Memorial Day Kicks Off Barbecue Season - People Are Firing Up Their Grills And Flipping Hamburgers And Hot Dogs - Most People Will Be Grilling Meats But Some Will Be Grilling Pizza

Auburn, CA (PressExposure) May 17, 2008 -- According to Chef Vinny, grilling pizza on a barbecue is one of the best ways to making the perfect homemade pizza. Barbecues can reach high temperatures like professional pizza ovens and cooking pizza fast is one of the secrets to making great tasting pizza. The most important thing is to start with great pizza dough.

Chef Vinny is passionate about pizza making and has perfected his pizza making skills. He has won an award for The Best Tasting Pizza in Placer County, California and another year took away the award for the "Best Tasting Pasta” You can find both his award winning recipes on his web-site at:

His Bruschetta recipe or Diet Pizza, as he calls it, is a low fat alternative to piling on the tasty blends of cheeses that he also uses. Toppings for Bruschetta include extra virgin olive oil, fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh basil, oregano and a sprinkle of Asiago cheese.

One of his favorite blends of cheeses is also his award winning blend. It consists of five cheeses; Whole milk mozzarella, Romano, Provolone, Asiago and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Here is how to grill a pizza on your barbecue:

1. Heat your barbecue to the highest temperature it can reach. This is usually 600 degrees or more. Stretch your dough out into a small circle that will fit on your barbecue. 2. Use a wooden peel. (This is a shovel-like tool used to put pizza or bread in the oven) First spread cornmeal on your peel. The cornmeal acts like tiny ball bearings helping to slide the pizza off the peel on to the barbecue. 3. When your barbecue is heated to temperature, use a little jerking motion to slide your pizza off of the peel on to the barbecue grill. 4. This method cooks your pizza directly on the grill. Close your barbecue top and check your pizza in a few minutes. It won’t take long before the crust of your pizza begins to char. You want some charring all around your crust. Be sure to take your pizza out before the cheese starts to burn. Wait a few minutes before cutting your pizza and enjoy.

About Chef Vinny Di Leo

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Chef Vinny, please call Vinny Di Leo at 530-889-2976 or e-mail Vinny at

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Press Release Submitted On: May 15, 2008 at 10:44 am
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