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
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
Let the dough
rest for 5 minuets.
Continue to mix
for an additional 2 minutes.
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.
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
should be made the day before and refrigerated overnight.
Grandma Rossi's Pizza
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.
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
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 aboutpizza.com.