I grew up on fried pizza. It was the only type of pizza my grandmother made. It was always part of our meatless Xmas eve meal. My grandmother would shape dinner plate sized dough rounds and fry them in corn oil. After frying and draining on towels she added thin slices of buffalo mozzarella and a basic sauce which consisted of broken up roma tomatoes, olive oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper simmered for maybe 10-15 mins. In later years when friends opened a pizzeria she would buy 5lb. hunks of the cream colored pizza cheese form them and use that on her pizzas. Good stuff.
I still make it to this day...always on Xmas eve.
I never asked where she got the idea from so I don't know if it was a regional thing (she came from a small town 2hrs. south of Naples) or something she heard about from someone else.
My British husband who had never eaten anything but Pizza Hut or Dominos loves it!