From the chef
I am an avid pizza lover and my pizza dough can take up to two days to make. In these recipes, I use the same techniques that are used by bakers of fantastic tasting artisan breads.
However, one day I came up with an idea for a 10 minute pizza. This recipe is very simple and fast.
All basic ingredients are listed and used as desired. A little more cheese, a little less tomato, or vice versa. It’s all up to the cook.
Grated whole milk mozzarella cheese
Grated Asiago cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese
Sprinkle of oregano
1 garlic clove minced
Olive oil and a little butter
Lay out your tortillas on a flat oven pan that has been sprayed with olive oil.
I like to sauté my mushrooms in a little butter and garlic before placing them on the tortilla.
Spread your cheese on each tortilla. Then sprinkle the rest of your minced garlic on each one. Add your veggies or what ever else you would like to put on your pizza.
Sprinkle with some oregano and pop in the oven at about 350 degrees until the cheese melts.
Vincent DiLeo is better known in the Auburn area for his fine art photography, but his close friends call him Chef Vinny.
“I’ve been a home chef for many years, ever since my dad, the late Jerry DiLeo taught me to cook,” he said in an email. “I credit my dad for putting me on the road to culinary adventures. My dad was a great cook. He was an immigrant from Naples, Italy and brought over many family recipes. My mother, Lucy DiLeo, a second generation Italian was also a good cook and I learned from them both.”
Vincent DiLeo started cooking as a teenager and has loved to cook ever since.
He even considered opening a restaurant.
Over 10 years ago, Vincent DiLeo entered the Gold County Fair cooking competition and won first prize for the best pizza in Placer County. The next year he entered and won first prize for the best pasta recipe in Placer County.
“After winning these two cooking competitions, I became more confident in my cooking ability and started a web-site called PerfectHomemadePizza.com,” he continued. “You will find many of my original recipes on this site. Learning to make the perfect pizza has taken me many years, so I put together a short video that teaches, step-by-step, how to make a pizza like you can get at your favorite pizza restaurant.”
Vincent DiLeo is an avid traveler.
“I have acquired a taste for many different international cuisines,” he said. “Of course, Italian is by far my favorite, but I have also learned to cook Thai, Japanese, Greek, and American slow-smoked ribs.”
For the past two years Vincent DiLeo has been photographing some of his favorite recipes to share with friends and family. He has plans to put together a photographic book of his favorite recipes from around the world.
In the meantime, he will share his recipes with the Auburn Journal from time to time, beginning with one of his original creations, a tortilla pizza.
For more about Vincent DiLeo go to VincentDiLeo.com.
~ Carol Guild