There are a few foods that shout "SUMMER". Gazpaucho. Kohlrabi. And margherita pizza. Margherita pizza, for those who don't know, has nothing to do with the beverage margarita, which coincidentally also shouts "summer". It's best with tomatoes and basil from the garden but store bought will do, if necessary. It's simple ingredients.
A few summers ago we had an exchange student from France (we're going to have a student from Germany live with us next year...but that's another story) and she went out for pizza with an American teenager. She told me that she had said she was going to order a margherita. The American teen told her that she could not have a margarita because it is not allowed here. Apparently they went back and forth in an Abbot and Costello type way for quite a bit to be able to understand what the other one was saying. That's what I think of every time I say the name of this pizza. BTW, we are not having margaritas with our margheritas.
I think to be most authentic type pizza sauced tomatoes are used. Due to Eleanor's aversion to tomatoes, a chopped/sliced one usually tops our pizza. Along with some garlic, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. James Lahey's pizza dough is a great thing to have ready to go....check out my post from 3/17/12.