This Easy Italian Stromboli Sandwich recipe uses store bought pizza dough from the local bakery to whip up this classic Italian sandwich with pepperoni and cheese.
Last week I got to make this Easy Italian Stromboli Sandwich with a famous baker in my own kitchen! Well, maybe you've never heard of him but there's a very good chance that you've tasted his bread before. If you happened to buy a sandwich from a Subway restaurant in the 1980's, then you have definitely tried bread made by Tony Pestritto.
Tony and my mother-in-law came to visit us here in Georgia for the week of Mother's Day. They both live in South Florida. It was so much fun for me to observe a professional baker do his thing in my very own little kitchen. And this Easy Stromboli that he made was sooooooo delicious! And as the title reveals, it is very simple to make!
Before I get to the step-by-step instruction for this recipe, let me tell you a little bit about Tony.
Anthony C. Pestritto is a retired entrepeneur who has actually lived the American dream. He started with nothing and built an international business. Stromboli was just one of the many products that helped in his success. He's an excellent baker; a skill he learned by growing up in an Italian family of bakers in New Jersey. His greatest success was to be the first baking company to supply frozen dough to the Subway Restaurant Company. He sold his bakery to the Heinz Company in 1990, but still has all of his amazing recipes which he utilizes to this day.
This Easy Italian Stromboli Sandwich recipe is something anyone can do though because you start with pre-made pizza dough which you can find at your local grocery store. We got this dough from the Publix bakery.
Start by spreading the dough on a lightly floured surface. (We used two pieces of dough that were 11" x 14" each.) Add sliced pepperoni which you can buy from the deli.
Then add sliced sharp cheddar cheese.
Roll up the dough and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cut a few slits in the top with a sharp knife. Brush with oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning (if desired). Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Let it cool slightly.
Slice and serve with marinara sauce.
Here's Tony with the finished product. Not only is he a great baker but he also happens to be a very sweet man. It was a pleasure having him and my mother-in-law, Gerre, visit us for a few days. And the Easy Italian Stromboli Sandwich was a big hit at my house. Everyone really loved it. What a great recipe to serve for lunch, dinner, or even as a hearty snack. Delicioso!
- Store-bought pizza dough
- Sliced pepperoni
- Sliced sharp cheddar cheese
- Olive oil
- Italian seasoning
- Spread dough on lightly floured surface.
- Add pepperoni & cheese.
- Roll up and seal edges.
- Brush with oil and sprinkle with Italian seasonings.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 or until golden brown.
- Let cool slightly. Slice and serve with marinara sauce.
Lyndsey Ballard says
This is fantastic, what a cool tribute to my grandfather! This brought back memories of my childhood which was filled with "pepperoni bread", as we called it. Thank you for doing this feature, Lise! We adore your mother in law 🙂 - Lyndsey (Tony's oldest daughter Carol's oldest daughter 🙂
Mom Loves Baking says
Thank you, Lyndsey! Your grandfather is a sweetie. 🙂
Darcy Butkus says
Beautiful pictures, beautiful story. You have a very special talent and it shows! Nice job!
Mom Loves Baking says
Thank you, Darcy. I really appreciate that. 🙂
Robert Montgomery says
This is my uncle. I grew up going to the bakery. His sister was my grandmother. You think he is a good cook. To this day I’m still tasting her cooking.