Pizza Dough is an Art Form

Dominic Rossi (1923 - 1998)

Grandpa Rossi loved making good dough and baking pizza and bread. The real truth is that he liked to eat it and Grandma Rossi actually made the pizza after the dough was made.

Dominic Rossi's mother and father,
Lucia Forte and Francesco Rossi, on their wedding day on October 8, 1922.






Dominico Forte and Madallena Blumetti
the grandparents of Dominic Rossi from
Noepoli, Italy.

Grandpa Rossi's Pizza Dough


4 cups - Bread Flour
2 tsp. - Sugar
4 tsp. - Salt
1 1/2 packages - Yeast
1 1/2 cups - Tepid Water
1/2 lb. (2 cubes) - Butter

Note: You can substitute olive oil for the butter: 2 cubes of butter equal 1/2 cup of olive oil.


Put ingredients into a mixer with a dough hook or a Bread Machine in the order above and follow "dough" setting on the mixer or Bread Machine for about 4 minutes.

Let the dough rest for 5 minuets.

Continue to mix for an additional 2 minutes.

Take out bread machine and put the dough into a bowl.

If you don't have a bread machine, put the ingredients into a bowl in the order above and knead the dough by hand.

Finish kneading and adding additional flour as required.

The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch.

Let the dough rise at room temperature for at least 1 1/2 hours, punch it down, cover it and then refrigerate for at least 2 1/2 hours.

Makes three medium sized pizzas.

Pizza dough should be made the day before and refrigerated overnight.

Print Version

Grandma Rossi's Pizza

News and Interesting Things

The root word for pizza comes from the Latin word Picea which refers to the blackening of bread crust caused by fire.

Columbus brought tomatoes back to the New World. Although they were accepted in Italy, France and Spain, the English at first  thought they were poisonous.

In 1889 pizzaiolo, (pizza chef) Raffaele Esposito,  of Naples, made a pizza for Queen Margherita of Italy topping it off with tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese (red, green and white - the colors of the Italian flag) and called it the Pizza Margherita.

Pizza Margherita is the mother of pizza as most Americans know it today.

The first Pizzaria in the United States was opened in 1905 in New York City.

Pizza's Colorful History
By far pizza has become America's favorite food over the past 50 years. Million of pizza pies are eaten daily, but how often do the people eating the food stop to consider the history. The true origins of this fine cuisine are as colorful as any good pizza pie heaping with toppings.
For more information about pizza history see