Spicy Zucchini & Salami Pizza Inspired by Dar Poeta

dar poeta spicy zucchini pizza

After the busiest summer of traveling EVER, Jerm and I are finally back to real life in New Smyrna Beach, FL! Sleeping in our own bed and being 3 blocks form the beach is great and all but I can’t help but dream about the dope food we had in Italy, Greece, New York, and Boston. Since I’ve been running around like a candy raver on too many drugs (totally a metaphor not IRL just SRSLY) , I haven’t had the opportunity to finalize my Italy travel guide (or any travel guide besides Boston, really). But when I do, you will see a pic of this oh-so-darling pizza from Dar Poeta in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, Italy.

Tucked into a corner on a narrow side street behind a piazza, the-hard-to-find Dar Poeta is not to be missed. With some of the most legit, cheap, and flavorful pizzas we found on our week long stay, this place instantly became one of our favorites. Their namesake, the Dar Poeta, is loaded with spicy zucchini, salami, mozzarella + garlic and is probably one of the best, most memorable variations I’ve ever had.

And TBH, I know I added some ingredients, but unfortunately our gmo’d-out grocery store stuff doesn’t taste anything like the real food we had in Italy so I needed to add some extra flavor. With that being said, if you make this with quality ingredients, the results will be super delicious and much more authentic.

Here we go!

Spicy Zucchini & Salami Pizza

(Inspired by Dar Poeta)


  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Some sort of oven-ready Pizza Dough (I used a piece of Naan because it works perfectly and it’s super easy or Roberta’s recipe if you’ve got some time)
  • 10 thinly sliced zucchini coins (or more if your pizza is bigger – you be the judge 😉
  • 1/8 cup chopped salami or sopressata
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded asiago
  • 3-4 pinches cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Begin by prepping your dough or if you’re using a piece of naan or another pre-made dough, then turn your broiler on and get ready.
  2. Next, In a small fry pan over medium heat, add your minced garlic, a pinch of salt, the red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant. Remove from heat and brush most of the garlic oil onto the dough reserving a little for later on in the recipe. Evenly distribute the sliced zucchini and follow with the the chopped salami, the torn fresh mozzarella, and the asiago.
  3. Finally, place on a pizza stone and broil until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown. Remove from heat, let it sit for a few minutes and serve with some basil if desired!

Please share your thoughts!