This copycat Godfather’s pizza recipe is based on my fond memories of the original Godfathers pizza restaurants.  The pizza dough seemed so thick. The fresh cheeses seemed so elastic and gooey when paired with that rich tasty Godfathers pizza sauce.

Vintage Godfather’s Pizza Restaurant

When I was a kid, growing up in the 80s, families usually ate at home. Going out to dinner was a special occasion. Luckily, the town I grew up in had a Godfather’s pizza restaurant close to home. Not only was the pizza out of this world but it also had a video game arcade included inside.

I still love playing Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Defender, Dragon’s Lair, and Pac Man. The décor was set to 1930-1940 era complete with red and white checkerboard tablecloths.  I have such fond memories of spending time with my family and friends.

How to make Godfather’s pizza crust

The original Godfather’s pizza had such a unique tasting crust. I’ve never tasted another like it so this put me on a quest. Luckily Google is great for researching such a topic.

With a little time, I was able to track down some data from the wonderful folks over at www.pizzamaking.com. I also have some past restaurant experience making pizza from scratch which made the dough-making process easier. Be forewarned that the dough making process requires lots of time and patience.

The ingredients for the pizza dough include:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • Salt
  • Soybean Oil
  • Sugar
  • Dry Non-Fat Milk

The dough bakes into a delicious Chicago style deep dish crust. You will need a 14 or 16-inch deep dish pan for this recipe and ideally, you already have a Kitchen Aid mixer capable of making the dough.

1) Start by combining the dry yeast, sugar, and salt into a single container.

2) Add the oil to the water and make sure that the water is at a lukewarm temperature. This will ensure that the yeast and the sugar will activate faster.

3) Add the dry yeast mixture into the lukewarm water and allow to set for 5 minutes.

4) Add the mixture into the mixing bowl and begin to slowly incorporate the flour and dry milk powder.

5) Make sure the mixer is on a slow setting so that the contents do not splash out of the bowl. As you add the flour, you will need to adjust the speed of the mixer. Once all of the flour is added, continue to mix until the dough is completely formed. You may need to stop the mixer and scrape the sides to ensure all ingredients are added into the dough ball. You may also need to add additional flour to make sure the dough is not too sticky to work with.

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6) After the dough is completely mixed, form the dough into a round ball and place into a large container or large plate.

7) Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow to proof for 4 – 8 hours.

8 ) After the proofing time has elapsed, the dough should have expanded greatly. Use a rolling pin the flatten the dough into a round shape that will fit a 16-inch pan. If you have a 14-inch pan, you will need to remove part of the dough. Oil the pan and then use your fingers to press it into the pan, allowing the dough to curve up the side of the pan. Allow the dough to set again in the pan for 20 – 30 minutes. The dough should expand again. You may need to message it back into place before adding the ingredients.

How to Make Godfather’s Pizza Sauce

To achieve that wonderful tasting Godfather’s pizza sauce, you will need:

  • Tomato Puree
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Fennel
  • Coriander
  • Black Pepper

Place a skillet on medium heat and add sufficient oil to the pan. Add tomato puree and then incorporate the remaining ingredients into the pan while stirring regularly. After 10 minutes, turn the heat down to simmer and cover the skillet. After 10 minutes you are ready to add it to the deep dish pizza crust.

Copycat Original Godfather pizza Recipe | Italian Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

What You’ll Need to Make Godfather’s Pizza Crust

  • 16.25 oz Flour
  • 9.00 oz Water
  • 1.5 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • .75 tsp Salt
  • 4.25 tsp Soybean Oil
  • 2.25 tsp Sugar
  • 7.5 tsp Dry Non-Fat Milk

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Godfather’s Pizza Sauce

  • 16 oz Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Oregano
  • .75 tbsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Ground Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Ground marjoram
  • .75 tsp Thyme
  • .5 tsp Ground Fennel
  • .25 tsp Coriander
  • .25 tsp Salt
  • .25 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Additional Ingredients

