Copycat O'scugnizzo Pizza

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I grew up on this pizza. The pizzeria is in Utica New York and still open to date, it was founded in 1914 and many ex Uticans immediately go there that moved away when they go back home to visit! This was my favorite hang out when I was 14 years old. The pizza is famous for being an upside down pizza (if you will) kind of interesting when it's assembled so different than than a normal pizza you're use to. The taste is nothing like anything else you have had before or the making of regular pizza. For those who know it well and moved away this is as close as it gets to being the original. Most fans of this pizza who moved away may be a little critical but hey until you get home to get the real deal you will be pleasantly surprised. All comments welcome good or bad.



pizza made with cheese on the dough then the raw meat topping sauce and baked unique to Utica, New York area






A Favorite Pizza Parlor



Back in Utica, New York where I am originally from, we have the best Italian food in the world.


This pizza made by O'scugnizzo Pizzeria is one of the best pizza's around.


I love their number 8 on the menu.


Of course nothing can compare to the original, this is as close as it gets when you move away.


If you go to their website you can order online!


pizza made with cheese on the dough then the raw meat topping sauce and baked unique to Utica, New York area





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this is a famous copycat pizza in a local restaurant in Utica New York this one has sausage, sauce and mozzarella on it




Some Of The Differences




This pizza is really unique as the cheese goes on before the sauce.


They are all the secrets that make it unique.


All I could do is try and make the best Copycat O'scugnizzo Pizza as possible


This will certainly take care of that craving until you can get there to eat the best around in Utica, New York.



this is a famous copycat pizza in a local restaurant in Utica New York this one has sausage, sauce and mozzarella on it


The Sauce



I love the sauce on this pizza, I use one I order online called Don Pepino.


It's very close to the taste they use.


I am sure they make it all from scratch too!


The dough is delicious, the toppings, the pie is fabulous!



this is a famous copycat pizza in a local restaurant in Utica New York this one has sausage, sauce and mozzarella on it


New York Pizza



Utica has so many fine pizza places.


I love all the pizza from my home town.


This one is so different that most.


If you are ever in Upstate New York, it's worth a trip to visit O'scugnizzo Pizza Restaurant.




this is a famous copycat pizza in a local restaurant in Utica New York this one has sausage, sauce and mozzarella on it




A Delicious Pizza




No matter what you think, this is still a great pizza recipe, copycat Copycat O'scugnizzo Pizza will still be enjoyed even though it's not the original recipe.


Sausage, pepperoni, what ever you love put it on.


Make it your own version.


Hope you enjoy making this pizza, we loved it.




this is a famous copycat pizza in a local restaurant in Utica New York this one has sausage, sauce and mozzarella on it








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COPYCAT O'SCUGNIZZO PIZZA

prep time: 25 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 70 mins
COPYCAT O'SCUGNIZZO pizza made with cheese on the dough then the raw meat topping sauce and baked unique to Utica, New York area

ingredients:

My dough recipe or if you choose to buy it then 1 1/2 pounds of store bought dough. I use a cookie sheet which is in rectangular style and the sides are around 2 inches high on the sides of my pan.

For a  sausage pizza around 1 pound ( I hear they put it on raw and that will give the middles of the pizza much more soggy)
I prefer to cook mine first and not have soggy middles so you choose. You can use whatever kind  of sausage you like.

 For the sauce I use either Tomato Magic sauce or Don Peppino canned you can find on the internet. I have tried San Marzano crushed tomatoes which are awesome but not the same in flavor.

Toppings choice suggestions: Sliced peppers, olives, pepperoni, eggplant, spinach, ricotta, mushrooms, anchovies, hot peppers, zucchini slices, shrimp and all kinds of cheeses you prefer like provolone, fontina, feta whatever your family likes. Make the combinations your family loves.

instructions:

First I  stretch the dough out and use olive oil and flour so it stays in place, of course olive oil is the first choice on the cookie sheet but lard will keep it in the stretch position  and rise until its around 1 inch in thickness if you use that instead. (Also to eliminate calories stretch it out on parchment paper which is my personal first choice.) Either way the taste isn't effected because you will be brushing the dough with olive oil later in the recipe. 

 Then cook it at 430 degrees until its light brown on top around 15 minutes. In the meantime cook the sausage (although the original way is to add it raw first, then the cheese on the dough. Bake and add the sauce after its cooked)  if you are making it pictured above. Much more flavor using the raw version in which again I have heard that is how they make it.  Set aside cooked sausage in a bowl.  Remove cooked dough from oven. If you prefer a softer crust don't cook it first and that the the way they do it raw dough, that's how you get the soggy middles if you like them. I love crispy bottoms pizza.

They have hot high heated pizza ovens and that makes a huge difference in the crust crispiness that's why I bake mine first also.

Now preheat oven to 475 degrees. 

Assembly:

Place cooked dough into a prepared pan brushed with olive oil on the bottom. Add thick slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the dough. Add the cooked sausage or raw if you like and any other of your favorite toppings you want to add (my favorite is the number 8 sausage pizza). Do not add the sauce yet.

Bake at 475 degrees until the pizza is cooked around 14 minutes or when cheese is perfectly melted. Immediately add the sauce on top straight out of the oven and a generous amount of parmesan romano cheese on top. Cut into 12 pieces and mangia! 
No it's not exactly like the best pizza in town but sure is close very close and will hold you over till you get to the best pizza in town!
calories
170
fat (grams)
4
carbs (grams)
4
protein (grams)
8
sugar (grams)
4
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this is a famous copycat pizza in a local restaurant in Utica New York this one has sausage, sauce and mozzarella on it

8 comments

  1. Hai Claudia.... nice to visit U again. I fall in love instantly to your pizza here.. really appreciate step by step picture. thank U for sharing, pinning it!

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  2. That's not upside down! The toppings always go on first, they use pizza shells instead of raw dough. I use only Spano's (I'm From Utica, still in area) which makes both round, and rectangle shells that are amazing! First the toppings-pepperoni, mushrooms, cooked peppers or onions etc, if you want sausage, you spread it across the uncooked crust evenly first, then simply pop it in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 5-7 mins on a high rack. This will partially cook the sausage which will finish cooking beneath the cheese afterwards. Then add any other desired toppings, finally, like you said ONLY WHOLE MILK MOZZARELLA!! So important for capturing the times when WHOLE MILK MOZZERELLA was all there was!!! Put back in 400 degree oven on middle rack for 15-20 mins depending on how you like. Finally you get a can of HUNTS ORIGINAL TOMATO SAUCE, and spread evenly over hot, cooked pizza. It is so simple it's insane!! My entire family is addicted to this pizza that tastes absolutely amazing!! P.S. Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese generously over entire pizza! Try it!!!! Just like O'scugnizzo's famous upside down pizza!!

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  3. Oh this looks absolutely delicious! I loved the "upside down" deep dish pizza in Chicago, and this looks amazing too. With so much parmesan on top it's like the sauce is sandwiched in cheese. Amaaaazing!

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  4. Love this! Homemade pizza is always the best, this one looks perfect!

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  5. I make pizza with the cheese on first quite a bit too! This sounds great.

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  6. How lovely to have a restaurant that's so sentimental to you (and many others!). Lovely copycat recipe that must bring back lots of memories.

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  7. I've never been to this restaurant before but your version of their pizza looks AMAZING! I loved reading your story too about the history of the restaurant and how you used to hang out there. Brings back some of my own childhood memories of hanging out at the local pizzeria. :)

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