A light char on a pizza is something that many foodies hope to see on a restaurant pizza crust, as it adds a smoky flavor and provides visual proof of the pizza oven's high heat. However, diners who visit Olivella Restaurant in New Jersey have the chance to try a pizza with an all-black charcoal crust.
Salvatore Olivella observed the popularity of charcoal pizza crusts in Italy and decided to experiment with adding activated charcoal to his own crusts. As he says: "Activated charcoal has been used to treat poisonings for years, but only recently has it been added to food, drinks, and cosmetics. It is reputed to aid digestion, reduce gas and bloating, and absorb toxins in the body."
Although the pizza crust has a blackened look from the inclusion of charcoal, it simply boasts a darker color than the average pizza crust and does not have a burnt taste. At Olivella's, the charcoal pizza crust option is available for any of its 16 pizza types.