Today, we’re sharing a fabulous recipe for Eggplant and Garlic Pizza made with a Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce – and I’m delighted to have my husband Jack share the story behind this pizza recipe in his own words. Jack writes:
Quite a few years ago I got dragged to a very seedy bar, in a not-so-nice city in Massachusetts, so I could try what I was told was “The Best Pizza on the Planet”. After finding a parking space where my tires wouldn’t get slashed and I wouldn’t get mugged as soon as I stepped out of my car, I gingerly walked in to the wonderful smell of stale beer and cigarette smoke. I found a table that was the least sticky and the furthest from the dart board and pool tables, and ordered some pizza.
Only one type of pizza was served there, in fact it was the only food on the menu. So my choice was simple: “I will have the pizza please”. Even though I’m not much of a beer drinker myself, I ordered a beer so I wouldn’t get beat up ordering a glass of wine or a cocktail. The beer came in a glass with my pizza. (I was hoping for a bottle.) When no one was looking, I cleaned the glass rim with my shirt sleeve, took a sip of beer, and then started on the eggplant and garlic pizza.
What I bit into was a slice of heaven! There was the perfect amount of garlic, roasted eggplant and the most wonderful rustic, roasted tomato sauce I have ever tasted. After a few slices were gone, an older and very weathered-looking woman came over and asked me how I liked the pizza. I told her I thought it was wonderful – and I really meant it.
Turns out, she was the mother of the owner of the bar, and she convinced him to allow her to make this eggplant and garlic pizza for his customers. It was her recipe and she was quite proud of it. We talked for almost an hour – she was an incredibly interesting person and great company! She shared her recipes with me, and I have been making a version of it ever since.
By the way, when I got back to my car, it had a parking ticket on the windshield – but at least it was intact and not being stripped at the local chop shop.