Oman Food: Italians do it better

13 Jul 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

The Mediterranean diet is well-known for using fresh, wholesome ingredients and even pizza done properly can be good for you.

Italian cuisine has influenced food culture around the world, and is often viewed as an art form that includes the freshest, most authentic ingredients that are prepared with passion and served with love to family and friends.

Mealtime is a celebration, captured by the Italian proverb: “You never grow old at the table”.

Classic Italian dishes have been joined by refreshing, modern twists on tradition that help keep the love affair alive and well with this simple but colourful; flavoursome yet healthy cuisine.

Started in Lucca, Italy; in 1867, Filippo Berio Olive Oil celebrates 150 years of culinary passion and artistry by combining traditional ingredients in contemporary, unexpected recipes that can help you savour the moment.

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Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Chef Mary Ann Esposito

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Makes: Two 22cm pizzas


  • 454g store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • 113g fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
  • coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil

Heat a well-oiled cast-iron or nonstick 25cm frying pan over a medium heat for five minutes.


  • Divide dough in half; roll one half into a round 2.5cm smaller than the pan’s diameter. Cook the dough in a hot pan until the dough begins to rise and the bottom starts to brown. Using a metal spatula, turn carefully. Layer half the tomato slices over the dough; scatter half the mozzarella over the top. Lower the heat to a medium-low and cook until the mozzarella melts.
  • Using a metal spatula, transfer the pizza to a cutting board. Sprinkle with salt; drizzle with half the olive oil. Cut into wedges and sprinkle with half the basil on top.
  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients, and enjoy.

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