Hello October. We’re falling in love with the flavors and ingredients of autumn by taking the opportunity to introduce a new menu item at Harry’s Pizzeria®: the seasonal pizza. Every 3 months, our neighborhood American pizzeria will introduce a new pie inspired by what’s around us that time of year. Calabaza is up first, and what a looker she is.
A sweet and savory combination of just the right amount of ingredients balanced to perfection, Calabaza begins with a base of rosemary crema, followed by caramelized onions, Brussels sprouts and layers of shaved calabaza (think beautiful and bright orange pumpkin) of the perfect thickness so it will melt, lasagna-like in the oven with gruyère and fontina cheeses to tie it all together. A light sprinkling of parmigiano finishes it with its salty, tangy bite.
Harry’s new seasonal offering is meant to give guests something they can come back to enjoy a bunch of times, staying on for a bit longer than the more spontaneous daily special pizza. They can also look forward to trying something new, when a new season arrives. Chefs game plan in advance and hone in on an ingredient or two they are inspired by and then build from there. The idea is to arrive at a well-balanced pie, where a small amount of toppings work together to support the overall flavor profile. Perfection is in what we can take away, not add. So there’s a formula to ensure it — a sauce or no sauce, a protein, a vegetable (sometimes two, especially if it’s a vegetarian pizza), one or two cheeses, and a garnish. That’s all. And our daily-made dough with a hint of honey and wheat flour for a crust bakes to a blistered, tender result in our ovens.
Visit Harry’s Instagram for a video of how it’s made, courtesy @thenaughtyfork and our kitchen manager Chris Cantu in the Design District doing the demo! The Calabaza seasonal pie is now available for $15 at all locations beginning today.