Zorba the Veggie
Recipe and photo provided by Jeff and Lori
Walderich, owners of Top That! Pizza, a Tulsa,
Oklahoma-based pizza chain specializing in
personal-sized pizzas with unlimited toppings for
a single price.
6 oz. pizza dough
¼ c. spicy Alfredo sauce
6 whole spinach leaves
½ c. whole-milk mozzarella cheese
10 pieces (1 oz.) artichoke hearts
6 slices Roma tomatoes
10 pieces (½ oz.) caramelized onions
Small pinch of roasted garlic
15 slices (½ oz.) black olives
Note: Top That! Pizza sells only personal-size
pizzas; this recipe yields a 10” pie.
When it comes to pizza, what’s unique about the Greeks?
Harry Bacoupolos, owner of the Greek-themed Baco’s Pizza
( bacospizza.com) in Enfield, Connecticut, says the major
difference is the baking process, as Greeks bake their pies
in pans instead of directly on an oven’s stones. Additionally,
Greek sauce is made with tomato paste and added spices
instead of whole tomatoes. “The really traditional Greeks
allow the pizzas to proof in pans for at least eight to 12 hours
before cooking,” Bacopoulos adds. “The dough is allowed to
rise for two to three hours, then they’re sauced and placed
in the cooler until they’re ready for toppings and cooking.”
Greek pizzas may not outsell their Italian rivals in a traditional
pizzeria, but they add flair to any menu, as the following
Cooking with Greece
Greece Is the Word
Build a loyal clientele for your Greek pizzas with these
• What’s in a name? Plenty, if it’s catchy and evoca-
tive. Thanks to a pantheon of well-known mytho-
logical characters, such as Medusa, Apollo, the
Cyclops, Atlas and Aphrodite, Greek pizzas lend
themselves to fun, colorful names that your cus-
tomers won’t soon forget.
• Create a Greek Week promotion with a different
Greek specialty pie for each day and specials on
• Celebrate Greece’s rich cultural history with a
Greek Dance night and invite customers to join in
traditional Greek dances. Hire a belly dancer, offer
lessons and host Best Belly Dancer contests for
men and women.
Greek Pizza Kitchen ( greekpizzakitchen.com) in Tarpon
Springs, Florida, offers a bounty of Grecian selections,
including the Keftedes Pizza, featuring Greek meatballs,
spinach and feta cheese, and the Venetian Grecian, with
a tzatziki sauce base, Italian sausage, gyro meat, sauteed
onions, tomatoes and feta.
The Panhandle Restaurant ( panhandlesf.com), a San
Francisco pizzeria, appeals to vegetarians with its Greek
Specialty pie, topped with marinated eggplant, olives, red
onions, spinach and feta.
Specializing in Greek pizzas and pastas, Suni’s Gourmet
Express ( sunispizza.com) in Shoreline, Washington, serves
up the Chris Special, loaded with fresh garlic, mushrooms,
olives, green peppers, onions, spinach, imported Greek feta,
mozzarella and diced tomatoes, topped off with shredded
pepperoni and unsalted sunflower seeds.
Simplicity is the key at Pittsford, New York’s Olive’s Greek
Taverna ( olivespittsford.com), where the Santornini pizza
features only Kalamata olives and Kasseri cheese, and
the Rhodes boasts portabello mushrooms, goat cheese,
tomatoes and onions.