While living in France, my friend Lauren had the strangest pizza with some of her friends - a hearty pizza pie with an egg cracked in the middle.

She said the egg was cooked, but only just enough so that you could pierce the yolk with a fork and spread it over the pizza so that the yolky flavor got onto every slice.

Folks, I would like to introduce you to my new friend - Pizza Florentine. Now, if this doesn’t sound like your idea of pizza, think again because it’s really wonderful.

Legend has it that Pizza Florentine was invented as a breakfast pizza in Italy. But it is often eaten today as an unadorned single-course meal.

However you eat it - for breakfast, lunch, or dinner -the pizza combines some of my personal favorite earthy Italian spices with warm, gooey, melted cheese, rich red tomato sauce and a hearty crust. ?It’s no wonder an egg goes so well with these other flavors! It’s breakfast AND pizza.