God's Gift To Pizza Pie: The Egg

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Early Phoenicians believed that a primeval egg split open to form heaven and earth; I believe eggs were created for pizza. Peperoni? That's a topping made in America. You won't see it in Italy anywhere. Some thinly-shaved ham is nice. I like basil and cheese, too. But a lightly cooked egg, its white barely set, the yolk runny and viscous, is the greatest pizza topping of all time.

Don't cut your pizza like the hammer-head in this photo. Let that yolk maintain its integrity. Tear off a large piece of crust from the cornicione and launch your assault, breaking open that canary orb to let the heavens flow.

Egg yolk is rich, thick and fatty. It cuts the acidity of the tomato sauce, producing a balanced simple flavor. It's fun to dip your crust in. It's perfect. A pie topped simply with egg and ham produced a pizza awakening for me.

In Dallas I've only seen egg on the menus of Dough and Cavalli. Dough fries its eggs in a pan before sliding them onto their pies. It's kind of a cheat, as the egg white never really integrates with the pizza, but it's still delicious.

Cane Rosso, to date, has not offered egg as a pizza topping, but that's about to change.

"I love egg on pizza," owner Jay Jerrier told me in an email, adding: "Challenge is the timing in our oven...getting white set and yolk not cooked through in 75 seconds." He's just solved the problem though: Quail eggs. They're perfectly sized to cook to the proper consistency in the 900 degree oven. They should be available soon. Once they are, I won't be far behind.


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Location Info

Il Cane Rosso

2612 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cavalli Pizza

6851 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX

Category: Restaurant

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BelleOfTheBuhhh
BelleOfTheBuhhh

Nova used to have a pizza with bacon & eggs. It might have been good, but unfortunately I followed mine with several white russians (gross/why) and puked on the train.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Sorry, I ain't buying this snake oil. 

Pizza is thin foldable crust, light sauce, and cheese, served by the extra-large slice, preferably on wax paper.  Anything else is a douche hipster flatbread sandwich.

BorntoRhone
BorntoRhone

It's not exactly pizza but Swig does a breakfast flatbread on weekend brunch that has a little spinach, bacon, and sunny side up egg that is beautiful.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Breakfast pizza is a whole new ball game. I need to get on that soon.

Anonnynonny
Anonnynonny

You can get egg on your pizza at Olivella's/Neo and it's the shiz.  Highly recommended with sausage and onion.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

the following is a poem i read on a bathroom wall in Deep Ellum in the 80's:

here i sitcheeks a flexin'givin' birth to a native Texan

the following is poem I wrote in Colorado:

"................................................"

It is a one act play about the lightness of being......how you can't exist without knowing an all encompassing energy lies beneath what is really existing; a pervasive whole, or holy other side.

ChrisU
ChrisU

well don't stop there. let's try sashimi topped with an egg. seared fois gras topped with an egg.tell Chef Fearing 'with extra EGG on it!'

Gipson
Gipson

The Stodg burger at The Porch on Henderson has a fried egg and a foie gras "slick" on the bun. My favorite burger in DFW.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Foie gras on a burger...with an egg!

That's a better idea than the iPod.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Egg on Pizza?  ONLY in Dallas.  You do that in the Northeast, they'll run you out on a rail.  I think it was Pliny the Elder, or maybe Plutarch that stated "eggs are gross, unless yer drunk, and it's 3 AM".  Actually that may have been my neighbor that said that.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Caring what people think about things up in the Northeast is a good way to get yourself run out of DALLAS on a truck, bro.

Lighten up on CFS and other great Texas kitchen fixins.  I recommend the cook book "The Homesick Texan" as a good way for you to tap into your inner Lone Star.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Don't piss me off boy, I'll have ya'll livin' in huts, and wearing coon skin hats by sundown!

Kergo/Provisional Gubner

ps-CFS is for lard #sses. Have another Keystone.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Ok, Bud man myself....we cool!  Not too long ago Kerg's had 8% body fat; dem days are gone-oh well. 

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

6'2", 218 lbs, sub 8% body fat...if that makes me a lard-ass, I'm cool with that.

CFS feeds the machine!

ps.  It's Bud for this redneck lard-ass, not Keystone.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I think it's been a wee bit much of the "evil kerg's" lately....I'll tone it down boys.  I miss the Sporto.  Alright, now let's raise a glass to:

-"Merca"-George Bush-the troops-and let's get them damn Occupiers a bath.

Kergie out.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

wtf is wrong with you lately Kergs? Seriously. You're going off the deep end.

Chet in Caledonia
Chet in Caledonia

yes more kergo and come visit!

Monty in Cleburne
Monty in Cleburne

yes more Kergo, bring beara...come visit!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

ok ok Kerg's "cain't" visit cause I gotta help out at the school tonight....besides my spaceship is having repairs; and my Rascal only goes north on 75, then either east through Arkansas, or west to the Colo./NM border.

m
m

Eggs aren't just the best pizza topping, they're the best everything topping. Eggs make everything better.

Gipson
Gipson

Love eggs on pizza. Only problem is that the pie usually comes with an egg, and with 113 square-inches of goodness in your standard gourmet pie, an egg is laughably inadequate. I'd say you need 3 minimum, and if you really want to inspire egg nirvana, make them duck eggs.

Barney Gumble
Barney Gumble

Eggs on pizza are awesome.  One of the best pizzas I ever had was just a simple plain cheese pizza with egg and prosciutto.  Just crack eggs onto the pizza then shove it in the oven.  But you are right about needing more than one.  3 or 4 is best.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

How about ONE OSTRICH EGG! EGGSTRAVAGANZA!

Gipson
Gipson

Ha! I thought about saying that, but I decided it'd be a little extreme, even for an egg-slut like myself.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Whoa...

I was out near Il Cane Rosso for a show last week. Now I know where I'm going next time I head out to Deep Ellum.

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