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Chef Claude’s Sicilian Classic Pizza Recipe

IMG_3382Our August Chef of the Month, Chef Claude has shared with us a fan favorite recipe – his delicious Sicilian Pizza! As the owner of the Pizza Rustica Hollywood location, he is surrounded by pizza everyday. Everyone loves pizza and each person has their own favorite. However, you can never go wrong with a classic cheese Siclian pizza! Get his recipe below to make yours at home!


1 package of aged pizza dough, precooked

Tomato sauce (recommended with basil, parsley and garlic)

Fresh mozzarella cheese


1. Pre-heat oven to 400 F°.

2. Roll out your precooked dough onto a sheet pan.

3. Add cold tomato sauce that has fresh basil, prasley and garlic on top of the dough. You can buy tomato sauce or make your own!

4. Top the dough and sauce with fresh mozzarella cheese.

5. Cook for 10 minutes. Slice into squares and enjoy!

Connect with Our August Chef of the Month:

Shop his look!

Instagram: @pizzarusticahollywood

Facebook: Pizza Rustica- Hollywood

August 2018 Chef of the Month Claude Luciani


We are proud to introduce our August 2018 Chef of the Month, Chef Claude Luciani! After growing up in the Bronx, he made the move to South Florida where he now owns the Pizza Rustica Hollywood location. His mouthwatering, cheesy pizza will not disappoint! Although he loves pizza, you will find him cooking all different meals during his time off. Read more below about Chef Claude’s love for the art of cooking and shop his look!

1. Where were you born?

I was born in Bronx, NY.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I own the Pizza Rustica Hollywood location in Hollywood, Florida.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

I actually have two favorite kitchen tools – my 8 inch knife and my stainless steel pan. I have cooked with these tools for over 12 years.
4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

My sharpest sense is touch. Feel is very important as a chef.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

My advice would be to never give up and always make every dish a masterpiece.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Every chef should know and perfect their knife skills. They are not only important for safety, but also for your dish’s presentation.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food is using quality ingredients and not trying to over complicate your dish.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?

Comfort and mobility are most important for my chef outfit.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

My favorite ingredient is olive oil.

10.Favorite City to dine out in?

New York!

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

Baked avocado with tomato basil salad and sauteed shrimp in a wine and butter sauce.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off?

I like to grill different varieties of meats and vegetables on my days off.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

I would most like to cook for Gordon Ramsay.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I always loved to cook and it allows me to be creative in my every day life.

Connect with Our August Chef of the Month:

Instagram: @pizzarusticahollywood

Facebook: Pizza Rustica- Hollywood

The Rise of the Fast Casual Pizzeria

It’s hard to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to trends in the restaurant industry. It’s fast-paced and changes every day; it’s a tough job just keeping up. But there is one trend that has surfaced that is hard to ignore. If you haven’t noticed yet, you will now: the rise of the “fast casual” pizza restaurant.

Pie Five, headquartered in The Colony, Texas

Pie Five, headquartered in The Colony, Texas

For a while, people flocked to fast food pizza chains (which will remain nameless) because of the low price and fast service. They ignored the fact that the reason the prices were so low is because of generic frozen dough and cheap, bulk-ordered ingredients, simply because the pizza was inexpensive. But, as consumers became more and more health-conscious, the need for fresher and healthier ingredients became apparent. That’s when these new restaurant chains, or “fast casual” pizza restaurants as the industry has begun calling them, started popping up. Featuring organic, local and even gluten-free ingredients, and a Chipotle-like experience that allows you to customize your own personal pie, these fast casual chains have begun dominating the gourmet pizza market.

People are starting to notice, too. Wolfgang Puck has three Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar restaurants so far, and “Shark Tank” investor Mark Cuban even bought into the premise as well. It’s only a matter of time before more people get fed up with ingredients that aren’t fresh, and begin to pay the premium price, allowing these fast casual chains to take over the industry.

For a list of up-and-coming fast casual pizza restaurants, visit Forbes.

So, what’s your favorite gourmet pizza establishment? Don’t forget to come back for more industry updates from ChefUniforms.com!

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