Authentic Italian Pizza Sauce and Sicilian Pizza

Saturday, January 2, 2021
Pizza is my favorite food and a thick Sicilian Pizza style is one we make with Grandma's Authentic Italian Pizza Sauce with her homemade pizza sauce and the best we ever had.

A traditional Authentic sauce starts with the freshest homemade ingredients from start to finish.

That actually means you must use fresh herbs, fresh spices, homemade dough, and the highest quality tomatoes to make a great pizza, not just a good one.

Whether you love thick pizza or thin pizza this fantastic homemade pizza sauce will be the deal-breaker on every pizza you've ever tasted in an American kitchen with a straight from an Italian flavor that's over 150 years old.

Grandma only made everything from scratch recipes, and she was from Rome, Italy which we got had her thin-crust pizza recipe.

Then from time to time, we enjoyed a thick Sicilian-style pizza that was a nice change once in awhile and used the same delicious sauce on top.

Scroll down to get Grandma's printable homemade pizza sauce recipe it's the tastiest and easiest sauce you will ever make in an American kitchen that's taste authentic right from Italy.

this is an authentic Italian freshly made pizza sauce with tomato chunks and basil

this is a homemade dough pizza with sauce and mozzarella

What Is Sicilian Pizza?

A Sicilian pizza is usually about one inch thick and more bread as opposed to thin and crispy.

The pizza also is covered in a generous amount of homemade pizza/tomato sauce recipe below and more sauce on it than a normal pizza.

The secret to a great pizza is using all fresh ingredients including the dough and sauce.

Keep in mind again, the tomatoes are the most important ingredient in this recipe besides the Homemade Pizza Dough.

this is homemade pizza dough rising

Tips for pizza sauce:

  1. Always use good quality tomatoes or they will be tasteless, they can be soured and ruin the pizza if they aren't ones from Europe or sun ripe plum fresh tomatoes then don't use them
  2. never use tomato paste
  3. sugar isn't necessary with good quality tomatoes
  4. Italian seasoning is a non-Italian creation
  5. use fresh herbs only for authentic flavors
  6. do not use garlic powder or onion powder or any other powders for that matter

these are canned san marzano tomatoes used to make homemade pizza sauce

Ingredients I highly recommend:

  1. San Marzano tomatoes or anything that says Pomodoro San Marzano 
  2. tomatoes from Europe are the best-canned tomatoes for great results or fresh
  3. extra virgin olive oil
  4. dried oregano is fine and fresh basil is best
  5. salt use good sea salt

this is a round pizza thin with homemade sauce and cheese on top

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Pizza Sauce Not Pasta Sauce

The difference between the sauces our Traditional Sunday Sauce is meat sauce and cooked.

Pizza sauce the authentic way in Italy is freshly squeezed tomatoes and not cooked.

Pizza sauce the way grandma made it isn't thick not at all, it's light and so don't worry if it's thin that's the right way we make it the Roman way!

a thick pizza with loads of cheese Italian sicilian style

Pizza A Classic

We love thin or thick crust as long as it's pizza and is loaded with lots of whole milk mozzarella.

Remember to refer to my tips for an Authentic pizza sauce found in Italy and not an American version for the best ever sauce you won't be sorry you tried the best of the best here in America in your own kitchen.

this is an inch thick Sicilian Style Pizza with cheese and pepperoni

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Authentic Italian Pizza  Sauce Recipe

Authentic Italian Pizza Sauce Recipe

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
This is just a quick homemade pizza sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes. The pizza dough is homemade a family recipe you will find the link for. Sicilian pizza is a very thick risen dough with pizza sauce and cheese on top.


  • 1 28 ounces can of San Marzano tomatoes or other high-quality brand tomatoes or use 2 pounds of sun-ripened rosa plum tomatoes
  • Note: These are the most important ingredients always good quality tomatoes
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons of good quality extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more to taste of  sea salt 
  • evenly shake dried oregano over the top of the tomatoes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 or 4 fresh leaves of basil
  • Optional: red pepper flakes for heat


  1. Pour the can of tomatoes into a bowl.,crush them with your hands, or you can pulse them lightly in a food processor.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Salt to taste the tomatoes.
  4. Spread over fresh risen Pizza Dough and bake in a preheated oven of 430 degrees until crispy.
  5. I add the mozzarella cheese on top and broil the cheese last.

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a thick pizza with loads of cheese Italian sicilian style

Dough Ideas

Pizza Fritta ( fried dough)
Garlic Knots
Panzerotti (fried inside out pizza)
Runza (German Russian meat pies)
Italian Stromboli

homemade Italian Authentic pizza sauce with san marzano tomatoes

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2014. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. SO many fabulous pizza options! I need to start at the top and work my way through!!!

  2. That's one perfect pizza, Claudia! Looks mighty tasty! Happy New Year!

  3. There is nothing better than a homemade Italian sauce for pasta or a pizza. We do make pizza quite a bite and I can't wait to try this sauce. I actually have the San Marzano tomatoes so I am ready to go.

  4. Woohooo. Nobody refuses pizzas in my household. An we never had a Sicilian pizza before, so this recipe is surely a must-try. Now it's weekend, I can't wait to surprise my boys for tomorrow's lunch with with this pizza. Thanks in a bunch.

  5. Usually I just buy pizza sauce at the store, but I wanted to make something more authentic! This really took my pizza to the next level! Thank you!

  6. It has been way too long since we have made homemade pizza. Your sauce looks absolutely amazing! Especially with the San Marzano tomatoes as the base. Yum!

  7. We love making homemade pizza in our house - I'm going to try this pizza sauce recipe next time we do, it sounds so authentic and delicious!

  8. My husband loves thin pizza but I prefer the thick crust! This fresh pizza sauce is so easy to make, there is no need to buy a pre-made sauce at the store.

  9. I made this tonight for dinner with some pasta! The sauce is SOO good! My family loved it

  10. I've been looking for an authentic pizza sauce recipe, and this one is it! The combination of garlic, oregano and basil brings out the flavors of the tomatoes, and pairs so nicely with cheesy pizza!

  11. I've always wondered how the pizza is made in Sicily. Super excited about this post - thanks for sharing all the tips! :-)

  12. Quality tomatoes are a must! LOVING this Italian pizza sauce and pizza!

  13. So so so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. This looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I can't wait to make it.

  15. There is nothing better than a homemade pizza/pasta sauce. We have pizza night every fortnight, I can't wait to try this sauce.

  16. With all the fresh and delicious tomatoes in season, I'm going to be making this recipe, and canning for the winter!

  17. Oh man! This pizza looks amazing and ours turned out fantastic! Such a delicious and very tasty recipe! Can’t wait to work my way through these!

  18. This sauce is so good! I just love the fresh flavor the basil adds, and it was super quick and easy to put together.

  19. I just love how authentic this recipe is! Easy ingredients and easy to make!

  20. Delicious! This was so easy to make and so very tasty. It'll be my go to now, thank you!

  21. I haven't been to Italy is so long but this recipe really brings me back. Thank you for such a great pizza sauce recipe!

  22. My kids love pizza and how thick this was! The sauce was super delicious and easy to make!


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