Pizza a la Giovanni

Source:  Giovanni Cir. 1970’s
(Giovanni had his own Pizza ristorante in San Jose, CA)

Pizza a la Giovanni

I met Giovanni in 2009 at the organic vegetable stand that we frequent on Saturday’s. He was a nice older Italian man, with a heavy accent. Being from 100% Italian descent, I was interested to talk with him, learn where he came from, etc. We scheduled a luncheon with him and my family. He stated he was a retired pizza maker, and that he would make the pizza. Agreed…. Now, I’ve been making, or trying to make pizza for years, and though it was good, when I tasted his pizza, I realized I had a lot of work to do. His dough was truly perfect! Being that I use 100% organic ingredients and he uses restaurant grade pizza flour probably with starters and enhancers in them, could be in part some of his success. However, since I switched to his method, I have had a huge improvement in baking my pizzas. Every time I make it, and we eat it as a family, the comment is: “It’s like Giovanni’s” – that is all I need to hear! Giovanni and the family continued our Pizza pleasure on a regular basis. He taught me a lot about food, wine making, vinegar making, making grappa, and just learning to enjoy food as a culture. Enjoy.
5 from 1 vote
Course 2 Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 5 people


  • 900 gr flour
  • 20 gr fresh yeast
  • 1 potatoe cooked and mashed with skin off
  • 1 pinch salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup water lukewarm



  1. Ingredients to make 2 large pizza’s Begin to boil 1 potato until soft and ready for mashing. Prepare the yeast with about 1 c. water (luke warm). Add yeast and water together, and let yeast dissolve and bind with the water.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, salt,
  3. olive oil, and mashed potato.
  4. Add water-yeast mixture
  5. and combine
  6. now add the water and kneed
  7. until a nice supple ball is formed. This should take about 5-10 min. Cover and let rise, minimum 2 hours. (or put in a clean plastic bag and put in refrigerator)


  1. When dough is ready, cut in half, and on a floured surface, begin to form into a large flat circle. Use your fingers, not a rolling pin. Just begin to push from the center, and form a large round shape.
  2. When dough is the size of your pizza pan, place on pan.
  3. prepare your cheese
  4. Begin with olive oil on dough, then tomato paste,
  5. then sauce,
  6. cheese,
  7. and toppers.
  8. Bake @ 200ºC or 375ºF until pizza is brown and crusty. Now precut
  9. Usually 20-25 min. cut and serve.
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1 comment

    • marisa gratny on 23/11/2017 at 03:59
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    Off the hook delicious!!!!
    Super easy recipe… I was a bit nervous trying to make my own dough .. but it’s really easy. Easy to follow directions and delicious outcome! Will become a weekly staple in my house. No more take out or frozen! The kids love it!!!

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