Celebrate National Pizza Day with ALLORA’s Chef Chris Maher’s Carbonara Recipe

Today is a most delicious day! A day loved by all. Well, at least by me! This day celebrates my most favorite food to eat. It’s National Pizza Day!! Yayyyy! I could eat pizza everyday. I’ve had some pretty amazing pizzas in my lifetime but I personally love making pizzas myself. It’s fairly easy to prepare and you’ll definitely pat yourself on the back when it’s all done.

ALLORA’s Executive Chef Chris Maher, was kind enough to share the recipe to one of ALLORA’s signature pizzas, the Carbonara. This mouthwatering pizza is made with pancetta, cracked pepper, mozzarella, Percorino Romano and farm eggs. Sounds amazing right?!? Well make you grocery list and head to the store. Tonight is pizza night!

“I’ve been making pizza, in one form or another, for more than half my life. I’m fascinated by the seemingly endless possibilities. The pizza itself, acts as a vehicle for us to really create something special.” – Executive Chef Chris Maher

ALLORA- Atlanta,Georgia
Photo by Heidi Geldhauser



(Yields 4 Pizzas)



For the dough

4 cups “00” flour (if unavailable, all-purpose flour will work)

2 tsp sea salt

1.5 tsp instant dry yeast

1.5 cups water, room temperature

For the sauce

1 pint heavy cream

½ cup grated pecorino romano

1.5 Tbsp cracked black pepper

Kosher salt to taste

For the pizza

12oz fresh mozzarella

1/2lb pancetta, sliced thin

4 fresh farm eggs, room temperature


• Combine flour, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Mix to combine.

• Add water and mix to combine. Then, knead dough on low speed for 10 minutes. The mixture should come together into a unified mass that barely sticks to the bottom of the bowl.

• Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. It can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

• When ready to make pizza, transfer dough to a floured work surface. Divide dough into four even sections.

• Coat four small containers or bowls with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.

• With floured hands, form each section into a ball. Place one dough ball into each coated container or bowl. Lightly spray the top of each dough ball with nonstick cooking spray or coat with olive oil.

• Cover each container or bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours. Each dough ball should double in volume.

• To make the Sauce, simply mix all ingredients together.

• Heat a pizza stone in the oven at 450° F

Assemble the Pizzas:

• On a well-floured surface, stretch out each ball into a 10-inch circle. Use a floured rolling pin if you need it. Don’t worry about the dough being a perfect circle!

• Place one dough ball onto a lightly-floured pizza peel, shake gently to ensure that the dough is not sticking.

• Spread about 1/4 of the sauce over the dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch edge unsauced.

• Top the sauce with a quarter of the mozzarella slices, and prosciutto. Crack an egg right in the center of the pizza.

• Transfer pizza from peel to the hot stone and bake about 5 to 7 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is charred in places.

• Remove from the oven and top with fresh cracked pepper.

• Slice and enjoy!

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In the Kitchen with The Mini Me: Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Well today could not have been a better day. Today is the best day ever in fact. It’s National Pizza Day!!! Hot, cheesy, yummy pizza. I love pizza! I mean I can eat pizza every day. The options of toppings you can put on it are endless.

Today I got ambitious and decided to make a deep dish pizza.  And make the crust from scratch! I know! So I pulled up my trusty Pinterest App and searched for a quick and easy deep dish pizza crust recipe. I found one! And it was super easy! I went to the grocery store and gathered all my ingredients and headed home.

While I made the crust, I had my assistant and best kid ever, slice up the toppings. Making pizza with your kids is such a great activity. I usually purchase flatbread that way each of us can make our pizza with whatever topping we want.

The recipe called for 3 1/2cup of flour. I used 3 cups of bread flour and a 1/2 cup of fine cornmeal. I tossed that in a large bowl along with a teaspoon of kosher salt, and a tsp of sugar. Next time I think I’ll add some Italian seasoning too.

Next I had to bloom the active dry yeast. I used Hodgson Mill Active Dry Yeast. Blooming is a process to test whether the yeast is alive and to get it working sooner.  I added my yeast to a cup of warm and a teaspoon of sugar and let it set. After about five minutes you should see bubbling. When this happens you know your in business! I waited a few more minutes then added the yeast to the flower mixture with two teaspoons of melted butter.

Yeast blooming after about 5 minutes.


Next, mix and knead the dough. Unfortunately I don’t own a beautiful KitchenAid Mixer (a gifted one would be greatly appreciated) so I had to knead the dough by hand. For 7 minutes! After kneading the dough roll dough in oil, place back in bowl, and cover with a towl. Let set for an hour. No peeking!!

Preheat oven as high as your oven will go. 🔥

When the hour is up, the dough should be doubled in size. Cut dough in half. Store one in a airtight container and put in the refrigerator. You’re definitely going to want to make another one! Grease a cast iron skillet with butter and press dough into it with your fingers. (Sorry there are no pics. I was hungry and not thinking. I will update soon.) Let dough rest for fifteen minutes.

Now for the toppings!! My topping of choice were tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, fresh basil leaves, Italian turkey sausage, and turkey pepperoni. Yummy! I also used Classico Pizza Sauce and Kraft Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

My order of assemblage…

1. Pizza Sauce

2. Cheese

3. Toppings

4. More Cheese!!!

Put pizza in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove and painfully wait for 10 minutes. Now slice it up and dig in!!!


When I tell you how good this pizza is, I am not lying. It was so good!! Looks like I’ll be having pizza tomorrow too!