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##### Re: Sbarro's mall pizza
« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2006, 09:37:31 PM »
Dave,

I believe that 1 1/2 ounces of yeast is probably correct. With 800 ounces of flour (50 x 16), the baker's percent for the ADY is 1.5/800 = 0.1875%. That may be on the low side, but it most likely would work. I wonder more about the amount of water. If it is 24 pounds as noted, then the baker's percent for water would be 24/50 = 48%. That would be a low figure for the type of dough involved. Possibly the weight of the ice wasn't taken into account.

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Pete,

Yes, actually, I *am* a moron   I read 1 1/2 *teaspoons* for some reason rather than 1 1/2 ounces    This will teach me yet again not to post on here so early in the morning

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« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2006, 04:00:33 AM »
can anybody make this into a single pizza recipe.. just wonderin

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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2006, 10:18:50 AM »
I worked at the Sbarros in the Crossgates Mall (Albany N.Y.) foodcourt.   1994-1996.  The recipe we used is as follows:

50 pounds Lisante Pizza Flour (measured on a scale, because the #50 bags usually did not contain exactly #50 of flour)
28 pounds of ice-water (measured on a floor scale, we used cold tap water and added 2 large scoops of ice from our ice machine.  The      plastic scoop is roughly the size of a 2 liter soda bottle.)

20 oz of shortening (we did not use lard)
16 oz of salt
2.00 ounces of actice-dry yeast (there was a special digital scale used to weigh the yeast.)
Malt Syrup (this came in an unlabeled plastic bag.  A thick and heavy brown liquid.  I cut the top off and squeezed it in.  A very rough guess from memory would be that  the capacity was 1.5 cups, but I can't be sure.)

Mixed in the giant hobart for 7 minutes low speed, 5 high.   Don't lose a limb.  Cut and roll dough, place in stackable dough trays, and slide into walk-in cooler.  Dough was made in the afternoon and used the next day.

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##### Re: Sbarro's mall pizza
« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2006, 11:09:01 AM »
altmangf,

Now that is more like it . The pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place. I am certain that the malt is non-diastatic barley malt syrup and used for crust color and flavor purposes. Usually when barley malt syrup is used, the other forms of sugar, usually sucrose (normal table sugar), are omitted from the dough formulation, which apparently was the case when you worked at Sbarro's since you didn't specify any other sugar(s). If your 1 1/2-cup estimate for the barley malt syrup is correct, I estimate that the barley malt syrup is used at the rate of about 2.22%, which would be quite normal for sugar in a pizza dough formulation. In anticipation of a question of where one can find non-diastatic barley malt syrup, I found mine at Whole Foods. I am sure it can also be ordered from online sources.

To answer sethelement's question, yes, it is possible to come up with a single dough ball formulation. I would use 24 ounces as the dough ball size. I believe that that would be for an 18" pizza. If 18" is correct, that would be for a rather thin crust pizza, but there is no reason why the dough can't be used to make a smaller, thicker crust pizza.

A point to keep in mind is that institutional pizza dough recipes can change over time. So the most recent dough formulation may not be the one used by Sbarro's today. But, if that is not an issue, I think I can calculate the ingredients necessary to produce a 24-ounce dough ball (or any other size).

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« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2006, 07:29:30 AM »
Lisanti Pizza flour came from Lisanti Foods Incorporated  in New Jersey- now bankrupt. I used to see Lisanti pizza sauce at the Sbarro's in Ft. Wayne Indiana 20 years ago. Not sure what happened to their assets.

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« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2006, 10:35:35 AM »
Hi peter,
I was at Sbarros a couple years ago and asked about thier process also  how big the pizza was and they told me it is stretched to almost 17inches if that helps. It may have started out at 18inches but as prices rise over time this is how the company passed on those food costs. Just a thought,      Chiguy

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« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2006, 12:32:01 PM »
Thanks Zeke

At least now I can quit looking.

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« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2006, 03:04:36 AM »
lisante was at the NY pizza convention a little less than a year ago.

I think the might still be around.  They had a full line of products cheese/sauce/toppings included.  Their pizzas were being made from a really nice guy from orlando (I think?), definitely florida.  I thought it was the best pizza at the show.

