Scugnizzi – A Delicious Discovery on Instagram

A ton of my non-professional hours are spent thinking about food; I read my food magazines, dream of what I want to make, drool over the dishes being posted on Instagram, borrow a ton of cookbooks from the library…..the list goes on and on. Today, at the magical hour when my brain started thinking about dinner options, there popped a picture of Scugnizzi. Posted by one of my favorite Italian food bloggers under the handle @giuliaeats, the dish was described as fried pizza dough served with fresh tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil, and grated cheese. I responded saying I had to try these immediately.

Fortunately for me, I not only had one ball of pizza dough leftover in the fridge (home made from Marc Vetri’s book on Mastering Pizza), but the rest of the ingredients were on hand as well. I was on my way to recreating Giulia’s picture of the Italian dish that is named after street kids.

It is so easy and as I write this, I am watching with contentment, as my daughter literally is trying to get every last morsel off her plate.

Here’s how you can quickly create this dish at home.

Scugnizzi – An easy plate of heaven

If you like bruschetta, you will be in heaven with this fried pizza dough dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian, Pizza Dough, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 Ball Pizza Dough Store bought is fine
  • 4 Medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 5 Fresh basil leaves, torn into smaller pieces
  • .25 cup Shaved parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt To taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper To taste
  • 1 cup Cooking oil For frying


  1. Roll the pizza dough into an 8 inch round.  With a knife, score and cut the dough into 1 to 1.5-inch pieces.

  2. Heat oil in a small pan (I used a 6 inch round one).  When the oil is hot (test by dropping a little piece of dough and seeing if it comes right up), fry the pizza dough pieces in batches till golden brown.

  3. Remove the fried dough and place in a single layer on a plate covered with a paper towel.

  4. Now you are ready to assemble your Scugnizzi.  Divide the fried dough onto four plates.  Top with the tomatoes, basil leaves, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.  Pour a bit of olive oil over each serving.  

  5. Serve hot!

Recipe Notes

I am neither an Italian nor an expert on this dish.  I simply recreated the dish based on a picture and description.  Would love any corrections/thoughts from those closer to the origin of this dish!

2 thoughts on “Scugnizzi – A Delicious Discovery on Instagram”

  1. Hey! I am really happy you liked Scugnizzi. It is a really tasty appetizer 🙂 Thanks for mentioning me 🙂

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