John Arena’s Sicilian-Style Pizza
John Arena

John Arena

John Arena’s Sicilian-Style Pizza

This flavor packed pizza showcases the incredible results that can be achieved when the right technique combines with great ingredients and an exceptional oven. The goal of our Sicilian-style pizza is to present a pie that “looks like a brick and feels like a feather. With a little practice our recipe will produce a Sicilian-style pizza that has a crispy, airy exterior and an interior crumb structure that feels like you are biting into a cloud.
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo Product Details

the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo

35 mins total time

10 mins active time


Makes 1 pizza



  • Sicilian-style pizza shell icon
    1 Sicilian-style pizza shell

    (see John Arena’s Sicilian-Style Pizza Dough recipe)

Sicilian pizza sauce

  • extra-virgin olive oil icon
    2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • yellow onion icon
    4½ oz yellow onion

    (about ½ an onion), chopped

  • clove garlic icon
    1 clove garlic


  • anchovy fillet icon
    1 anchovy fillet
  • can crushed tomatoes icon
    28 oz can crushed tomatoes

    (Bianco DiNapoli)

Toppings (per pizza)

  • whole milk low-moisture mozzarella cheese icon
    6 oz whole milk low-moisture mozzarella cheese


  • dried Greek oregano icon
    Dried Greek oregano

    as needed

  • pepperoni icon
    2 oz pepperoni


  • extra-virgin olive oil icon
    1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • wedge romano cheese icon
    1 wedge romano cheese

    to serve

  • basil leaves icon
    Basil leaves

    to serve


  • 1Heat oil in saucepan over low-medium heat. Place onions in pan and cook until very soft and lightly browned. Add garlic and anchovy. Mash anchovy until it dissolves.
  • 2Add the tomatoes and using an immersion blender, puree until all ingredients are combined. Simmer sauce for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  • 3Remove shell from refrigerator and unwrap it. Allow shell to come to room temperature (about 1 hour). Brush the rim with extra-virgin olive oil.
  • 4On the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo with the interface magnet in place, press and hold the deck temp dial and turn the top temp dial from off to 350°F, then release the deck temp dial. The manual mode light will flash 3 times, then stay on to indicate it is in Manual mode. Turn the Deck Temp to 450°F, the Top Temp to 350°F and the Top Control to Even Heat. This can take up to 20 minutes.
  • 5Top shell with 3 oz of the sauce leaving ½-inch rim around the edge.
  • 6Place sliced mozzarella on pizza right up to sauce line. Sprinkle with oregano. Stripe pizza sauce diagonally using 5 oz of the sauce. Finish with pepperoni.
    Tip: The remaining sauce can be stored in the refrigerator. Use within 3 to 5 days.
  • 7Once the oven has preheated, cook the pizza for about 12 minutes, turning 90 degrees every 3 minutes, or until the pizza is deep brown and the cheese has melted.
  • 8Remove pizza from oven. Top with a generous helping of freshly grated romano and basil and serve.
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