Leo Spizzirri’s Chicago Deep Dish Cheese Pizza
Leo Spizzirri

Leo Spizzirri

Leo Spizzirri’s Chicago Deep Dish Cheese Pizza

No matter if you love deep dish pizza or are among those who would call it a casserole, the first thoughts when you hear the words Deep Dish are slices dripping with tomato sauce and an incredible cheese pull. If you love cheese, this pizza will not disappoint.
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo Product Details

the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo

1 hr 20 mins total time

15 mins active time


Makes 1 pizza



  • pizza dough ball icon
    1 pizza dough ball

    (see Leo Spizzirri’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Dough recipe)

  • vegetable margarine icon
    Vegetable margarine

    softened, to grease the pan

Pizza Sauce

  • Mutti polpa ground tomatoes  icon
    28 oz Mutti polpa ground tomatoes

    (1 can)

  • Mutti tomato paste (Doppio Concentrato/double concentrate) icon
    4 oz Mutti tomato paste (Doppio Concentrato/double concentrate)

    (1 can)

  • extra-virgin olive oil icon
    2 oz extra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves icon
    4 fresh basil leaves
  • clove fresh garlic icon
    2 cloves fresh garlic


  • dried oregano icon
    1½ tbsp (0.1 oz) dried oregano
  • kosher salt icon
    1½ tbsp (¾ oz) kosher salt

Toppings (per pizza)

  • mozzarella icon
    8 oz mozzarella

    whole milk, sliced as thin as possible

  • finely grated parmesan cheese icon
    ½ oz finely grated parmesan cheese


  • 1Place the sauce ingredients in sauté pan and set over medium-high heat. Cook sauce until warmed through and just starting to bubble. Allow sauce to cool.
  • 2Prepare pizza pan with generous coating of vegetable margarine.
  • 3Using a rolling pin, stretch the dough ball by rolling and turning into a circle smaller than the pizza pan. Place on the parchment paper lined pizza pan, cover with another piece of parchment paper and rest for 1 hour.
  • 4Preheat the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo on the Pan setting. Turn the Darkness dial to the Lighter setting and select 18 minutes on the Timer dial. This can take up to 20 minutes.
  • 5Once the oven has preheated, place dough into the pan taking care to remove any air bubbles from under dough. Dough should lay evenly onto pan. Use your fingers to press dough up the sides of pan to make it stick.
  • 6Place mozzarella inside of pan on top of dough. (If adding any extra toppings, place them on top of mozzarella before adding sauce). Evenly spread 6 oz of the pizza sauce on top of the mozzarella. Sprinkle parmesan on top of sauce.
    Tip: The remaining pizza sauce can be stored in the refrigerator. Use within 3 to 5 days.
  • 7Cook the pizza for 18 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  • 8Cut the pizza into slices and serve.
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