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Italian Pizza with Salami

traditional italian pizza dough

I came across this recipe last week. Italian pizza is something I really miss so I had to try it and … man, this was good!

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I like deep dish pizza, too, but to me, these two variations of pizza are sort of two different dishes, if you know what I mean. Italian pizza, however, is hard to get here in Houston. I try a lot of pizza dough recipes but this one is definitely one of my favorites now.

Flour is ground differently in Germany compared to here, so I had to make some adjustments to the water. Also, it‘s hard to get fresh yeast in Texas, don‘t know if other states are the same. You might have to use two packages of dry yeast instead of 42 g fresh yeast.

The topping of the pizza is up to you. I used the vegetables that I happened to have in the fridge: zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. I also cut some salami in smaller pieces and added fresh oregano.

I cooked the vegetables in a saucepan before I put them on the pizza. Everything was cut in cubes and I used the cooked sauce instead of pizza sauce, then I added the salami and finally shredded mozzarella.

Years ago I bought a pizza stone for our grill but it not only works on fire. I use it even more often in the oven. I put it into the oven long before the pizza to make sure it is really hot.

I bake the pizza on the stone and it makes a nice, crisp pizza crust.

traditional italian pizza dough

Traditional Italian Pizza with Salami

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch (or Dinner), Party Food, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 pizzas


For the dough

  • 400 g bread flour (3 cups)
  • 42 g fresh yeast (=2 packages dry yeast)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 150 ml luke warm water, filtered
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For my topping

  • 1 large bellpepper
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 large zucchini
  • ½ large yellow onion
  • herbs like oregano
  • some salt, pepper, sugar, paprika to taste
  • some basil to decorate after baking
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, for sauce pan and pizza crust rim
  • some garlic salt
  • 12 slices salami
  • 2 small packages shreddered mozzarella (maybe 4 cups)


  • Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and create a dent in the middle.
  • Crumble the yeast into the dent and cover it with with 5 tbsps of the water. Add a pinch of sugar and cover it with some flour from the sides.
  • Let stand for 15 minutes to activate the yeast.
  • Now add the rest of the warm water and the 2 tbsp. olive oil.
  • Mix and knead well with a mixer, then knead by hand on the kitchen counter.
  • Shape a shpere and put the dough back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with cling wrap.
  • Let stand for 60 minutes. The dough is supposed to grow quite a bit.
  • After 60 minutes give the dough another quick knead and cut in halves.
  • Roll each half to a flat, round pizza. If the dough doesn't keep it's shape and shrinks every time you roll it, give it 10 minutes of rest and try again.
  • Let the dough rest for another 15 minutes before you add the topping. During that time preheat the oven to 460°F. If you use a pizza stone: Preheat the oven a lot earlier and let the stone become very hot.

The topping

  • If you want to make the same topping that I did, cut all the veggies into small cubes.
  • Heat some olive oil in a saucepan, then add the vegetables.
  • Sauté for a while and let the tomatoes create a sauce around the other vegetables. If you don't have enough fluid in the saucepan, add some water.
  • Let simmer until the zucchini are slightly soft, then add the spices and oregano.
  • Add the sauce to the pizza.
  • My personal touch: I fold the rim of the pizza, brush some olive oil on it and sprinkle garlic salt onto the rim!
  • Cut some salami slices into cubes and add to the topping.
  • Cover everything with shreddered mozzarella and optional add some hot pepper on top.
  • Bake until crust and cheese are turning slightly brown.
  • Sprinkle the pizza with sume cut basil.
    traditional italian pizza dough


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1 thought on “Italian Pizza with Salami”

  1. 3 stars
    I needed about 5x the water to make the dough, and there isn’t a time for how long to cook it .
    Turned out OK but the recipe was missing key parts.

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