Café del Rey’s Mediterranean pizza

  (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

 

Dear SOS:

Café del Rey in Marina del Rey serves a Mediterranean pizza that is very different and one of my favorites. Is there any chance you can obtain the recipe?

John C. Severino

Encino

Dear John: We loved the light crust, bright sauce and array of colorful toppings in this pizza from Cafe del Rey. The restaurant was happy to share its recipe, which we've adapted below. The recipe makes two pies, perfect for company.

Café del Rey's Mediterranean pizza

Total time: 11/2 hours, plus rising times

Servings: 6 to 8

Note: Adapted from Café del Rey in Marina del Rey

Pizza dough

11/4 cups sparkling mineral water

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons active dry yeast Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

31/2 cups (15.5 ounces) bread flour, divided, plus more as needed for kneading

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the water, oil, sugar and yeast. Set aside the mixture for 15 minutes to hydrate the yeast.

2. Stir in the salt and two-thirds of the flour, 1 spoonful at a time, to achieve a very soft dough.

3. Turn out the dough onto a well-floured board and continue kneading in additional flour until a soft, sticky dough is achieved. The dough should be very moist; the more flour added, the heavier the dough and final crust.