This is a bit belated, but I won’t let a hectic week stop me from posting about one of my favorite things to make: pizza.

I’m really not much of a sports fan. But I can appreciate that “my” team, the Giants, won the Super Bowl last week in nail-biting fashion. I like that the guy that saved the day is named Manningham. The half-time show was, by my estimation, pretty amazing to watch (both from the standpoint of pure entertainment and my sick fascination with watching Madonna age). And, most importantly, I like that the Super Bowl was inspiration to make pizza!

It’s been awhile since I’ve made pizza from scratch, and this time I used Mark Bittman’s pizza dough recipe (available in How to Cook Everything). And the toppings were totally legit — procured from my favorite Italian grocery, Russo’s, in Park Slope. Super fresh buffalo mozzarella and ricotta, some spicy sopresatta, and a nice puttanesca sauce (I don’t normally buy tomato sauce, but since this was made by Russo’s and not full of preservatives, I made an exception. It was also delicious.).

The first pizza had puttanesca sauce, buffalo mozzarella, and torn basil. The second was just a brush of basil olive oil, ricotta, sopresatta, and caramelized onions (with a bit of balsamic thrown in). On the second pizza I also added some arugula once it was done, and to both, of course, a generous sprinkle of red pepper flakes.