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steps in making pizza rustica, a rustic Italian pizza

Dough for 1 Rustic Pizza

  • Author: Nonna's Way


This dough is simple to make and is just the right amount to make Pizza Rustica, Rustic Italia pizza.


  • 175g all-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 3g active dry yeast (3/4 tsp)
  • 125g lukewarm water (0.5 cup)
  • 5g salt (1 tsp)
  • 10mL olive oil


  1. Add flour, water, and yeast together in a medium bowl. Mix together just until the flour is all combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface.
  3. Add the salt and knead for 5 minutes until you have a smooth dough that springs back at you when poked. Oil the bottom of the bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover. Let rest for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface.
  5. Stretch and fold the dough onto itself like a piece of paper that needs to go into an envelope being careful not to stretch so much that you tear it. Turn and repeat on the other side. Place the dough back in the bowl seam side down, cover, and let rest again for 20 minutes.
  6. Repeat the stretch and fold sequence, cover, and let rest for 45 minutes.
  7. Use dough as directed in recipe.


This is also a good basic pizza dough and makes enough for one 12-14 inch pizza depending on thickness.

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