Italian Sub Deep Dish Pizza

Italian Sandwich Deep Dish Pizza

I know deep dish pizza gets a lot of flack, but good deep dish is SO GOOD and adding the ingredients of an Italian sub to a deep deep dish pizza is a combo made in pizza heaven! The thicker pizza crust can hold so much of the Italian meats and cheeses and can even hold a ton of the topping that makes Italian sandwiches so good! Im looking at you banana peppers!

Inspiration for this recipe

Deep dish is one of those things that is amazing when you have it but I never really crave it. The idea of making one popped into my head the other day and I needed to act on it! I decided to make it with the flavors of an Italian sub, complete with dressed lettuce and banana peppers on top. The reason I thought of it that was was because I love the salad that comes on an italian sub, and I thought that the deep dish pizza would basically form a bowl to put a ton of the salad topping in. This came out amazing and Georgina said it was one of her favorite things I have ever made! I live streamed the creation of this dish, and you can catch that stream here.

Making the salad topping

I made the topping first so it would be ready when the pizza came out of the oven. My topping was all my favorite Italian sub toppings- lettuce, banana peppers, onions, roasted red peppers, and Italian dressing.

making the salad

Making the dough

As I mentioned I originally steamed this recipe so some of the photos are screenshots from the steam. This one is after the dough has risen a few times. I brush it with butter and roll it up to rise again so the butter gets all up in the dough and creates the flaky goodness you are looking for in a deep dish crust.

The dough after resting

Assembling the Italian sub deep dish pizza

Press the dough into a pan, then start adding the toppings! If you have a springform pan this will be easier to get out in the end. I layered it up with ham, pepperoni, salami, mozzarella, and provolone!

building the Italian sandwich deep dish pizza

Bake the Italian sub deep dish pizza for about 35 minutes until browned and delicious!

pizza out of the oven

A perfect bowl to put my salad in! Pile the salad up high on top of the pizza.

cross section of the pizza

So tasty! So many amazing layers of goodness. An Italian sub is the perfect thing to put in a deep dish pizza in my opinion!

yummy Italian Sandwich Deep Dish Pizza

Some people mentioned that the crust in this picture looks like a goose now I can’t unsee it.

Italian Sandwich Deep Dish Pizza

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Italian Sandwich Deep Dish Pizza

I used this recipe for the dough from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Twists on the Italian sub deep dish pizza

If you like different meats or toppings on your italian sub, feel free to switch it up! I know a lot of people like capicola or prosciutto but they aren’t in my dream team lineup personally. I don’t like the texture prosciutto gives a sandwich. You could also do diced tomatoes in the topping if that’s your thing. I also think this would work with a turkey or roast beef sandwich as well!

If you love a weird deep dish, check out my lasagna deep dish pizza!

Italian Sub Deep Dish
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Italian Sub Deep Dish Pizza

A deep dish pizza with the flavors of an Italian sandwich, complete with some dressed lettuce and banana peppers on top.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Dough Making2 hours
Total Time2 hours 55 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chicago, Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 401kcal


  • 1/2 dough recipe linked above
  • 1/4 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 5 slices provolone
  • 8-10 or so slices rosemary ham
  • 6-8 slices genoa salami
  • 4-5 slices pepperoni
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 romaine heart sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup banana peppers diced
  • 3 super thin slices red onion
  • Italian dressing


  • Preheat oven to 400
  • After making the dough and allowing it to rest, roll it out and form it in your pan to create the deep dish pizza.
  • Add the tomatoes to the bottom, then the provolone, then ham, salami, and pepperoni. Finally top with mozzarella.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until crust is browned and delicious.
  • Meanwhile, mix the lettuce, banana peppers, onion slices, and dressing in a bowl. Allow the pizza to cool for 10 minutes before pouring the salad on top. Slice and serve.


Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1120mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1501IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 3mg


  1. Wow. I made this for my family yesterday. It was fantastic! Even my 5 y/o ate his whole piece. (He ate his with the salad “on the side” though because he doesn’t like lettuce yet.)

    1. I havnt tried making deep dish with store bought dough! It would probably be fine, just make sure it has time to rise a bit or it might come out dense and hard

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy!! Huge hit with the whole family. I used fresh mozzarella slices on top out of preference and it created a bit more moisture but was still really good.

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