Unlike a thin-crust Neapolitan-style pie, the thick, deliciously chewy crust of a classic grandma pie is easy to pull off at home. All you need is a sturdy, standard “half-sheet” rimmed baking sheet (steer clear of cookie sheets, which are smaller and less sturdy). Don’t stint on the oil for the pan—it helps create a gloriously crispy, golden crust. Spread with an oregano-spiked tomato sauce and topped with plenty of part-skim (not fresh!) mozzarella, this recipe delivers an old-school pizzeria experience at home.Related: More Pizza Recipes


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Recipe Summary

50 mins
1 hr 20 mins


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  • Place oven rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 525°F, or as high as the oven will go.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a medium saucepan over medium. Add garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly goldenly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, granulated sugar, oregano, kosher salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and, if desired, anchovies, using a wooden spoon to break up tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens, 40 to 45 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, coat an 18- x 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with remaining 1/2 cup oil. Gently stretch dough to cover bottom of pan. Cover dough with plastic wrap, and let stand in a warm place (about 75°F), free from drafts, until dough has puffed to almost doubled in size, 40 to 50 minutes.

  • Using your fingertips, make small indentations about 1 inch apart in dough. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan evenly over top of dough, leaving about a 1/4-inch border around edges. Dollop tomato sauce over cheese.

  • Bake in preheated oven until dough is golden brown and crisp on bottom and sides, 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with basil leaves.