Gorgonzola Pizza with Fresh Tomato and Let Him Go

Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie! Today, I have a super simple pizza and an edge-of-your-seat movie. The movie Let Him Go had been on my radar since last year, but I only just watched it – and it was worth the wait! An American neo-Western, this film takes place in the 1960s, starring Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Our Pizza today is basically three ingredients (five, if you count the fresh basil and black pepper finish). Creamy Gorgonzola cheese with mozzarella, finished with huge slices of Beefsteak tomato and basil leaves; it’s a very pretty pizza. Let’s get to it!

Gorgonzola Pizza with Fresh Tomato and basil

More Cheese, Please!

This is a basic cheese pizza, but it’s the type of cheese that makes it special. Gorgonzola is super creamy and you can definitely substitute crumbled blue cheese, if you like. I used fresh mozzarella, which made this a fork-and-knife pizza, at least while it was bubbling hot. If you want your pizza to be less wet, use low moisture shredded mozzarella.

Once your dough is stretched out, layer on the mozzarella. Then a very generous portion of Gorgonzola scattered evenly over the mozzarella. This is ready for the oven! Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes in a 450 degree oven.

Gorgonzola Pizza

I love the blue ripples of Gorgonzola and the the look and texture of big thick slices of fresh tomato on this pizza. If you can’t find big Beefsteak tomatoes (or another large tomato), You can use more slices of a smaller tomato for good coverage. Just be sure to slice them about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick.

When this pizza comes out of the oven, with the crust golden and the cheese bubbly, let it sit for about 2-4 minutes.

Then, lay the tomato slices on top and finish it off with fresh basil leaves and fresh cracked black pepper.

Gorgonzola Pizza with Fresh Tomato and basil

Gorgonzola Pizza with Fresh Tomato

Gorgonzola Pizza with Fresh Tomato, basil and black pepper

Movie Night: Let Him Go

We have our Gorgonzola Pizza with Fresh Tomato ready to go, so how about that movie? Let Him Go is what is called a neo-Western, a film genre that follows the traditions of classic Westerns but is set in a contemporary time period, with contemporary values. Included in this genre is the movie Hell or High Water, and the TV show Breaking Bad.

A few years after the untimely death of their son, George (Kevin Costner) and Margaret (Diane Lane) Blackledge set off to track down their grandson who was suddenly taken by his mother and her new husband to North Dakota. In a desperate move to hold on to the one thing that connects her to her son, Margaret and George soon find themselves in over their heads. This slow-burning film soon becomes a terrifying thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Thank you all for spending Pizza and a Movie with me today! This pizza is super simple and so satisfying! The fresh tomato is a refreshing change from cooking the tomato on the pie; it retains its moisture and texture to give fresh, meaty ripe tomato flavor in every bite. Give me a follow on Instagram for stories and posts. And in case you missed it, last week’s Pizza and a Movie featured my video collaboration with Mugnaini Wood Ovens, Check it out! Djalali Cooks with Mugnaini. Take care and be well, xo Kelly

Gorgonzola Pizza with Fresh Tomato

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes

Rich, creamy Gorgonzola and mozzarella topped with fresh tomato slices, fresh basil and cracked black pepper – simple and fresh for summer.


  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 1/2 16-oz. Package of Sliced Fresh Mozzarella, torn into pieces (or 1 cup shredded low moisture mozzarella)
  • Gorgonzola, or Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 1 large Ripe Tomato (Beefsteak or an heirloom variety), sliced into 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Cracked Black Pepper



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


On a floured pizza peel, dust the dough with flour and create a crust around the perimeter of the dough and flatten down the center.


Stretch it out on the backs of your hands, left hand over right hand, until the dough is roughly 12-inches around.


Add more flour evenly on the peel and lay the dough on the peel.


Evenly scatter the mozzarella on the dough, then the Gorgonzola.


Bake the pizza until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly, about 15 minutes.


When the pizza comes out of the oven, let the pie sit for 2-4 minutes. Then place the tomato slices evenly on the pizza.


Top with fresh basil leaves and fresh cracked pepper.

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  • Terry
    July 30, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Ooh, I’ve been waiting all week to see what pizza nite was going to be. I don’t have beef steak tomatoes but I have the smaller ones. That movie looks really good you can’t go wrong with Costner and Lane. I’ll keep you posted ❤️Mom have a great weekend

    • Kelly Djalali
      July 30, 2021 at 11:28 am

      Hey Mom! Yeah, the movie is so good. Despite the trailer, I was really surprised at how tense the movie is. Let me know how you like the pizza, xo Kelly

  • Mari
    July 30, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    There is nothing more perfect in the summer than a big, beautiful beefsteak tomato, and when you add that to pizza , wow! It looks gorgeous just sitting there, but I’m pretty sure no one at my house would just leave it sit there. Especially not on pizza night. Like your Mom, I love to see what the Friday pizza is every week. Somehow it helps the week speed by when there is something to look forward to. And who wouldn’t look forward to pizza? Another winner in the pizza sweeps. I am kinda excited about the liver pate recipe you talked about yesterday. You had me at crispy bread and a nice tart jam to pair it with. Have mercy woman. There’s only so much awesomeness we can take! After that , just put up a recipe for ice cubes so we can get our pulse rates back to normal.

    • Kelly Djalali
      July 30, 2021 at 2:17 pm

      You’re too funny, Mari! 🙂 I love that y’all look forward to Friday night Pizza and a Movie as much as we do! I will have the pâté and preserves recipe this fall. It’s my favorite appetizer from our favorite restaurant in Los Gatos, The Bywater. I have missed it since we left California; so I guess I have to figure out how to replicate it! Thanks so much for writing today, it’s always so nice to hear from you! Have a wonderful weekend, xo Kelly