Pizza - Sandra's Way

Makes 2 Pizzas
Sandra, owner of Podere II Casale, located in Pienza, Tuscany, teaches with such passion and enthusiasm. Truly captivated by her zest for life, we couldn’t stop smiling and laughing as she taught us “the Italian Way” of making pizza.
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  • pizza dough (see recipe)
  • fresh Italian tomato sauce
  • Pecorino cheese, cubed or grated
  • fresh mozzarella
  • olive oil


  • olives, sliced
  • marinated artichokes, 
  • salami or pepperoni
  • prosciutto
  • fresh basil


Add pizza dough to a lightly flour dusted counter or board.  With your hands, shape and press the dough making a thin circle.  Transfer the pizza to a wood paddle or lightly oiled pan.  Pinch the sides to create a raised crust.  Ladle fresh tomato sauce on top of the crust and spread with the back of a spoon to just touch the crust.  Make sure not to add too much sauce.  Add cubes or grated pecorino cheese.  Bake as directed.

Wood Oven:  60-90 seconds (edges should be golden and slightly charred)

Conventional Oven: 475°F/246°C - 12-14 Minutes  (bottom and crust should be golden brown)


Create your own signature pizza adding your favorite toppings or go Italian.

Italians love cured meats, artichokes, fresh tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs especially basil. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.


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