Stefano Faita’s Pizza Dough Recipe

English: Picture of an authentic Neapolitan Pi...

English: Picture of an authentic Neapolitan Pizza Margherita taken by Valerio Capello on September 6th 2005 in a pizzeria (“I Decumani”) located on the Via dei Tribunali in Naples. Italiano: Fotografia di un’autentica pizza Margherita napoletana scattata da Valerio Capello il 6 settembre 2005 nella pizzeria “I Decumani” situata in Via dei Tribunali a Napoli. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Saturday morning and the weekend is officially here. I have decided to share my brother’s pizza recipe so you can have a little fun in the kitchen this weak-end. My favorite topping on pizza is diced tomatoes,Italian sausage , mozzarella, oregano, a sprinkle of parmesan and olive oil.  Yum!


2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup semolina
1 cup warm water
2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt


  • In a bowl combine flour, semolina, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.
  • Stir the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Form into a ball. Remove from bowl and knead until smooth and elastic, about 7 to 8 minutes, adding more flour if dough is sticky.
  • Put the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Store dough in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Punch down dough. Cut dough in half. Roll each piece out to form a 10-inch round.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Top the pizza dough with tomato sauce, cheeses and/or your choice of toppings.
  • Bake pizza until crust is golden brown and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Here is the Original Post from In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita.

Vocabulary Boost:

  • Yeast: substance used in baking to make dough rise
  • Set aside: keep on the side for a while
  • Dissolve: to mix with a liquid and become part of that liquid
  • A bowl: a container one places food in
  • To knead: to press and squeeze dough with your hands
  • Dough: mixture of flour, water and other ingredients that is baked & makes bread or cookies
  • Sticky: when a substance attaches to your fingers
  • Preheat: turn on over to reach desired temperature
  • To Top: to place ingredients on top of other ingredients
  • Topping: ingredients that are placed on top in a recipe (i.e. tomatoes & cheese on pizza, chocolate sauce on a sundae, mozzarella on a lasagna)

Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions with your teacher or a friend.

  1. What’s your favorite pizza topping?
  2. Have you ever made pizza at home?
  3. Describe your local pizzeria.
  4. Do you buy frozen pizza? What’s your favorite brand?



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