Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza

Beef carpaccio pizza with rare thin slices of beef, gooey cheese and arugula on a wood board.

What does Sfiziosa mean in Italian?

Well, it’s not Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza as I assumed because Sfiziosa was the name of the pizza on the menu at Locanda del Gatto Rosso (The Red Cat) in Milano, Italy. However, sfiziosa does mean delicious, whimsical, fanciful, frivolous and/or extravagant. Which is perfect for describing this decadent pizza. I’ve put my own spin on it and even created my own homemade pizza dough recipe after my visit to Italy. I hope you enjoy it.

pizza on a white table with a glass of wine and a basket of bread sticks.
This is the Beef carpaccio & truffle pizza from Locanda del Gatto Rosso in Milano, Italy. It was heavenly and just great to be sitting in a café in Italy.
Mall housed in a glass-covered 19th-century arcade in Milano, Italy.
This is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Like my pizza that I devoured while there, it screams extravagance. It’s housed in a glass-covered 19th-century arcade with luxury clothing brands & upscale dining. It was also on my way to see Duomo (Italy’s largest cathedral).
Caucasian woman with red hair standing amongst the flying buttresses of Cathedral Duomo.
Here I am among the flying buttresses of Duomo. This cathedral took over 600 years to build and words can’t express its magnificence. I literally cried when I turned the corner to see it for the first time.

Step by Step Instructions:

Make this homemade pizza dough first or buy pre-made dough (uncooked).

Preheat your oven and the pizza stone to 500°F/260°C/Gas Mark 10

Place your pizza stone in the oven during the preheat and wait at least 20 minutes more after the oven has reached temperature before placing the pizza on the stone.

It’s best to freeze your filet mignon at least two hours before slicing. If not using a meat slicer, slice it as thin as you can with a very sharp knife and then sandwich the slices between plastic wrap, parchment or wax paper, and pound with something flat (mallet, saucepan, etc.). Do this on a cutting board to protect your countertop.

Female hand holding sliced raw beef to show how thick to slice it.

Lightly flour your countertop and roll your dough out to desired thickness. I recommend 1/8 inch/3.17mm thick and about 10 inches/25.4cm in diameter. Generously coat your pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina to prevent pizza from sticking to the peel and/or pizza stone. 

Round, rolled out pizza dough on a lightly floured granite countertop with a wood rolling pin on top.
Generously dusted wood pizza peel with cornmeal

Gently place your rolled out dough onto the pizza peel, evenly top with fresh mozzarella cheese. *see notes if using minced truffles or truffle zest. 

Homemade rolled out pizza dough laying on a wood pizza peel. There's a nutcracker in the foreground who looks like a chef.
chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese and dollops of minced black truffles layered on top of raw pizza dough.

Slide the pizza onto the pre-heated stone and bake for 5-7 minutes or until bottom of crust is turning brown (you can use a spatula to check by lifting an edge). 

Once pizza crust is done and cheese is bubbling, remove from oven, place on cutting board and top with the thinly sliced beef, salt and pepper, arugula, parmigiano reggiano cheese shavings, and optional truffle slices. Finish by drizzling with truffle oil. I like to cut into squares for smaller pieces.

cooked pizza dough with melted cheese and dollops of minced truffle on a wood cutting board.
Thinly sliced pieces of raw filet mignon layered over the cheese and minced truffles on baked pizza dough.
Parmesan cheese ribbons being sliced off block with vegetable peeler.
Large ribbons of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese are easily achieved by using a vegetable peeler.
Beef carpaccio pizza with rare thin slices of beef, gooey cheese and arugula on a wood board.

Pair this amazing homemade pizza with a nice Italian red wine such as a Primativo or an Amarone, or any dry red wine and wipe the drool from your chin. 🙂

Masculine hands presenting a bottle of red wine.
This is the wine that the server recommended to go with my Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza in Italy. It was quite yummy.
Beef carpaccio pizza with rare thin slices of beef, gooey cheese and arugula on a wood board. There's a nutcracker in the foreground who looks like a chef.

Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza

Stacey Mincoff
Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza is an absolutely extravagant pizza that I love making at home. It’s a perfect date night pizza for two.
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 804 kcal

Equipment

  • Pizza stone
  • Pizza Peel

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 Foolproof & Easy Pizza Dough Recipe
  • 4 Ounces Filet Mignon cut very thin
  • 4 Ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Baby Arugula about a handful, also known as rocket
  • 1 Tablespoon Truffle Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese shaved
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons minced truffle or shaved truffle, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cornmeal for dusting peel

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven and the pizza stone to 500°F/260°C/Gas Mark 10
  • Place your pizza stone in the oven during the preheat and wait at least 20 minutes more after the oven has reached temperature before placing the pizza on the stone.
  • It’s best to freeze your filet mignon at least two hours before slicing. If not using a meat slicer, slice it as thin as you can with a very sharp knife and then sandwich the slices between plastic wrap, parchment or wax paper, and pound with something flat (mallet, saucepan, etc.). Do this on a cutting board to protect your countertop.
  • Lightly flour your countertop and roll your dough out to desired thickness. I recommend 1/8 inch/3.17mm thick and about 10 inches/25.4cm in diameter. Generously coat your pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina to prevent pizza from sticking to peel and/or pizza stone.
  • Gently place your rolled out dough onto the pizza peel, evenly top with fresh mozzarella cheese. *see notes if using minced truffles or truffle zest.
  • Slide the pizza onto the pre-heated stone and bake for 5-7 minutes or until bottom of crust is turning brown (you can use a spatula to check by lifting an edge). 
  • Once pizza crust is done and cheese is bubbling, remove from oven, place on cutting board and top with the thinly sliced beef, salt and pepper, arugula, parmigiano reggiano cheese shavings, and optional truffle slices. Finish by drizzling with truffle oil.  

Notes

If using truffle zest, I would recommend sprinkling that onto the cheese before or after if comes out of oven, and before placing the beef and other ingredients just because it will look better. The same goes for the minced truffle. Sliced truffle should always go on top for presentation.

Nutrition

Calories: 804kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 36gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 588mgPotassium: 360mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 600IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 459mgIron: 4mg
Keyword beef carpaccio, black truffle, homemade pizza dough, Pizza, truffle oil, white truffle
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How do I get the beef carpaccio so thin?

Freeze for at least two hours before slicing so it’s firmer and easier to slice. I use a Stainless Steel Meat Slicer. I know it may seem extravagant, but so is this Beef Carpaccio & Truffle Pizza. You can use the slicer for other stuff too. One example: I slice my own turkey or ham after the holidays. 
You can also slice it as thin as you can with a very sharp knife and then sandwich the slices between plastic wrap, parchment or wax paper, and then pound with something flat (mallet, saucepan, etc.). Do this on a cutting board to protect your countertop. 

Do I have to buy expensive truffles for a truffle pizza?

No, if you can afford truffles, then by all means go crazy! But, if you’re saving your pennies for that private jet and want to spend much less, then here are some very affordable and delicious options:  This Sabatino Tartufi Truffle Zest Seasoning, which you really need to try on popcorn if you haven’t already. This Sabatino Tartufi White Truffle Infused Oil. Minced Black Truffle. I have used all of these options and sometimes I’ll combine a couple. I always use the truffle oil and maybe add some extra minced or shaved truffles, but that’s totally optional. 

What tools are helpful to make a pizza at home?

A good Pizza Peel & Pizza Cutter,and you will really need a Pizza Stone to get the perfect crust, which can also be used to bake cookies or bread. 

You might also like these other homemade pizzas

Shrimp & Pesto Pizza

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