Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Italian Bakery Pizza recipe

Italian Bakery Pizza

In Providence RI, italian bakeries sell a crusty pizza with simple toppings (crushed tomatoes, herbs, olive oil) with no cheese or pepperoni. It has a great olive oil and garlic taste. Try it. Here is a recipe for that pizza.

  • 510 grams cold water
  • 1/2 package instant yeast (the longer you are willing let it rise the less yeast you can use. Less yeast and longer rise time yields better texture, bigger holes)
  • 28 grams olive oil
  • 14 grams salt
  • 710 grams bread flour


  • 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes - drained
  • 2/3 cup tomato puree
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic - crushed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (or dry)

  • garlic salt


In a mixer whisk water a little flour and yeast together and allow to stand for 3 minutes. Then Whisk in oil, salt and flour. Knead to make dough.

Allow to rest for a few minutes and then form into a ball. Let rise for 4 hours or better over night.  Fold and stretch the dough.  Let it rise for another hour.  


Drain tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Crush well with your hands add puree. Add pepper and salt (to taste), oil, herbs and garlic.

Deflate dough. Line a 20-by-15 inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Coat pan generously with olive oil - about 1/4 cup (this seems like a lot but trust me) and sprinkle with garlic salt. Press out dough to fit pan. If dough resists, let it rest for a few minutes, then gentle coax it to fit the pan. Drizzle olive oil lightly on top of dough then sprinkle with garlic salt. Let the dough rise in the pan for about 15 minutes.  

Preheat oven to 425 F.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the top starts to brown a little. Then take it out of the oven and paint the top with some olive oil.  Then spread on the tomato topping and drizzle the top with a little olive oil.

Bake pizza for 10 more minutes at 425 F. Reduce heat to 375 F. and continue baking (for a total of 40 minutes).

Cool and eat at room temperature.


Anonymous said...

Hi. Could you tell me how much sugar to use in the recipe. I don't see it on the ingredient list. Thank you.

JW Ogden said...

I do not use any sugar. It is not needed.

family restaurant Hampton said...

looks interesting. i wish you could have included a photo of the pizza. but thanks anyway. still gonna try making one at home.