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Pizza Napoli with Anchovies

Pizza Napoli with Anchovies


A simple tomato sauce with anchovies and capers give this easy pizza its big flavor.

Pizza Napoli with Anchovies

At home we often make Pizza Napoli, which is what we call a Margherita pizza topped with anchovies and capers. This pizza is often called a different name or it may come with black olives as well as the anchovies.

I prefer a very fresh tasting, barely cooked tomato sauce like you find on pizzas in Italy and will only use San Marzano tomatoes, or Pomi or Mutti brands. With a pizza this simple, the ingredients are extra important, so you need to use top quality anchovies and salted capers. We ordered a case of Sicilian anchovies online that we use on this pizza, but you can use any flavorful anchovies you prefer. As for cheese, I change my mozzarella depending on how many pizzas I am making. My husband would prefer a fresh buffalo mozzarella for his pizza and if just the two of us are having pizza I will use it, but if I am making 12 pizzas it would be way too expensive to use buffalo mozzarella so I simply use a regular mozzarella that I grate or slice.

Pizza Napoli with Anchovies

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Being true pizza lovers, we have been experimenting with our dough for years. Although I am very happy with my present dough recipe, I have been testing it with healthier grain flours over the past year. If you prefer, you can use spelt or whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose flour. If you cannot find pizza flour or tip “00” flour, you can use 4 cups of all-purpose flour. Feel free to use my suggested pizza dough recipe, or use a store bought pizza dough that you like. I do use a pizza oven to cook our pizzas which takes less than two minutes for each pizza, but you can certainly cook good pizza in your oven on a pizza stone as well.

Deborah Mele
4 from 1 vote
Course Main, Primi, Starter
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 personal pizzas


For The Dough: (Makes About 4 Balls)

  • 2 Cups Pizza Flour 00 Type Flour
  • 2 Cups All-purpose
  • 1 Tablespoon Instant Yeast
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Fine Sea Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Plus More For Oiling Bowl & Top of Pizza


  • 1 1/3 Cups Prepared Quick Tomato Sauce
  • 3 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 to 10 Small Anchovies
  • 2 Tablespoons Salted Capers Rinsed
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Pinch Chili Flakes Optional


  • For the dough, early in the day, mix together the two flours in a large bowl along with the white wine, yeast, salt, and olive oil.
  • Slowly add in the warm water, stirring as you go until the dough comes together in a ball.
  • Dump the ball out onto a lightly floured surface and using your hands, knead with your hands until the dough is very smooth, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap and let double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Divide the dough up into 8 ounce portions, rolling each in a ball.
  • Place two of the balls on a lightly oiled plate and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. (Dough can be made up to 48 hours ahead of time)
  • Wrap the extra remaining dough in plastic wrap and freeze for future use.
  • Remove the dough balls from the refrigerator 2 1/2 hours before needed, allowing them to completely come to room temperature before using.
  • Preheat your oven to the highest setting (usually 500 degrees F.).
  • For Each Pizza: On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to press your dough out to a 12 inch circle.
  • Lightly cover a baking sheet (or pizza peel if using a pizza stone) with cornmeal, and place the dough on top.
  • Lightly brush the outer edges of the pizza with olive oil, and spread the tomato sauce over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border.
  • Scatter the mozzarella cheese over each pizza, leaving that 1 inch border clear.
  • Arrange half the anchovies and capers over each pizza.
  • Sprinkle the oregano, chili flakes (if using) and sea salt over the pizzas, then bake each pizza until bubbly and golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Slice & enjoy!


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