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« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2006, 12:01:19 PM »
To Sbarro's pizza lovers,

I recently found an article on how to make a NY style cheese pizza, by the corporate chef of Sbarro’s, Giuseppe (“Joe”) Borruso. As noted here, http://www.sbarro.com/aboutUs/managementTeam.php, Mr. Borruso is still with Sbarro’s (see bio at the bottom of the page). As noted in the article, at
http://www.nbc10.com/recipes/9992657/detail.html, 24 ounces of dough is used to make an 18-inch dough round, which is consistent with the information that was provided by members sethelement and altmangf. The article is also instructive in the amounts of sauce and cheese to use. There is no discussion about how to make the dough itself but I believe that any of the three fats mentioned so far--lard, shortening and oil (the latter by elsegundo)--can be used interchangeably since all three fats are 100% fat. I would guess that oil is used at the present for health-related reasons. The dough shaping/stretching instructions given in the article may also be useful, even in a general sense. I have no idea of what a pizza "mold" is as discussed in the article, but I doubt that it is needed.

To preserve the article, I have copied and pasted it below, as follows:

By Corporate Chef Giuseppe Joe Borruso

Makes eight slices

Ingredients:
1 24 oz. dough ball
10 oz. pizza sauce
13 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/8 tsp. oregano
½ oz. blended oil
½ oz. grated romano cheese
flour

Pizza Spinning Tips:
-Dough ball needs to be eight inches in diameter
-Use only tips of fingers to pick up dough ball
-After flattening the center of the dough, make sure to create a one-inch rim around the outside
-Stretch the dough to 12 inches in diameter before spinning begins
-When tossing the dough, throw it like a Frisbee, turning it clockwise
-Make sure you don't overstretch the dough -- thin dough makes for soggy pizza

Procedure:
Note: This recipe uses tools that can be replaced if needed by more common items found in a kitchen.

Sprinkle a little flour on top of each dough ball, use center ball on tray first. Remove the dough ball with a scraper.

Flour both sides of the dough ball. Shake off extra flour. Place dough, smooth side up, in pizza mold.

Use flat fingers to push dough into the mold until flattened and distributed evenly. Dough should fill the mold with edges tight to the mold and squared. Sprinkle a little durum flour on top of the dough. Pull dough gently out of the mold. Place smooth side down on lightly floured preparation surface.

Working just inside the edge of the dough circle, guide and turn the dough two full revolutions with the side of one hand, while pressing down with the outside fingers of the other hand to form and enhance the border. Use sides of fingers, not fingertips. Pressing with flat fingers inside the border, begin at the top of the circle and move hands opposite ways around the outside of the circle, meeting at the bottom and then moving up the center of the circle to the top. This process stretches the dough and distributes it evenly across the inside of the circle. Turn the circle a quarter of the way around and repeat. Continue until you’ve completed one full revolution. Dust excess flour off the border with your fingertips and palms.

Pick up the dough. Drape it over the back of your hands, with thumbs toward each other. Just inside the border so dough doesn’t slip off. Stretch the edge about two inches with your thumbs. Move circle around about 2 inches. Stretch the edge again. Do not stretch center of dough. Continue stretching and turning dough until the circle is approximately 18 inches in diameter.

Place dough circle smooth side up on a lightly floured 18 inch pizza peel. Pour one heaping eight oz. ladle, 10 liquid oz., pizza sauce on center of dough. Hold the ladle near the bottom of the handle. Distribute sauce across dough by pressing gently, moving the ladle in circular motions from the center towards outside. Stopping when you are ¾-inches from the rim. Put the ladle at the center again and repeat the circular motion to even the sauce. Sprinkle half of the grated romano cheese over sauce.

Starting on the outside, spread 13 oz. of shredded pizza cheese evenly over the sauce making sure all the sauce is covered with cheese. Sprinkle 1/8 tsp. of oregano over the cheese. Using an oil container in a circular motion, evenly pour ¼ oz. of blended oil over the cheese. Brush any excess flour, spilled sauce or cheese off.

