My friend Bridget suggested this pizza combo to me after a meal she had at Santa Cruz’s Tramonti in Seabright. It was an all-white pizza featuring pears and blue cheese; she thought some arugula would add some zing and make it sing. She was right.

pear and arugula pizza

The base of this is a thin layer of Trader Joe’s Quattro Formaggio blend (asiago, fontina, provolone, and parmesan), topped with thin slices of ripe Asian pear, a handful or arugula, and finally a drizzle of gorgonzola. The sweetness of the pear substitutes nicely for tomato; the asiago and fontina give it a zing, arugula adds texture and contrast, and the gorgonzola makes it elegant. A keeper!