Chris Morgan Shares Secrets and techniques of Pizza Serata’s Steak Sandwich

Chris Morgan, the Michelin-starred chef who-cofounded Washington, D.C. ideas like Yasmine, a Lebanese kebab and cocktail bar, and Little Hen, a fried rooster eatery, has entered the pizza section with Pizza Serata, which opened in January at 550 Morse Avenue NE within the nation’s capital.

The menu, created by Morgan and “Pizza Czar” Anthony Falco (previously of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, New York), gives artisanal, private pan pizzas on housemade dough, recent salads, sides and extra. These will not be your common pan pizzas—they’re produced from a singular, 24-hour olive oil-based and warm-fermented dough that leads to a thick, crispy pizza that “travels exceptionally nicely,” in accordance with Morgan.

Pizza gadgets on the Pizza Serata menu embody the Studying Terminal (porchetta, mozzarella, broccoli rabe, provolone, pickled cherry peppers and a vodka sauce) and the Sizzling & Bothered (arrabiata sauce, soppressata, mozz, pecorino, oven-dried tomatoes, basil, Calabrian chili oil and honey).

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The Studying Terminal / Pizza Serata

However Morgan additionally plates connoisseur sandwiches just like the Crooked Italian (prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata, provolone, pickled cherry peppers, oven-dried tomatoes, arugula and garlic aioli) and a fan favourite, the Steak Sandwich.

“The easy issues are sometimes the very best,” Morgan stated of the sandwich. “This dish is a testomony to that. We use an ideal ingredient like Calabrian chiles and pack it right into a easy aioli that’s seasoned with a pop of honey for a contact of sweetness. The salsa verde brightens up the dish and cuts by way of the richness of the steak and the aioli. It’s an ideal pairing. On our freshly toasted, housemade focaccia that we make each morning after a 24-hour room temperature ferment, I’ve bother not consuming 5 of them day by day.”

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In his personal phrases, Morgan shared how he makes the Steak Sandwich, and we’re passing the secrets and techniques on to PMQ’s readers.


Skirt steak
Salsa verde
Calabrian aioli


1. Steak is cleaned and seasoned merely with salt and pepper.
2. It’s then grilled over medium excessive warmth for 3-4 minutes on both facet. (Cooked to medium uncommon to medium.) Skirt steak is skinny and cooks shortly. Larger warmth is your finest good friend right here.
3. We then enable the steak to relaxation at room temperature for 4-5 minutes to permit the meat to correctly relaxation earlier than slicing the steak towards the grain in 2”-3″ lengthy strips.
4. We toast our housemade focaccia on the flat prime (or in a pan) utilizing garlic-infused olive oil till the bread is properly browned on the within and left smooth on the surface.
5. On the underside of the bread we add a pleasant serving of our Calabrian aioli. The sliced steak is then laid over prime of the aioli. After topping the steak with a contact of ending salt—we use Maldon—the steak is completed with our salsa verde.

“This sandwich will make you overlook about all different steak sandwiches,” Morgan added.