Bake at 550 degrees for approximately seven minutes. The pizza is finished baking when the cheese is bubbling at its highest point and the crust is evenly golden brown. If baked too long, cheese will start to settle and break down and the pizza will look oily on top.

Place pizza on pan and cut into eight equal slices.
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« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2006, 12:25:30 PM »
As a follow-up to my last post, those who are interested in making a Sbarro's dough for an 18" pizza (24 ounces of dough), might consider the two dough formulations presented below--one using shortening and one using oil. If someone prefers to use lard instead of shortening or oil, the amount that would be used is about 2.4 t. (2 1/2 t. should be fine). The lard quantity is based on the Armour brand of lard. If member wayno is correct (see Reply 13) that Sbarro’s uses a high-gluten, bleached, bromated flour, then I think that the All Trumps high-gluten flour would make a good replacement for the Lisante (Lisanti?) pizza flour. Since we have baker’s percents, it should be fairly easy to derive the quantities of ingredients for any size pizza, not just the 18” size. For those who like working with thickness factors, I calculated a value of 0.094 for the Sbarro’s pizza dough. That would translate into a thin NY style.

Shortening Version
Pizza Flour (100%):                                 417.5 g  |  14.73 oz | 0.92 lbs
Water (56%):                                           233.8 g  |  8.25 oz | 0.52 lbs
Salt (2%):                                                 8.35 g | 0.29 oz | 0.02 lbs | 1.5 tsp | 0.5 tbsp
ADY (0.25%):                                           1.04 g | 0.04 oz | 0 lbs | 0.28 tsp | 0.09 tbsp
Shortening* (2.5%):                                10.44 g | 0.37 oz | 0.02 lbs | 2.63 tsp
Non-diastatic barley malt syrup (2.22%): 9.27 g | 0.33 oz | 0.02 lbs | 1.34 tsp
Total (162.97%):                                      680.4 g | 24 oz | 1.5 lbs
*Crisco

Oil (Soybean) Version
Pizza Flour (100%):                                  417.5 g  |  14.73 oz | 0.92 lbs
Water (56%):                                           233.8 g  |  8.25 oz | 0.52 lbs
Salt (2%):                                                 8.35 g | 0.29 oz | 0.02 lbs | 1.5 tsp | 0.5 tbsp
ADY (0.25%):                                            1.04 g | 0.04 oz | 0 lbs | 0.28 tsp | 0.09 tbsp
Oil (2.5%):                                                10.44 g | 0.37 oz | 0.02 lbs | 2.24 tsp | 0.75 tbsp
Non-diastatic barley malt syrup (2.22%): 9.27 g | 0.33 oz | 0.02 lbs | 1.34 tsp
Total (162.97%):                                       680.4 g | 24 oz | 1.5 lbs

Peter

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##### Re: Sbarro's mall pizza
« Reply #35 on: December 21, 2006, 06:30:09 PM »
Last time i was at Sbarros about a year ago, they cut all the pies in 1/6 slices, and they were not 18inches. You could take a ride to almost any mall and see for yourself the product has definitely changed.      Chiguy

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##### Re: Sbarro's mall pizza
« Reply #36 on: December 21, 2006, 07:20:22 PM »
chiguy,

After reading your post, I called a local Sbarro's and asked about their pizza sizes. I was told that there is only one size--18". When I asked how many slices that came to, I was told that they will cut the pizza into 6, 8 or 12 slices, as requested. Of course, in any individual case, mileage may vary. It’s also possible that a pizza that is 18” on the peel shrinks a bit during baking.

I know that a lot of places that sell by the slice, as does Sbarro’s, often cut pizzas above 16” into 6 slices rather than 8. Maybe that is what you saw.

Peter

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« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2006, 06:25:38 AM »
I bet the lard is the "secret ingredient" for the taste of the crust.
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« Reply #38 on: December 26, 2006, 01:05:39 AM »
Hello everyone!  I love baking pizza but I would be an Icon (in my kids eyes) if I could duplicate Sbarro's this crust pizza and their sauce.  Any ideas?

