When we threw parties in Italy, we would place an order at our favorite neighborhood pasticceria. We’d choose an array of cream filled pasticcini mignon, delicate triangle-shaped sandwiches made from white bread with the crusts removed called tramezzini, and an assortment savory rustici salati. Included in the rustici salati were pizzette, or bite-sized little pizzas with a variety of simple toppings. Upon arriving home, we could never resist sneaking a few of the pizzette before the party began.
While nothing compares to the pizzette from an Italian pasticceria, very good pizzette can be made, really quite simply, right at home.
- Serves 8-12
sheets (1 box) frozen pastry puff
small can or tube of tomato paste
Optional: anchovies, fresh mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Allow puff pastry to thaw.
- Unfold the pastry sheets onto work surface, and with a small, round cookie cutter with a 2"-3" diameter, cut out little pizza shapes and set them onto a baking tray. If you do not have a round cookie cutter, a small glass or a mason jar lid will work fine.
- Place a small dab of tomato paste in the center of each pizzette, and with your finger or the back of a small spoon, spread the paste around the center without reaching the edges. You only require about 1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp. of paste for each pizzetta, depending on their size. Too much paste will weigh down the pizzette and not allow the puff pastry to rise while cooking.
- Using a cooking brush, spread a light layer of olive oil over each pizzetta, again using caution to not overdo with too much oil.
- Next, toss a light layer of salt over the pizzette, and consider how you wish to complete the toppings.
- For classic pizzette, sprinkle dried oregano on top.
- Alternatively, you may add a small piece of anchovy to the top of the pizzette and then the oregano.
- Or, some people prefer to omit the oregano and add a few small pieces of fresh mozzarella on top. If you opt for the mozzarella, it's best to use a denser, less liquid cheese, and very small pieces on top of the pizzette, again so that the puff pastry can still rise in the oven.
- Bake at 400° F for approximately 8 minutes, or until the pizzette have risen and are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes; the pizzette will fall slightly. Use a spatula to carefully remove them from the baking tray.