Pizza in Black

Pizza in Black is a true icon at Chef Vitantonio Lombardo’s eponymous restaurant in the heart of Sassi in Matera, Italy.  Soft, fluffy, and intoxicatingly delicious – this pizza is anything but ordinary.  The recipe was created in honor of Chef Davide Scabin’s Black is Black spaghetti made with squid ink, black carbonara, and caviar, which became a cult favorite. Pizza in Black plays on the desecrating blackness of Sabin’s dish by using local products to craft a charcoal-fried pizza served with ricotta, fresh truffle, a port truffle sauce, and topped with truffle caviar.

  • Ingredients:
  • For the pizza
  • 125 g flour type 00
  • 125 g Manitoba flour
  • 5 g brewer’s yeast
  • 150 ml of water
  • 5 g salt
  • 1,5 g sugar
  • 10 g vegetable carbon
  • For the truffle sauce
  • 50 g butter
  • 25 g shallot
  • 150 g black truffle
  • 150 g potatoes
  • 50 g Port
  • Vegetable broth to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the truffle caviar
  • 100 g truffle juice
  • 1 g of agar
  • 0.5 l sunflower seed oil
  • For the ricotta
  • 150 g cow’s ricotta
  • 50 g Grana Padano cheese
  • 50 g fresh cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 15 g fresh truffle
  • Oil for frying to taste
  • Procedure:

Prepare the pizza dough by dissolving the sugar, charcoal and yeast in the water. Then add the two flours and the salt, and knead in the planetary mixer for at least 20 minutes. Let the dough rise until it has doubled in volume and then divide into 70 g balls. Let it rise again for at least 24 hours at 7 degrees.

Prepare the truffle sauce by sautéing the shallot in butter, add potatoes and truffle, deglaze with port, reduce and cover with vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer, adjust salt and pepper and blend with an immersion blender. 

For the truffle caviar, bind the juice with agar and drip with the help of a syringe into the cold sunflower seed oil and store in the refrigerator. Whip the ricotta along with all the ingredients in a blender for two minutes at full speed. Roll out the pizza to a diameter of about 13 cm and fry in plenty of oil.


Place the truffle sauce, a dollop of ricotta and fresh truffle shavings in the bottom of the plate. Place the fried Pizza in Black on top and finish with a dollop of truffle caviar.

Pizza in Black

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