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Simple Italian Pizza

Updated on June 30, 2015

Italian Pizza

Pizza is becoming as American as apple pie. I haven't been in any town where I didn't see Pizzerias. There are so many different ways of making it. So many different sauces. So many specialty pizzas. Veggie pizza, cheese pizza, meat pizza, Buffalo style chicken pizza, Taco pizza, you name it, they make it.

In this hub you will see my granddaughter and me making our own pizza. And, as usual, I made it so simple that anyone could make it. It may be easier to just pick up the phone and order a pizza, which I do a lot, but there are times when we just feel like making it ourselves. And it costs 1/4 of the price.

Also, this is one of those foods that children love to make. They get to design it themselves and decide what they want to put on it.

It's also nice for a young couple to do together. It's a nice date night. Movie at home and a home made pizza.

It's even good for those old fashion sleep over parties for your teenagers. Just supply the ingredients and let them have fun in the kitchen.

So give it a try, you won't be sorry and "Mangiare Buono"!

My Nona's Pizza

Now pizza is common, but back when I was a little girl in the 50's the only pizza we had was the one my nona (grandmother) made. It was always square in a pan that we now call a cake pan. She always made her own dough, own sauce and cheese that was imported from relatives she still had in Italy. That was all, no pepperoni or mushrooms or other toppings.

My earliest memories of pizza was "my nona's pizza". There was nothing like since then. She died at a ripe old age of 101 in 1995. She only ate things she made, her own pasta, vegetables and fruits and tomato sauce she canned herself, her own bread, cakes and pizza dough. She was only 4'9" tall and had a rolling pin that was almost as tall as she was and was made to fit her little hands just perfectly. She said she was making pasta since she was about 5 years old in Italy. They say "practice makes perfect", and I guess that's why her food was nearly perfect.

Photos of Pizza 2 Ways

The round one has just cheese and pepperoni and the square one has sauce, cheese and veggies.
The round one has just cheese and pepperoni and the square one has sauce, cheese and veggies. | Source
2 loaves of frozen bread dough, defrosted and risen.
2 loaves of frozen bread dough, defrosted and risen. | Source
Olivia spreading out the dough
Olivia spreading out the dough | Source
Olivia making her pizza
Olivia making her pizza | Source
All done!
All done! | Source
The round pizza baked
The round pizza baked | Source
Dough spread out on the square one
Dough spread out on the square one | Source
With the sauce
With the sauce | Source
The vegetables sautéed
The vegetables sautéed | Source
With the cheese and sauce
With the cheese and sauce | Source
Ready for the oven.
Ready for the oven. | Source
Ready to eat.
Ready to eat. | Source

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Italian Pizza

Italian Traditional Pizza

  • The Pizza Margherita may have set the standard, but there are numerous popular varieties of pizza made in Italy today.
  • Pizza from Pizzeria is the cognized round shape, made to order and always cooked in a wood fired oven.
  • Regional varieties are always worth trying such as Pizza Marinara.
  • A traditional Neapolitan pizza that has oregano, anchovies and lots of garlic.
  • Pizza Napoli; tomato, mozzarella and anchovies.
  • Capricciosa: a topping of mushrooms, prosciutto, artichoke hearts, olives and a boiled egg!
  • Pizza Pugliese makes use of the local capers and olives of that area.
  • Pizza Veronese has mushrooms and Prosciutto.
  • Pizzas from Sicily can have numerous toppings ranging from green olives, seafood, hard-boiled eggs and peas!