  • Part-Skim Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Ham
  • Bacon

Instructions

Preparing the Godfather’s Pizza Dough

1) Combine the dry yeast, sugar and salt into a single container

2) Add the oil to the lukewarm water

3) Add the dry yeast mixture to the luke warm water and allow 5 minutes to set

4) Add the dry yeast and water mixture into a mixing bowl and slowly fold the flour and dry milk powder into the mix (make sure the mixer is on the lowest setting)

5) Increase speed as necessary and continue to mix until the dough is completely formed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour and continue to mix

6) Form the dough into a large round ball and place into a large container or large plate and cover with plastic

7) Allow dough to rest for 4-8 hours

8) Flatten dough into a rounded shape approximately 16 inches in diameter

9) Oil deep dish pan and press dough with your fingers to fit the pan

10) Be sure to press dough partially up the side of the pan to create the deep dish look

11) Let set for 20-30 minutes before adding sauce and toppings

Preparing the Godfather’s Pizza Sauce

1) Turn on oven burner to medium heat

2) Add oil to a skillet

3) Add Tomato Puree to the pan and stir

4) Add remaining sauce spices into the pan and continue to stir

5) After 10 minutes reduce heat to simmer and add cover to pan

6) Continue to simmer for 10 minutes

Finishing the Godfather’s Pizza

1) Set preheat oven to bake at 500 degrees

2) Add appropriate amount of sauce to the crust

3) Add Part-Skim Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

4) Add pepperoni, sausage, ham and bacon

5) Place in the oven for approximately 12-14 minutes. Check crust at 10 minutes and continue to cook until the bottom of the crust is golden brown

26 COMMENTS

  1. Minor quibble: Godfather’s puts the cheese on last, so the assembly steps are sauce, meats, veggies if any, then cheese last. On a 16 inch pizza they used 16 ounces of cheese. And get a block of mozzarella and shred it yourself (you’ll have plenty of time while the dough is proofing). The pre-shredded cheese comes covered with corn starch to prevent it all sticking together and it doesn’t taste quite right. Also grease your pan liberally with shortening rather than oil.

    Source: I worked at Godfather’s in the 80s for the express purpose of figuring out how to make it myself.

  2. There are a few Godfather’s left, but they are different, not stand alone restaurants but just an oven in a gas station in small farmtowns along the Interstate. There is one 25 miles away in Farmer City IL so I went and had some but it’s not the same Pizza I remember from the early 80s when we had one in the local strip mall (jukebox playing Billy Joel constantly.) Now it tastes like the same crust you get at one of the fast foot type spots like Domino’s or Little Caesars. Disappointing, I remember the old crust was fairly dense and hard, almost like a pretzel.

    • I’m in Iowa, we still have 2 original stand alone Godfathers. One in Waterloo the other in Cedar Falls. Same delicious flavors as back then.

      • Could you send me a taco pizza… I will pay for shipping… Lol Kidding I so want their taco pizza. I was so sad when they closed down by me in Utah.

        • I’m looking for a recipe for their taco pizza. I absolutely loved it. I don’t have a Godfather’s near me anymore. I found one recipe that is supposed to taste like Godfather’s that I’m going to try. I really hope it satisfies my craving, lol…

  3. Many thanks for the recipe!

    Yancey: does this mirror your recipe? Or are there other differences than those you noted? I just made this today and it’s, but not quite there for me – the sauce seems a little off.

    Certainly appreciate any refinements to the recipe!

  4. I’m originally from Northern Iowa and they still have a stand alone restaurant in my hometown of Mason city. Also, if you find yourself heading BBC to Branson MO anytime soon, there is one there and one in Ozark MO and Nixa MO. Very good pizza and nothing like that crap has station wanna be pizza. Happy travels!!

  5. I am 56 years old and was a fan of The Godfathers in Mobile, AL while I was in high school in the late 70s and early 80s. This was the best pizza I have eaten to date. I recently started thinking about it and googling it and made my own version. It was pretty good, but not a spot-on match. I used the crust recipe from King Authurs web site. Cheese on last, of course. Maybe the crust was off. Going to try this recipe. I used my iron skillet as the pan.

