Pizza Three Ways, Barry Wine Style

Once again, a big a gigantic thank you for voting me into Round 5 of Project Food Blog. This week’s challenge prompt asked us to put our own spin on pizza. If you like this post and would like to see me in Round 6 (yes, please!) you can vote for my blog here.

When I was a child, my parents owned a restaurant called The Quilted Giraffe. My father Barry Wine, a lawyer turned chef, was famous for being both innovative and eccentric in the kitchen.

Inspired by two of his favorite things, pizza and Japanese cuisine, my dad put Tuna Sashimi and Wasabi Pizza on The Quilted Giraffe’s menu in 1987. That pizza has been replicated by many different chefs, many times since: Barry Wine’s Raw Tuna Wasabi pizza has been on the menu of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen for years.

So when I found out I had to make pizza, I couldn’t not make my dad’s signature dish. And I couldn’t make that pizza without my dad.

So I called him up and we talked pizza. We made plans to make the Tuna Wasabi version, as well as two other kinds, over at his house in his pizza oven.

Yeah. He’s got a wood-fired pizza oven in his house.

Let me just mention here that pizza’s not something I eat a lot (I don’t have celiac disease, but I just feel better when I don’t eat wheat/gluten), and it’s definitely not typical fare for this blog. But because I got to do this with my dad, and because we made “The Barry Wine Pizza”, this was a special experience for me, gluten and all.

I’m very happy to be able to share it with you.

I made the dough a day in advance (feel free to use your favorite gluten-free dough or a store-bought dough, if you like)…

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…and the next morning, we got to work.

Tuna Wasabi Pizza

To make pizza Barry Wine-style, you first need to divide your dough, and then on a floured surface, you need to roll it very thin. Transfer the dough to your pizza peel, if you have one, then drizzle it with olive oil and get it in the oven.

You want the oven to be very hot, by the way…

…but this isn’t so hot that you can’t do it in a regular oven. You know, in case you don’t happen to have a pizza oven at home ;)

While it’s cooking, you can get on with the toppings.

You’ll first want to make the wasabi “cheese” topping. To do this, we mixed one small container of creme fraiche with 2-3 tablespoons of wasabi paste (made from powdered wasabi and water). A combination of ricotta cheese and cream cheese can be used instead of creme fraiche if you prefer, and you can add a dash of mirin, white wine, and some lime juice, if you like. Taste and add more wasabi if you want the “sauce” to be spicier, or add more of the other ingredients to taste. Also have ready your other toppings: you’ll want carrot and daikon radish marinated in some ponzu sauce, if possible (cut these into very thin “shoestrings”: use a spiral slicer, or a vegetable peeler works in a pinch) and some cooked shelled edamame. Pickled ginger, toasted white or black sesame seeds, minced chives or green onion, and shiso leaves would all work as additional toppings, too.

Make sure to buy sashimi grade (#1) tuna. I found it at my local fish market (I don’t eat tuna a lot because it’s not considered a sustainable fish, but I made an exception this time…also, you really don’t use all that much, because it’s sliced so thin).

For thinly slicing the tuna, an extremely sharp knife is necessary (my dad’s is from Japan)…

Place overlapping slices between two layers of plastic wrap, and pound even thinner.

After a few minutes in the oven, your dough will be cooked…

…and you can go ahead and build the pizza.

You’ll spread a thick layer of the wasabi topping on first, then add the tuna slices.

Then pile on the marinated carrots and daikon, and finish with the edamame and any other additional toppings you are using.

Finally, cut into slices and enjoy.

Mashed Potato Pizza with Corn and Fried Egg

Next up was Mashed Potato Pizza topped with a fresh corn salsa and chunks of roasted local red peppers.

To the already baked dough, we spooned on a very thick layer of mashed potatoes (simple to make: I boiled peeled local Yukon gold potatoes, drained them, then mashed them with organic butter and cream, added sea salt and pepper, then added water to achieve the correct consistency), then added the corn salsa (basically just fresh corn that we mixed with a bit of lime juice, minced red onion and jalapenos) and the roasted red peppers. We put it back in the oven for a minute or two, then when it was sliced, we added fried eggs (hooray for backyard chickens!).

The only thing missing? Maybe a little cooked and crumbled bacon…pastured and preservative-free would be my top choice, of course.

Quick Tomato Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza

The final pizza we made was a Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza. I made a “five minute tomato sauce” with the last of the San Marzano tomatoes from my garden, a little garlic, onion, and olive oil (basil would have been great, too, but I didn’t have any), then thick slices of fresh mozzarella were arranged on the raw dough before dolloping on the sauce. After baking for just a couple of minutes, this was pizza perfection.

So there you have it! Three very unique pizzas, inspired by the very unique Barry Wine.

Thanks so much for being my pizza guru, Dad. We love your pizza, and we love you.

