Ricotta. Or ree-COAT-a as a recent rerun of Iron Chef taught me it was actually pronounced. Silly me, I’ve been saying ri-cot-a this whole time. From now on, all remotely Italian-sounding pizza ingredients will be pronounced with the appropriate accent.
So. Ree-COAT-a! Before this pizza I had never had an experience with ricotta. I’d heard of it of course, but I had never been brave enough to order a dish with ricotta in it. I think it was always slightly synonymous with mascarpone, its sweeter, dessert-centric cousin, in my head for whatever reason. But after experimenting with ricotta in my own kitchen, I am now a believer!
I bought my ricotta at Target (fancy, I know) and was surprised when I opened the container and found it looked a bit like cream cheese.