Italian Grandma Makes Pizza and Pizza Sauce

Pizza Dough
5 lbs Bread Flour (High Gluten)
1 Package Active Dry Yeast (1/4 oz)
2 Tbsp Salt
8 cups warm Water (105-110 degrees F)
Vegetable Shortening (to grease pan)

Pizza Sauce
2 qts Peeled Tomatoes
½ chopped Onion
2 cloves Garlic
2 tsp Oregano (approx.)
Fresh Basil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Pizza Topping:
Sprinkle grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Sprinkle Oregano
Drizzle Olive Oil
Then if desired, add Mozzarella, Sausage, Mushrooms, Pepperoni or anything else you like!

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Who is this lady?
Gina Petitti was born in 1935 in Faeto, Italy. Her family ran a farm in Italy and she met her husband, Vito, in the same town. In 1970 Gina, Vito, and her 4 children immigrated to America. Gina’s husband passed away in 2012, but she is surrounded by a large family, which includes 9 grandchildren, and lives 5 minutes away from her eldest daughter in New Jersey. Gina spends her time cooking, gardening, and being an active member of her local Church.

Why does she make such large portions?
When she was in Italy, she would cook and bake in such large quantities so she wouldn’t have to take time every day to make food, and instead be able to work on the farm. Many of her recipes can be cut in half or quartered if you choose to try them out!

Why is no one helping her in the video?
Grandma Gina doesn’t want help! Usually, it’s because we will slow her down or not do it “her way.” For the videos we only show her, but when the camera cuts we jump in and help form the cookies or prep for the next step.

Why don’t we buy her a new…?
Grandma Gina has a closet and garage full of new gadgets, spoons, forks, pots, etc… but she doesn’t like them because she is used to doing it with her old tools. She has fun getting her hands dirty!

Who is behind the camera?
Her retired son-in-law films, her daughter helps her prep, and she usually has one or two grandkids in the kitchen.

Does Gina read the comments?
We print out and show her how much love she gets from all her viewers, and she is very thankful and hopes you enjoy her cooking! Your comments bring her lots of joy, laughter, and inspiration to make more videos to share with you.

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Mel Postma says:

Our dream is to live in Slovenia to be near to family it is close to the border of Triest Italy . Slovenia is not far from Italy . Love your videos

Eileen Sorochty says:

Just love watching and learning new techniques. My family used the excess dough to make flying saucers. Fried dough, plain, in cast iron skillet. Then my mother would salt them while hot … oh wow, they were delicious!

Annmarie Marin says:

Pure Love!

Ryan says:

it might have the same effect if you put the bowl of rising dough into a barely warm oven or even just an unheated oven with the door closed

Iman Ahmadi says:

I love your cooking and reminds me my grandma I ask your children to kiss your hands instead of me , When you’re making dough with your hands I’m sure all your love and kindness inspired to it.I wish i was there to eat that delicious Pizza God bless you mom

K Lo says:

I was so surprised that the dough was soft. I always added flour until it was not sticky. Does that make a better crust?

Alaa Seafe says:

انا احب طبخك جينا

Donald Swartley says:

I hope everyone realizes the Pure Gold these videos are!

Ron Luckenbach says:

The pizza without the mozzarella ( just tomatoes and Percorino Romano) and very popular here in Trenton, NJ. They are called Tomato Pies.
I love both the pizza and Tomato Pie.

Sergio Fernandez says:

Lovely!. Great recipe and very well explained in English. Congrats!!.

Orsolya Szabó says:

You are so sweet Gina Grandma !!! Kiss from Hungary !

mo zack says:

Lombardi’s in NY when it was a grocery store back in 1905 sold tomato pies to factory workers. The pies were wrapped in paper and tied with a string.

Charmaine Hilton says:

I love her video and listening to her and I will make her pizza.

Emiliano Irno says:

bye saluti italiani e complimenti per la sua pizza buonissima bye from italy city salerno bye bye

Ömer Emre Pelit says:

xXVitoCorleoneXx has entered the game.

Elizabeth Barnes says:

I done three recipes & they were so good!, thank you Gina your so kind to share & teach us to cook great ☺️

deliciousbev says:

Nonna sei bellissima! Grazie per il video!

bushcraft10708 says:

Dear Gina, your grandchildren will always remember your pizza and the love that you put into it! I’ll never forget my Mama’s pizza for as long as I live!

Info - Il Gattopardo Hotel Terme & Beauty Farm says:

accento fantastico, estremamente autentica, bellissimo video, complimenti alla Signora

Hector Mendez says:

Thank you Gina your the best.

Rusty Peterson says:


crocdelsud says:

Es como oir a Cher en Hechizo de Luna

Joanne Bookwalter says:


linda noto says:

nooooooooooooooooooooo non e’ gravy e’ sauce!! You put gravy on meat! Bel video pero’

meyer0656 says:

Can you be my grandma?

Vincenzo Caltagirone says:

Che bello video!!! Che gioia vedervi e ascoltarvi!

Ilona Kissgyőri says:


grazie fantastica nonna

crocdelsud says:

Es como ver a mi mamá o a mis tías. Adorable.

Joe John says:

my 5 years old kid does the same!

Miriam Kayman says:

Dear Gina ! I am learning so much from your lessons .thank you sooo much . You are a great lady ! Love from me from Jerusalem Israel

Hector Mendez says:

for some reason I trust this lady making any type of Italian food.Perhaps its her italian accent but all in all she makes cooking look so easy.Thank Gina.

Icetruck Killer says:

Nasty food

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