Shakshuka. Sounds fancy, huh? According to Wikipedia, the origin is derived from the berber language (one of the oldest languages in humanity) meaning “a vegetable ragout that brings tears to the eyes.” It can often be found in Middle Eastern restaurants and is served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
What is it? It’s a spicy tomato based dish with chili peppers, onions, cumin, and other spices. Eggs are cracked on top and poached in the pan. Usually, feta cheese is sprinkled on top. Once finished, it is accompanied by pita bread or a rustic loaf of good bread. It’s quick, healthy, and packed with flavor.
When I heard that Rossopomodoro Restaurant was introducing a new Shakshuka pizza, my taste buds threw a party. Since June, the Eataly outposts have been showcasing the Star Chef Pizza Collaboration Series. Beginning September 1st, Chef Einat Admony is in the spotlight with a pie that includes feta, egg, and za’atar (a blend of middle eastern spices). Admony is chef and owner of Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, Taim, and a new Moroccan couscous bar in the West Village that is set to open this fall.
Last week, fans, foodies, and friends were invited to Eataly downtown to preview the latest pizza. If customers are treated to the same fine quality, September will be a joyful month for pizza lovers. This unique twist makes perfect sense. As a fan of spice, I think it could even have some more kick. Still, the soft and chewy dough serves as a perfect platform for Admony’s creation and fans of shakshuka will not be dissapointed.
The pizza will be available at both Rossopomodoro locations within Eataly NYC Downtown at 4 World Trade and Eataly NYC Flatiron at 200 Fifth Ave. Upcoming participants of the collaboration series include Filipino chef Dale Talde of Talde and Massoni and Josh Russ Tupper from Russ & Daughters.
For more information, click here. Better yet, walk your pretty little selves there and grab a slice!