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Waves of steam emanated from the scarlet-colored pie as our server placed it down on our table. There wasn’t a shred of cheese in sight: no melty mozzarella, no feathery flakes of grated Parmesan. Just pure and simple sauce and dough, plus a sprinkling of thinly sliced garlic, a hit of oregano, a side of chili oil.
I picked up a slice, bit into the squishy, charred dough and momentarily closed my eyes as the umami-tang of molten tomatoes fired up my taste buds. That’s when I realized the revelation of the marinara pie.
We were at Leo, a pizzeria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that specializes in sourdough pizza topped with ingredients like mushrooms, shallots, and taleggio or one with clams, cream, and pecorino. Those other pies are great, too, but there’s something about the marinara’s bold, unadulterated, rousing gut punch that I didn’t know I needed—kind of like how the right color of red can make an otherwise dull room pop, magnetify a smile, and turn heads on the sidewalk.
This is my case to wear red: Be bold. And next time you go for pizza, order the marinara pie.