Thanks

came upon this on ebay. hope the link works.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sbarros-Pizza-Sauce_W0QQitemZ190065670049QQihZ009QQcategoryZ25384QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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« Reply #39 on: December 26, 2006, 09:45:52 AM »
joe,

I believe the eBay sauces are pasta sauces, not pizza sauces. See, for example, http://www.sbarro.com/sauces.php. My recollection is that Steve looked into the sauces when they were first introduced and came away with the impression that the marinara sauce was one that might be closest to a pizza sauce. See Reply 7 in this thread.

Peter
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« Reply #40 on: December 29, 2006, 09:33:02 PM »
Thanks for posting the recipe, but I had a couple of questions.  Could you point me in the direction for figuring bakers percentages.  I've been making my own pizza for a long time, but I'm new to this board.  So, is your recipe for a NY style pizza or a standard Sbarro deep style?  Lastly, has anybody tried this recipe?
What's interesting is while I was making some dough for bagels, I was putting in my barley malt syrup wondering what it would do to my pizza dough?  It gives the bagels a really authentic taste to them.  Everybody whose had some of my bagels say they taste like NY bagels.  Then, I'm reading on here about it in the Sbarro pizza, so I'm definitely gonna give this a go maybe next week and let you guys know how it turns out.  I assume you guys are gonna cook it on a stone?

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« Reply #41 on: December 29, 2006, 09:41:16 PM »
One more thing, is the sauce recipe posted earlier in this thread close to the original?  Do they cook their pizza sauce does anybody know?? I've always been a fan of the uncooked pizza sauce, but that's just personal taste.  Waht do you guys think?

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« Reply #42 on: December 29, 2006, 10:43:26 PM »
Frank99ta,

I calculated the baker's percents based on the information provided in Reply 27 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,2061.msg36172.html#msg36172. I then scaled the dough formulation down to a 24-ounce dough ball.

For purposes of the baker's percents, the flour is assigned a baker's percent of 100%. The baker's percents for the remaining ingredients are established by taking the ratio of the weight of each such ingredient to the weight of the flour. I'm sure I can point you to an article or post on baker's percents usage if you are interested.

I have not yet had a chance to try the dough formulation. Based on the use of 24 ounces of dough to make an 18" pizza, that strongly suggests a thin NY style. Ideally, it should be baked on a stone or tiles. My oven setup isn't equipped to do that so I would use an 18" screen in conjunction with a stone.

I personally don't have an opinion on the sauce recipe you mentioned.

I look forward to reading about your results. If you can post photos, so much the better.

Peter

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« Reply #43 on: January 15, 2007, 08:12:40 AM »
Can you please share your Sbarro Pizza Sauce recipe with me.  I couldn't find it on this forum.  I would really appreciate it and if you could include the measurements that woulid be great.

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« Reply #44 on: January 31, 2007, 07:48:51 AM »
One more thing, is the sauce recipe posted earlier in this thread close to the original?  Do they cook their pizza sauce does anybody know?? I've always been a fan of the uncooked pizza sauce, but that's just personal taste.  Waht do you guys think?

It's uncooked.

Pete:  A pizza mold is a stainless steel equipment used by Sbarro as a pizza making tool to help pizza makers make a round pie with a nice crust.  You're right.  It's not needed, but it helps cut the learning curve on teaching someone how to make a good pie.
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« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2007, 03:51:06 AM »
Here's an example of a pizza mold.

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« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2007, 03:52:33 AM »
Here's what the dough looks like after using a pizza mold.

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« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2007, 05:15:54 AM »

Thanks for the photos. Is the dough shown upside down, or right side up? Is the pizza mold a specialized product made for Sbarro's or is it generally available? Thanks.

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« Reply #48 on: February 09, 2007, 07:32:07 AM »
LOL I LOVE THAT - A playdough pizza mold!  It is frustrating after all the practice I have thinking
I can throw a pretty nice pie than I go into a new place in my vast travels and watch some bloke
flinging dough around so perfect, thin, and round and mine in comparison looks like a downs syndrome
pizza but then mine tastes better  so who cares.

I wonder what that mold does for texture and density?

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« Reply #49 on: February 09, 2007, 07:15:36 PM »