  6. Black olives on my pizza was favorite, haven’t had one since The Godfather’s in Bloomington Il close miss it looked for a recipe with black olives, sausage or hamburger on it couldn’t find it .

  7. We moved from Omaha to Atlanta about 4 years ago and my family and I miss Godfathers sooo much! We’ve tried pretty much every pizza place in ATL and nothing compares to Godfathers! Tried this recipe today. CRUST IS LITERALLY SPOT ON (Which is the best part in my opinion)!!!! The sauce didn’t seem right though. Could be my cooking skills. I don’t know.

    I did however, learn that Godfathers is jarring and selling their signature sauce on Amazon now! Gonna give that a shot. Thank you so much for this recipe! My family is thrilled to have a good crust again!!!

  8. We moved from Omaha to Atlanta about 4 years ago and my family and I miss Godfathers sooo much! We’ve tried pretty much every pizza place in ATL and nothing compares to Godfathers! Tried this recipe today. CRUST IS LITERALLY SPOT ON (Which is the best part in my opinion)!!!! The sauce didn’t seem right though. Could be my cooking skills. I don’t know.

    I just found out that Godfathers is jarring and selling their signature sauce on Amazon now! Gonna order some of that. Thank you so much for this recipe! My family is thrilled to have a good crust again!!!

  9. We moved from Omaha to Atlanta about 4 years ago and my family and I miss Godfathers sooo much! We’ve tried pretty much every pizza place in ATL and nothing compares to Godfathers! Tried this recipe today. CRUST IS LITERALLY SPOT ON (Which is the best part in my opinion)!!!! The sauce didn’t seem right though. Could be my cooking skills. I don’t know.

    I just found out that Godfathers is jarring and selling their signature sauce on Amazon now! Gonna order some of that. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  10. Does anyone else remember their taco pizza? It was the only pizza we liked for the last 38 years… Godfathers was an every weekend date night for us 38 years ago…. No other pizza joints can compare to Godfathers pizza…. Time to try and duplicate it …. Will let ya know how it turns out

    • I do Kim. I worked there in the early 80’s and met my first wife at the one in Montgomery. Loved the Taco pizza and the Deep Dish. Have had some good pizzas since but nothing that compares. It was required to come in 4 hours before the store opened to make the doe, grate the cheese, and various other duties I have forgotten. Think about opening my own one day.

  11. Glad I found this recipe. Our last remaining Godfather’s closed last week. We used to have about 12 stores in my area. I asked the corporate office why it closed and was surprised I actually got an answer. The owner of 40+ years retired and just decided to close instead of selling his franchise to someone else. Sad…I began going there in the 70s, worked there for about a year in the 80s, and have been a loyal customer all this time. I’ll try this crust recipe…and I was happy to learn they are selling their sauce on Amazon and other locations. I ordered three jars of it.

    • We sadly lost our last Godfathers in the area (Burnsville, MN). We have purchased the sauce on Amazon, but without the crust, it’s not the same. I worked at a Godfathers in the mid-90’s and recall making lots of dough – I never really payed attention to the ingredients, just knew how to dump them into the big mixer. I’m excited to try the dough recipe!

  12. I’m going to have to try this, I so miss their pizzas, what was the sausage they used,? it was not spicy,

  13. Could you send me a taco pizza… I will pay for shipping… Lol Kidding I so want their taco pizza. I was so sad when they closed down by me in Utah.

  14. I live in Omaha and we enjoy still having several Godfather’s Pizza locations! It’s their headquarters, we are so spoiled!
    They still have 1 dine-in location 108th & West Maple. (a block away from their headquarters) or used to be.
    We are totally hooked on their Taco sauce!!! We use it on the combo and it is fabulous! Takes that 10lb pie to another level!!!

    My question has to do with what kind of cheese to they use? Please let me know!

    FYI: I’m on a quest to try and recreate our top 3; Godfathers, Pizza Hut, and Valentino’s knock-off recipes we can make from home.

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