Grandma-Style Pizza Dough
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Grandma Style Pizza Dough

This easy Sicilian style pizza dough is characterized by its thick, chewy crust. The second rise is key to the finished pie’s texture; if baked too soon, the dough will be firm and too chewy. Make sure it feels floppy, with plenty of puffy air bubbles.


1 envelope active dry yeast (about 2¼ tsp.)
2 Tbsp. plus ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl
2 tsp. kosher salt
4 cups all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for surface


Step 1

Stir together yeast and 1¾ cups warm water (105–110°) in the bowl of a stand mixer; let stand until yeast starts to foam, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Mix in 2 Tbsp. oil, then salt and 2 cups flour. Attach dough hook and mix until just combined. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add another 2 cups flour, a cup at a time, mixing until incorporated and a shaggy dough forms, about 3 minutes.

Step 3

Increase speed to medium and mix until dough is soft and elastic and starts to pull away from sides of bowl, 5–6 minutes. It will still be somewhat sticky. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill 24 hours.

Step 4

Coat an 18×13″ rimmed baking sheet with remaining ½ cup oil. Turn out dough onto a rimmed baking sheet and let sit 10 minutes to take off the chill. Gently and gradually stretch dough until it reaches edges and all 4 corners of baking sheet. (If dough springs back or is stiff to work with, let it rest a few minutes before continuing. You may need to let it rest more than once.)

Step 5

Cover dough on baking sheet tightly with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place (but not too warm!—about 70° is ideal for yeast to grow) until it is puffed and full of air bubbles, 30–40 minutes.


What Kind of Sauce Should I Use?

We recommend using a basic tomato sauce, like homemade or for those who prefer something easy from the grocer, pick your favorite pasta or pizza sauce and keep on hand for this recipe. I recommend Rao’s Sauce as it’s one of my favorites.  A few fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil are also a great choice if you want a more simplistic style pizza.

Topping options.

  • Olives
  • Fresh basil
  • Tomato slices
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Spicy salami
  • Proscuitto
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms

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