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Join Our Table: Basal Pizza

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Know Jorge

How many places have you lived?

8 places in 3 different countries.

Who is your culinary influence?

Paternal Grandmother, The Ramones and Fergus Hellerson

What do you do in your spare time?

  • Read A LOT
  • Cook
  • Linux programming

What are three words that describe you?

“It’s only business”

Feeling inspired by neopolitan pizza?

You can make a tasty sauce for your homemade pizza.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 2 cans 28oz whole peeled tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


Heat oil in a medium heavy pot over medium. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring ocassionally, until very soft, about 5 minutes; stir in basil. Add tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you go; season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer gently, stiring occassionally, until sauce is thick, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

Chef’s Tip: Sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill, or freeze up to 3 months.