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Homemade Italian Pizza Pie Recipe

I found this Italian Pizza Pie recipe in my father’s rather large 3 ring binder of a cookbook after he passed away. Funny, I’d never seen this cookbook one time the whole time he’d lived with us! It’s huge, apparently I wasn’t paying attention. It’s a shame because I would have been enjoying this pizza recipe much sooner if I had! Anyway, this is an old family recipe straight from one of the Italian restaurants they owned while my father was growing up. In full disclosure, I did make a couple of changes to the ingredients for the sauce part but that’s all.

I Love Pizza!

Next to pasta, Pizza is my favorite comfort food. My favorite way to eat it is at a restaurant piping hot and straight out of the oven. It’s so much better that way don’t you think? Sometimes we get it from a chain that makes the pies in house and then you take them home to bake them. Those are pretty tasty and on Tuesdays they have a fantastic price, but it’s still not the same. I still say they are always better at home or in the restaurant. Does that make me a Pizza snob? Oh well, maybe I am. 🙂

The Recipe

This Italian Pizza Pie recipe makes an authentic pizza crust especially if you do it in a black iron skillet, use a pizza stone or better yet a pizza oven! The sauce is really rich and delicious. Now when I make a pizza at home, this is my go to recipe, straight from the family recipe book. A pizza oven like one of these is on my wishlist. I also added a few other Pizza related items you might just need in your kitchen too!


Please use good quality cheeses like Romano and Provolone. You will be happy you did and it will be so much better that way.  I like to make one pie in the iron skillet and have a deep dish version and then make another on a pizza pan or stone that is thin and crispy. This usually pleases everyone. Oil your pizza pan with some good quality extra virgin olive oil for a super crispy crust.

What a travesty that I haven’t had this Italian Pizza Pie recipe all my life. I don’t even remember my father “Sal” ever making it! So weird because he cooked all the time! I found some other Pizza Equipment that you might also be interested in. If you like Italian Food, you might also enjoy my Spinach and Cream Cheese Canneloni Recipe.

I hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to hear from you soon letting me know what you think about this recipe.

Melissa

 

 

 

 

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Authentic Italian Pizza Pie
Authentic Italian Pizza Pie
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2-3 hours
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Passive Time 90 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
Pizza Toppings (all optional)
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2-3 hours
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Passive Time 90 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
Pizza Toppings (all optional)
Authentic Italian Pizza Pie
Instructions
Pizza Dough
  1. Add yeast to the warm water and stir until dissolved. Set aside for about 10 minutes. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and then add the yeast mixture. Mix until combined. Cover the bowl with a damp dish cloth and set in a warm place to rise. Once the dough has doubled in size, knock it down once and let it rise again. After it's risen a second time, knock it down again and roll out your pizza dough.
Pizza Sauce
  1. While your dough is rising, you can make your pizza sauce. Saute the onion and garlic in the extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Once the vegetables are softened (about 5 minutes) add all the other ingredients. Let this sauce simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
Recipe Notes

This recipe will make 2 small to medium pizza's with a regular crust. You can roll it out to your desired thickness, but keep in mind that cooking times will vary depending on your oven, the thickness of the crust and the type of pan you are cooking in.

After the dough and sauce is ready it's time to make your pizza.

Preheat your oven to 400-425.

Apply light coating of extra virgin olive oil onto your pans.

Roll out or press the dough into the pans. Using a fork, poke several holes in the bottom of the crust.

Then add your sauce and the toppings of your choice.

Place in oven and carefully watch the progress as each oven is different. It should take 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the crust and the temperature. If your crust is really thick you will want to turn the oven down to 375 and cook it a bit longer to make sure it is cooked through. When your crust is browned to perfection, it's time to take it out of the oven and Enjoy!

**For a Deep Dish Pizza use a cast iron skillet generously oiled with olive oil. Press the dough into the skillet and about half way up the sides then add your toppings.

 

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