Not Including Defrosting Time for the Dough

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2 large pizzas

Ingredients for Both Pizzas

  • 2 loaves frozen dough, defrosted
  • Pizza Sauce: 1 (15oz.) can tomato sauce
  • To taste - Oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For Veggie Pizza: 1/2 cup each of sweet onion, chopped, sweet pepper, chopped and, sliced fresh mushrooms, and 2 or 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 (2.5 oz.) can sliced black olives
  • 3 cups Pizza blend cheese
  • For cheese & Pepperoni Pizza: 2 cups, Pizza blend cheese
  • As needed Sliced pepperoni
  • Approx, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Start early in the morning and take 2 loaves of frozen dough out of the freezer. Rub a large sheet pan with oil and rub oil all over the frozen loaves. Place them on the pan and cover first with plastic wrap and then with a clean cloth. It will take several hours for them to defrost, then about another hour or two for them to rise.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or spray with non-stick spray 2 large pans. Square or round. Punch down the dough and place one on each pan and push them out with your hands. This will take a little while. See pictures.
  3. If you get holes, don't worry, just push them together or patch them. When the dough is spread out, spoon sauce on the dough, then the cheese and then whatever toppings you choose.
  4. We chose cheese and pepperoni for the round one (Olivia's preference), and pizza sauce, cheese and sautéed vegetables for the rectangle one.
  5. Bake at 400. I place one wrack in the middle of the oven and the other one higher. I baked the pizzas 10 minutes on the bottom wrack and 5 minutes on the top wrack. Let them sit about 5 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!
  6. THE CHEESE AND PEPPERONI PIZZA: Self explanatory, just spread the cheese and top with the pepperoni.

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      Rachel L Alba 23 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      OH how nice, thank you so much for the comment and visit. Tell your daughters I said thanks.

      Blessings to you.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 23 months ago from Cork, Ireland

      Five Stars Pizza. Cool recipe. My daughters grabbed this article and promised to surprise me, because they are very good at baking. I always make mistakes when I bake something :)

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Susan, thanks for visiting and your kind comment. It's appreciated.

      Blessings to you.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'd love to have about half of that veggie pizza right about now. Gotta try it soon!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie, the great thing about doing it yourself is you use whatever ingredients you like. That makes it special. Some people do prebake the crust, but I find it hardens it a little and I like a softer crust. You can also roll it out very thin if you like. You do it, your way. Thank you always for your visits and comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Vicky, Yes, it is a simple pleasure in life. There aren't many, but this is one. Thank you for your visits and comments. All is appreciated.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Thelma, Thanks for the visit, great comments and the vote. I appreciate it all.

      Blessing to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will sure try these; look delicious. The best pizzas I ever had was made by a couple of Italian brothers and they never over baked their crust (my husband sometimes complained about that) but I thought it was fantastic and even though I would eat it with anything on it just plain cheese was great too. It melted in my mouth!

      Can't wait to try yours. ^+

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      Vicki Holder 2 years ago from The beautiful Ouachita Mtns. in Arkansas

      I just had dinner but your pizzas still made me hungry. I consider making home made pizza one of life's simple pleasures.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love selfmade pizza as I can put the ingredients (like anchovies, Bratwurst, etc) I wanted to eat which are not in a ready made pizza in the shops here. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Voted this up and useful.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jeanie, Thank you, you're so sweet for following my hubs and for the ad on FB. I remember when Britney had to eat gluten free, we found out that Sabatinni's made a gluten free pizza. I wonder if they would sell their dough? That Pillsbury dough is good too.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Pat, Thanks again for the visit. I love hearing from you. God is giving me the grace to keep going. Thanks for asking.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jeanie 2 years ago

      I know Olivia loved hers. She was excited to eat her pizza without sauce. LOL I need to find a gluten free recipe that's easy because most gf pizza's taste like cardboard and pizza was my favorite. Yours look delicious! I know my Mom used to make quick pizzas with Pillsbury dough in the tube, she also used it as a short cut for strombolies. She used to buy the frozen dough and go through the whole defrosting and rising and rolling out and one day she decides to try the Pillsbury dough in the can. Very tasty and quicker but can't beat that fresh raised dough.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O yes...I can smell this baking. My Momma used to make some divine pizza....this brings me back to those days with her.

      You had a helper...lucky you :D

      Fortunately I have just had dinner or I would be scrambling to make this.

      Hoping all is good with you... Angels are on the way to you. ps

      Voted up+++