The name means "in the style of the pizza maker's wife." It is
used on all types of meat, seafood, fowl and vegetables in southern Italy. Its most
famous use is as a pizza sauce.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 to 4 cloves garlic,
4 cups canned Italian tomatoes, not drained
1/4 cup tomato
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Salt and freshly-ground
pepper, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Cook the onions until tender
but not brown, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the garlic and cook for
Add the tomatoes with their liquid along with the remaining ingredients. Bring
to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring
occasionally and breaking the tomatoes into small pieces with a wooden spoon. The
sauce should be thick and smooth, and may be pressed through a strainer or processed
in a food processor to the desired consistency if necessary.