Bloody Massimo

Chef: Massimo Riccioli starter soup brunch
Time 25 min Difficulty Easy Serves 4


  • 2 slices stale country bread, cut into 4 croutons or toast
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 1 or 2 celery stalks, cut into sticks
  • about 12 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


Brush the bread with olive oil, then bake in a hot oven or under the broiler until crisp and golden brown, a few minutes on each side, then set aside.

Cook about half of the tomato puree with the salt for about 5 minutes on low heat. Then, add the remaining puree, balsamic vinegar, pepper to taste, and the vodka.

Blend the mozzarella with about 2/3 of the basil, a pinch of pepper to taste, until it forms a smooth cream; place in the bottom of four wide bottomed martini glasses.

Add a layer of the tomato mixture, and garnish with a stick of celery, a toasted bread crouton, and a few leaves of the reserved basil.