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Is there Any Alternative to Tomato Sauce For a Pizza Topping?

veggie pizza imageWhile pizza is a large part of our life at La Befana in Allston when you’re at home and making your own pizza on the grill in the summer then try something different for a topping instead of tomato sauce.

We know many people wouldn’t think of having pizza without tomato sauce and cheese however, you’d be surprised the concoctions we’ve come across and tried and they taste surprisingly good.

So instead of tomato sauce experiment with alternatives. Here are a few to consider:

  • Pesto – try one of the flavoring that includes mushrooms and sausage.
  • Tapenade – for a Mediterranean flavor.
  • Muhammara – if red peppers is your poison.
  • Barbecue Sauce – yep, a summer favorite on pizza dough!
  • Buffalo Sauce – not for the faint of heart.
  • Peanut Sauce – tastes much better than it looks.
  • Hummus – if you’re in the mood for a vegetarian pizza look no further.

You can find more ideas and information at the pizza blog post here.

For more traditional tomato sauce based pizzas then try one of our classic gourmet pizza for our Allston and Brighton customers. We hope you enjoyed learning about alternative sauce toppings pizza and look for other posts about pizza ingredients.

Order our Pizza for Allston online here.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

La Befana Calzones Prove We Offer More Than Just Pizza

Calzone ImageThe basic La Befana Calzone starts with a mixture of garlic infused olive oil, fresh ricotta, mozzarella, imported asiago and a sprinkle of romano.

Now the fun begins – create your own masterpiece using our abundance of fresh and flavoring ingredients such as roasted vegetables, caramelized onions, buffalo chicken, roasted peppers, and pepperoni, onion, and roasted garlic, chicken parmigiana and caramelized onions.

La Befana Calzones are wrapped in our famous homemade pizza dough, cooked to perfection and served with a side of our special marinara sauce.

Calzones are a great alternative to traditional pizza when you want to get your meal in one easy to grab meal. Our dough is made in the cool of the morning and allowed to mature for 24 hours before being used to make your to order calzone.

If you’ve never had a calzone before then let us introduce you to this specialty. Like a popover calzones are pizza dough folded over and wrapped around ingredients to seal before baking in our hot ovens.

The next time you order online from La Befana Pizzeria slip in a calzone and share with a friend as well as a pizza.

We continue to prove we do more than just offer pizza to Allston and Brighton neighborhoods.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

Is Pizza a Health Food or Junk Food?

health food junk food imageThe question on whether pizza is a health food or junk food is a serious debate today given the obesity epidemic sweeping this country.

In answering this question we’ll try to remain impartial – after all most would say we have an incentive to keep you coming back for more pizza – right?

Well yes and no.

Our job is to give you the best pizza we can once you’ve decided to purchase so you continue to look to us for your pizzeria needs. We want to see you keep coming back and remain healthy so you can.

Let’s breakdown each major component of U.S. favorite dish and cover the good and the bad.

Crust:

Pizza dough comes in all types and makes – most pizzeria places offer gluten-free dough now. The healthiest normal dough crust is crisp and thin and our version at La Befana Pizzeria is called Neapolitan-style and we also offer gluten-free pizza.

Dough made with whole grain as in whole-wheat crust includes the fiber, vitamins and minerals lost in the refining process. Whole grain crust is by far the healthiest kind and La Befana looks towards its customers to dictate our offerings including whole-wheat pizza.

Sauce:

The tomato sauce on your pizza contains lycopenes which are rich in antioxidants and because it’s a sauce makes it easier for the body to absorb. The strongest evidence suggests tomatoes helps in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.

Cheese:

Cheese as most people know contains calcium and is a source of protein which is good – but is also high in fat. Now our body does need fat – not all fat is bad – and it depends how much cheese and fat you consume in a week as to whether you tell your local pizzeria to go easy on the cheese or take it normal.

Most pizza places will put less cheese on for you if you ask them including us at La Befana.

Toppings:

Finally we come to the toppings and this where you can easily tip the scales from “health” to “junk.”

Meat toppings generally have a lot of fat and salt added in the processing of them and are going to tip the scale to junk status while vegetables and fruits such as green and red peppers, onions, broccoli and olives, pull the needle back over to a healthy pizza.

Now we’ve given you good and bad let’s put this into perspective.

Most families eat pizza once a week. It’s reserved for the day when you don’t feel like cooking or high activity level when there’s no time to cook. So while every pizza you buy isn’t going to be a healthy one, the concern is what you eat the rest of the week. Be balanced on your meals so you can enjoy your pizza.

Once you’ve decided on a pizza for your meal you can influence whether it’s a healthy or junk food version. Less cheese and meat and more vegetables is going to create a healthy pizza.

What’s your take on this issue? Leave your comments below to offer your opinion.

