A Jew and His Pizza


Wolfgang Puck introduced the Jewish pizza at Spago in the 90s: it’s pizza dough with creme fraiche, smoked salmon and caviar. I didn’t have any caviar tonight, but after a quick jaunt to a high end grocery store in Chelsea (after a movie) I was able to throw together a Jewish pizza in less than 15 minutes. The secret was pre-made pizza dough. Ya, that’s sucky, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I baked the pizza dough in a 450 oven for 10 minutes, after brushing with olive oil and scattering with thinly sliced onions:


Meanwhile, I combined creme fraiche with dill, salt and pepper. Once the pizza cooled down a bit, out of the oven, I spread the creme fraiche mixture on top, laid on the smoked salmon, and sprinkled chopped onion, capers and more dill over the top. The result? Oy vey, was it good! My son the doctor, he kvelled. So don’t be a meshugana, make a Jewish pizza. Put some meat on your bones. And call me–you never call!

WARNING: Jewish pizza may or may not cause unwanted Jewish mother-like symptoms. These may include nosiness, a tendency to meddle, a love for Barbra Streisand, pushiness, red onion breath and/or shpilkes in the geneckteckessoink. Please consult your son the doctor before baking.


  1. Well, I’m definitely Jewish and I love pizza, but can’t figure what’s Jewish about it? the salmon ? the cream cheese?

    From the jewish point of view, any pizza without meat is/can be “Jewish”, supposing he(it) had a brith. As you well know, Adam, sheine eengale’, a pizza without a brith is a goy (look under “Goyish Pizza” on Puck’s menu), Anyhow, I’m really grateful, (I won’t dare to speak in the name of the jewish people) to Wolfgang Puck to have dedicated a pizza to my people!!! WOW! Does it appear in his menu as Jewish Pizza? is it more or less expensive than the non jewish ones? are there any other “ethnic” pizzas on his menu? Maybe Armenian Pizza, or Cambodian Pizza? Just curious.

    Sei gesund,


  2. Simona, I’m absolutely positive that it’s the salmon that has been circumcised. That’s what makes it Jewish, not the pizza. Case in point: have you ever been to a briss where they didn’t serve lox?

    I love that “genecktegesoink,” a faux, meaningless Yiddish word invented by non-Jew Mike Myers, is now being adopted by Jews…

  3. I’m sure you’re right, Emily, it’s the circumsized lox who looks like a kippa (or streimel) on the pizza – that’s jewish indeed!…

    As for the Faux-Yiddish, not being american, I have no idea who Mike Myers is. I couldn’t figure our the meaning of the word, neither could my mother. Now I know: it’s a goyish Yiddish word!! Like the goyish jewish pizza invented by a goyish german american chef! I knew America is an unique country!!( Who on earth wants a cream cheese and lox pizza anyway?)