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Pizza Dough

inspired by Barry Wine


  • *1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • *3/4 cup lukewarm water plus 3/4 cup room temperature water
  • *pinch of organic sugar
  • *3 1/2 cups organic all purpose flour
  • *1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • *2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for oiling the bowl
  • *1 large or 2 small egg yolks, preferably organic and free-range


  • 1. Stir yeast and lukewarm water together in a bowl. Add pinch of sugar and mix well. Let sit until starting to bubble, about 10 minutes.
  • 2. Combine flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the yeast mixture, the other 3/4 cup water, the olive oil, and the egg yolk(s). Using the dough hook and adding additional flour if needed, mix well to form a dough.
  • 3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead for a few minutes with your hands.
  • 4. Lightly oil a large bowl and place dough inside. Cover with a damp towel (or with plastic wrap) and place in a warm location. Let rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  • 5. Punch dough down, and let rise again, another 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • 6. At this point the dough can be left in the covered bowl (or removed and wrapped in plastic) and placed in the refrigerator overnight, if desired. When you are ready to use it, allow it to rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, then cut into smaller pieces, and roll out into rounds (or whatever shape pizza you are making).

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  6. What a wonderful family story, Winnie. I had no idea of your family background. And I just adore these innovative pizzas you’ve made here. Although I’ve always made homemade pizzas, my approach to topping them is usually a “whatever” one, based on what veggies and herbs I have in the garden, what kind of cheese I happen to have in the fridge, and what sort of leftovers need using up. The flavors you’ve used in these pizzas are so interesting, and I want to try them all.

  7. What a heartwarming story and so beautiful that you were able to make these pizzas with your father! You definitely will have my vote for this one!

  8. A wood-fired oven is definitely the way to go! I’m working on building one in my backyard. Your flavor combinations are incredible, I would love to savor each one! You have a vote from me.

    • Thanks Jeanne! Can’t wait to hear how your pizza oven turns out…and thanks for your support- hope we both make it to the next round!

  9. Love this post!! You have a vote from me!

    For my entry, I made pizza for all the wrong times of day: some Deep Dish Pizza Cupfakes and Pizzas Benedict :) Come see if you’d like!

  10. I think you would have liked mine, since you don’t like wheat…
    I would have loved a bite (or the whole thing) of the tuna pizza.
    I can’t believe he has that oven! I’m SO JEALOUS!

  11. legation a wonderful story – & what a treat you engaged your dad’s expertise on this project! My dad & I * always* made fudge for the holidays – taking to the kitchen w/ your r dad brings me right home!
    A rice flour crust would be perfect for the Japanese inspired pizza! N my dad would Have enjoyed one with potatoes! !

  12. Winnie~
    This pizza looks wonderful! I love your creative topping ideas. One of my favorite food combos is mashed potatoes served with a corn/tomato type saute. So, that one in particular sparks my interest!

  13. What a fantastic name: The Quilted Giraffe….love it. Once again, this is a great post. At first glance the pictures reminded me of making pizza in Tuscany in a brick oven…then read on to find that you have (well you Dad has) a wood fired pizza oven…LUCKY woman. How great that you did this with you Dad :) Looks like you all had a good time…and everything looks delicious. You have my vote – Good Luck!
    – Butter

  14. Love, love, LOVE that you have a pizza oven you can “borrow”! Great photos and delicious-looking pizza. I just voted for you. -Katy

  15. Another awesome post and what a fabulous looking pizza. My oldest son is a huge tuna and wasabi guy…we’ll have to make this together the next time he’s here. How nice to see shots of your Dad and your child (I presume). Time to go vote for this deliciousness. – S

    • Thanks Steve- thanks for your support, and yes… that’s my dad with my daughter chowing on the mashed potato pizza ;)

  16. So this is in your genes Winnie…How great to share this experience with your Dad and learn from him as well. Kudos to you both!

  17. So now I understand a bit more…you were born into this! You are such a talented chef/baker/blogger, and I’m loving each new post you are doing for this challenge. You continue to knock my socks off! And nothing can beat pizza from a pizza oven…nothing!

    • Monet,
      Thanks- you are too sweet. I actually can’t believe how much I am enjoying this competition…it’s really fun.

    • You would do crazy good things with your own pizza oven, Mardi! Thanks for the encouragement…I hope you are doing the same.

  18. Lovely story; so glad that you could share this experience with your dad and your readers. And what a unique assortment of pizzas; they all sound yummalicious to boot. But what really caught my eye. That oven…oh my. Amazing. Want. Bad.

    Good luck.

  19. Wow these pizza are all so yummy looking. I would love the sashimi one , so unique. It’s so great that you made them with your Father. Continue success on the challenges.

  20. i love how these challenges enable us to really think about what matters in life. seems like it gives a bigger meaning to food blogging in general. i read your post as more a story about life, nostalgia and relationships than about food, of course the pizza is what tied it all together. beautiful.

  21. It must be fantastic to share your passion with your father!!
    One of the most original pizzas I’ve seen AND it looks delicious!!

  22. Wow – we are having pizza for supper and it will be the simple tomato-mozz. Lucky you to have such a wonderful Dad! best, Liz

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  24. you definitely have my vote… this is a great post and including your Dad is perfect. :D

    every pizza looks delicious!! I’ve had and created a variation of an ahi + wasabi pizza – so fabulous.

  25. This is a fantastic post. It makes me want a pizza oven in my kitchen. I also am a little in love with your dad.

    Take that, Project Food Bloggers! – this is top notch food blogging.

    xo Kim

    • My dad is a real charmer. And the oven is awesome. We can go visit them both sometime when you’re up here ;)

  26. This is fabulous, delicious and heart-warming. How perfect to enter this challenge with your famous father. I’ll be voting for you.