If you’d like to learn more about to create your own health pizza then check out this article: http://www.fitnessforoneandall.com/nutrition/article/pizza.htm

La Befana Pizzeria serves gourmet pizza in Allston and Watertown and surrounding neighborhoods and you can order online here.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

La Befana Pizzeria Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-free pizzasIf you’re on a gluten-free diet then you know pizza was probably one of those foods you thought you’d need to give up for the rest of your life.

For those not familiar with a gluten-free diet it was developed to help the many people who have celiac disease. This disease is triggered by the protein gluten found in foods containing wheat, barley, and rye. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease and so far the only known way of combating it is a lifelong gluten-free diet.

Here at La Befana Pizzeria none of us are medical students and so we’re not experts in the disease and don’t know anything about celiac disease beyond what we’ve just shared. But we do know there is no reason now why those with this condition can’t enjoy our gourmet pizzas.

In recent years gluten-free diets have also been introduced to those wishing to lose weight by reducing their wheat intake, and so requests for gluten-free products are on the rise generally in North America.

La Befana Pizzeria in Allston Massachusetts offers gluten-free dough upon request when you call in your order. This is dough made without traditional wheat flour. We will explain what is offered daily in our gluten free pizza selection so you can make appropriate choices.

Be aware gluten-free dough is made in same kitchens as using wheat flour and there is always the possibility of cross-contamination.

Gluten-free pizza is just another way La Befana offers Gourmet pizza for our Allston and Brighton customers. We hope you enjoyed learning about how we’re doing our very best to serve the pizza lover’s in our neighborhood.

Call us today at 617.987.0086 to learn about our selection of gluten-free pizzas.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

The Classic Pizza Margherita at La Befana Pizzeria

Pizza Margherita ImageHere at La Befana Pizzeria in Allston our gourmet pizzas are carefully chosen to offer a variety of traditional Italian and American pizzas and our own concoctions.

In the category of traditional pizzas we offer the Margherita Pizza.

We keep the ingredients according to Italian Chef Raffaelle Esposito who named the pizza after Queen Margherita.

The recipe calls for red sauce, white mozzarella cheese and green basil, and when cooked the colors of the pizza resemble the Italian flag.

The story goes that Queen Margherita of Italy visited Naples in 1889 to escape an outbreak of Cholera in Northern Italy. While visiting Naples the Queen sampled the pizza and enjoyed it so much she wrote a thank you letter to Esposito who decided to name the pizza after the Queen.

Just imagine if it had been the Queen Victoria of England visiting whose colors would have been red, white, and blue? Esposito would’ve been scurrying around to think of something blue to add on a pizza – blueberries maybe? Hey we have pineapple “Five-O” pizza so why not?

I’m sure with his talents he would’ve been up to the task and then named it Pizza Victoria if she liked it.

But back to Pizza Margherita at La Befana and while we keep strictly to the classic ingredients of the pizza we use the freshest of ingredients prepared in our own way to give it the distinctly La Befana gourmet taste.

This is just one of our classic gourmet pizza for our Allston and Boston customers. We hope you enjoyed learning about roots of the Margherita and look for other posts about our restaurant offers.

Order our Margherita Pizza online here.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086

The Secret of Making a La Befana Gourmet Pizza Taste So Good

Pizza Dough imageAt La Befana Pizzeria in Allston, MA we’d like to think just everything about our pizza is special but there is one thing that LC – our master pizza chef – is meticulous about we get right… and that is the making of the dough.

It makes sense as the dough is the foundation of the pizza. Inexperience in the dough folding or if the dough is used too early or too late translates into a cooked flat or bready-tasting crust – which doesn’t want to make you come back for more – right?

LC makes his dough fresh every day, but more importantly in the early morning.

This is the coolest time in the kitchen and making the dough in a cool room is critical.

Once the yeast joins the water and other ingredients it becomes active and this is the time to bring in the flour. LC uses a huge 80 quart powerful mixer to blend in the ingredients. Now here’s where experience and knowledge comes into play. How much water to add depends on the humidity of the environment. There are times when you need more water and less at others. It’s more of an art on judging what is needed than a science.

Also, folding the dough on wood is best. The action of folding traps in air and gives those gorgeous bubbles on the crust when it’s baked hot and quick.

Once the dough has been sliced into sections it’s put inside coolers so the yeast can do its job to provide the perfect ready dough. Dough should be used between 18 hours and 36 hours after making. If used before you get what we call “flat bread” because it doesn’t rise – on the other hand waiting too long gives you as we explained earlier – bready constituency.

So there you have La Befana secret to making gourmet pizza for Allston and Brighton customers. We hope you enjoyed learning more about what goes into our pizzas and how much we are dedicated to giving you the best pizza in Boston!

Let us know what you think about our pizza by leaving us a comment below or leaving a comment and rating and your favorite review site.

Order Pizza online here.

La Befana Pizzeria Team
15 N. Beacon Street
Allston, MA 02134
617.987.0086