Pizza Diavola

During a recent trip to Italy I ate a lot of pizza, my favorite being Pizza Diavola. Above is a photo of one I ordered while enjoying the beautiful historical scenery in San Marco Square, Venice.

Pizza Diavola translates to ‘the devils pizza’, which is well suited given its heat factor. If you like spicy hot chili flavors like myself you’ll really enjoy this pizza. To achieve Pizza Diavola’s delicious, crispy crust and deep rustic flavors you need to use a high quality, fruity-flavored olive oil like KARMIRI. Here, I’ve posted a recipe for you to try at home and enjoy.

Step 1: Prepare the Pizza Dough

For an authentic, Italian-style pizza dough, I like to use the recipe found here. You could alternatively use a store bought pizza dough to save time.

Step 2: Prepare the Toppings

Ingredients (will make 2 pizzas):

  • ~1/2 cup (100 grams) or more Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups (400 grams) Passata (Italian tomato purée, found at the grocery store or recipe can be found here)
  • ~1 cup (200 grams) Spicy Salami (or Spicy Pepperoni)
  • 2 fresh Peperoncino Chilies
  • KARMIRI Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt


  1.  Preheat oven to 410°F.
  2.  Take 2 pizza dough balls and roll them out to about 12 inches diameter using your hands in a circular stretching technique or using a rolling pin.
  3.  With the dough prepared, get your sauce ready by mixing the passata with three tablespoons of KARMIRI olive oil and a good pinch of salt.
  4.  Thinly slice your spicy salami and finely chop the fresh chillies.
  5.  Next, grate the mozzarella cheese and then you’re ready to assemble the pizza.
  6.  Add half of the sauce to each base and spread evenly leaving a half inch perimeter.
  7.  Add the mozzarella, spicy salami and finish with the chilies.
  8.  Finally, drizzle with some more olive oil and you’re ready to bake the pizza.
  9.  Place the pizza in the oven for ten minutes or until golden and the cheese begins to bubble

Step 3: Remove the pizza from the oven, slice and enjoy! Serves 4.

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