oven for 4 minutes or so to finish browning it off.