Simple is the name of the game for Roman Style Pizza. Simple, yet delicious. Fresh ingredients make this dish pop!
Fresh tomatoes and basil just SCREAM pizza to me. Nope, summer is not over just yet.
Even though I live in the land of great pizza (NYC baby), still enjoy making my own. While I love a slice of New York’s finest, I have equal affinity for Roman-style.
Oftentimes, simple is best. When it comes to pizza, I like it simple — good quality tomatoes, freshly made mozzarella (not by me, by someone else; although, making my own mozzarella has crossed my mind, perhaps another time), and basil.
The dough, with a basic tomato sauce and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, is first baked and then the toppings — a good amount of mozzarella and basil — are added after the pizza comes out of the oven. The mozzarella melts a bit on top of the steaming hot out-of-the-oven pizza.
- 1 pound tipo 00 flour used Mulino Marino flour purchased from Eataly, NYC
- 1 1/4 teaspoons dried or instant yeast I like this brand
- 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups water used closer to 2 cups
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 14- ounce can Pelati peeled, whole tomatoes, crushed and seasoned with sea salt
- Mix the flour, yeast, and water in a large bowl with a spoon. When most of the lumps are gone, add the olive oil and salt. It will be wet. The wetter the better.
- Flip onto a floured work surface and gently fold the dough in half, over itself, toward you. Grab the dough by the corners facing you, pick it up like an envelope and turn 90 degrees and place back on the floured surface. Gently fold and turn. Repeat a few more times.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rest 15 minutes. Then repeat the folding and turning action as above. By the third pass, the dough will be springy and less sticky.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
- The next day, take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, about 1 hour. While the dough is coming to room temperature, preheat the oven to 500°F.
- Lightly oil a 9"x 13" baking sheet.
- Lightly flour your work surface. Place the dough on the work surface. Start with the edges of the dough and press down gently and then go to the center and press down. After the first pass, flip the far end over, so the top becomes the bottom. Make sure your flour is evenly distributed under the dough and continue to gently massage the dough, so the balls of air remain intact. Flip again and repeat until the dough is evenly distributed.
- Pull the dough over your arm and then pull the other side over your other arm (as pictured above) with your palms facing down. Transfer the dough to the baking pan and distribute the dough toward the edges of the pan. Press down, distributing the dough evenly, but gently.
- Add the pelati tomatoes. Distribute evenly over the dough. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
- Place the pan on the bottom floor of your oven for the first 5 minutes. Then transfer to the bottom-middle rack of your oven and cook another 15 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven.
- Add mozzarella cheese and basil. I like to finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Linda Schneider is the blogger behind Wild Greens and Sardines, an homage to her love for all things food and [Mediterranean] travel. What she enjoys most is seasonal, farm-to-table recipes that highlight local ingredients, farmers, and food artisans. She loves going to local farmers’ markets, seeing what’s in season, and sharing recipes with others.