Thoughts on sauce


Last weekend I had a slice at Joe's near the Santa Monica pier. It was like a Neapolitan Margherita met a NY pizza. It was a NY style slice, crispy yet foldable with sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil. It was outstanding and I want more. The rest is easy to duplicate but I am wondering about the sauce. It tasted very fresh and light, not heavy, complex or overcooked. I don't think it was even seasoned except for possibly some salt. I am thinking I could just purée some good canned tomatoes add some salt then put it on the pizza skin raw to approximate it. Anyone know what kind of sauce I am trying to describe and thoughts if I am on the right track to duplicating it?

Chuck W.
posted about 2 years ago

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Chuck,

I'd get my hands on some good DOP San Marzanos and run them through a food mill to get the seeds out. Then add a little salt and perhaps a little pinch of good oregano (Sicilian or Greek fresh off the stems).

Opttion 2 would be some good crushed tomatoes, run a stick blender through them very quick to get them to a semi-chunky texture, add above seasoning and that's it.

Just my thoughts, though ;)

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Mike K.
posted about 2 years ago


I would also get some Alta Cucina from Stanislaus. Lots of guys use that product instead of San Marzanos. Alta Cucinas are known for having a very fresh flavor soft and delicate texture. Crush them or slight purée with a light amount of salt

Tony Gemignani admin
posted about 2 years ago


Mike, Tony, thanks for the response. I think I will experiment with this next weekend.

Chuck W.
posted about 2 years ago


Alta Cucinas are on their way.

Chuck W.
posted about 2 years ago


Chuck, I know exactly what you're talking about. Joe's makes one of my favorite slices, and it's because of the sauce. It has a very fresh, taste. I'm almost 100% sure they're not adding any paste or using ground tomatoes. The texture is much thinner than that. Alta Cucina, as Tony mentioned is a great place to start.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted about 2 years ago


Hi Tony & Raj, do you guys know their tomates sauce recepi that I can try at my pizzeria ?

Idriz Elezi
posted 8 months ago


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