1/4 ounce active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsps)
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
3 1/4 cups unbleached bread flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup medium-grind yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon table salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil, plus
more olive oil, for oiling bowl and pan
1In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in1/4 cup of the warm water. Add the sugar and 1/4 cup of the flour and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to combine.
2Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
3Add the remaining 1 cup warm water and 3 cups flour, the cornmeal, salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil.
4Using a wooden spoon, mix the dough, incorporating as much of the flour as possible.
5Turn the dough out on a lightly floured work surface and knead until soft and elastic, 10 to 12 minutes. It will be a little sticky, but shouldn't stick to your hands.
6Add only a minimum amount of flour to the work surface to keep the dough from sticking.
7Lightly oil a large bowl. Add the dough and turn to coat on all sides.
8Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place a clean, damp, kitchen towel over the top.
9Set the bowl in a warm spot and let rise until doubled in volume, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (For a slow rise, place the covered bowl in the refrigerator and let rise for 10 to 12 hours, returning dough to room temperature before using).
10When the dough has doubled in volume, punch it down and knead it for 2 to 3 minutes. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of an oiled 14-inch round deep-dish pizza pan.
11Let the dough rise in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes.
12Press the dough until it comes 2 inches up the sides and is even on the bottom and at the corners of the pan.
Lay the slices of mozzarella cheese onto the crusts like tile. Layer sausage or other meat.
Next put the tomatoe sauce/pizza sauce over the mozzarella, and season with basil, oregano, garlic and salt. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top, and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden and gooey, and the crust a light golden brown