Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe

Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes


Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe

Grilled Margherita Pizza Recipe. This classic pizza was created by 19th-century Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito, who made it to honor Queen Margherita, wife of Italy’s King Umberto I, on a royal visit to Naples in 1889. The pizza’s ingredients represent the colors of the Italian flag (red, green and white).

Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 batch thin-crust pizza dough (see related Williams-Sonoma recipe)
  • All-purpose flour for dusting
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt, to taste


  • 1 Prepare a hot fire in a grill and preheat a grill-top pizza stone for at least 30 minutes, until the thermometer on the stone registers 500ºF.
  • 2 In a small fry pan over low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic, then remove the pan from the heat.
  • 3 Using a rolling pin or your hands, gently roll out or stretch the pizza dough into a 10-inch round. Lightly dust a pizza peel with flour and lay the dough on top. Lightly brush the dough with the garlic-infused olive oil. Scatter the mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange half of the tomatoes on top.
  • 4 Carefully slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone, cover the grill and bake until the crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Scatter the remaining tomatoes, the arugula and basil on top and season with salt. Using the pizza peel, transfer the pizza to a cutting board and cut into slices. Serve immediately. Serves 2 to 4.


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