Italian Bread Pizza

Make pizza using crusty bread. It’s faster than delivery and easy on the wallet.

Remember French bread pizza by the slice you bought right out of the freezer? It’s still around after 40 years! Here is a home version I’m excited to make when it’s pizza night.

I use ciabatta,* the Italian bread, but use any crusty bread. I cut the loaf into

Plan on slicing to create 1/2 inch bottom

5 inch long planks and then halve and use the bottom half for the pizza. The top half is not as crusty but usable. I save them for sandwiches.

*My ciabatta favorites are from Trader Joes and Costco

INGREDIENTS: Plan to freeze the bread and a jar of pizza sauce, then thaw out for quick assembly

  • crusty bread
  • olive oil
  • pizza sauce
  • parmesan cheese
  • basil leaves, fresh or dried oregano
  • mozzarella slices, I prefer the pre-sliced squares
  • TOPPINGS: pepperoni, mushrooms, or other favorites


  1. Prepare the bread by slicing to create bottom crusts. Reserve tops for another use, or use if necessary.
  2. Brush just the bread tops with olive oil and toast them for about 4 minutes until crisp, but not yet brown. If you have a bagel setting use it to toast just the open face.
  3. Sprinkle the crusts lightly with parmesan and then spoon on pizza sauce.
  4. Add leaves of fresh basil, [or lightly sprinkle on dried or fresh oregano].
  5. Top with slices of mozzarella cut to fit the entire slice.
  6. Add sliced pepperoni, mushrooms, or any of your favorite toppings.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Meanwhile place the slices onto pan lined with tin foil lightly sprayed with oil.
  8. Bake for about 7 to 9 minutes, until the cheese is nicely browned
Fresh basil wows this recipe
Pizza: Ciabatta
Pre-sliced mozzarella makes it less messy and easy to cover the slice
Ciabatta Pizza
Perfection! Both crunchy and chewy pizza by the slice


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