Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread

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Sure, you can have bland, boring breadsticks with your pizza. Or… you can have rich, creamy, ooey-gooey, cheesy, garlic bread with my Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread. The choice is yours.

Slices of cheesy bread on wooden pizza peel. Text reads "Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread".

Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread

One of the absolute best parts about going out for pizza is that cheesy, creamy, crispy garlic break you can’t get anywhere but a genuine pizza joint. But what if I told you there’s another place you can get your fix? It’s closer than you think. With my Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread, you can turn out cheesy bread worthy of even the most authentic pizza joints, and you can do it right in your own backyard.

Ingredients for Cheesy Garlic Bread

Not only can you make this incredible side dish at home, but it only takes a handful of simple ingredients you’ve likely got on hand already in your refrigerator and pantry.

  • Olive oil. This adds a rich, creamy quality to you only get with pizzeria style cheesy bread. It also helps your cheese and dough develop a much-desired crispy exterior.
  • Minced garlic. Let’s not forget garlic bread is the godfather of cheesy bread. I like to mince some fresh garlic, but pre-minced will also work just fine.
  • Mozzarella cheese. I also like to use fresh mozzarella and shred it by hand. You’re going to get a nice texture you can’t achieve with pre-shredded, bagged cheese.
  • Parmesan cheese. Once again, I prefer to go fresh here and grate my own Parmesan. I add this to the dough before baking it, but I also like to sprinkle some on while it’s cooling.
  • Red pepper flakes. This one is totally optional. I like a little kick with everything I eat. If you’re looking for just a touch of heat, this is the move.

You can shake things up with some fresh herbs like parsley or basil. If you’re feeling a little sassy, you can add some heat with my Quick Pickled Jalapeños. You can really add any toppings you like and it will taste incredible.

Sideview of baked crust on wooden peel.

Homemade Cheesy Bread Dough

For this recipe, I’m using my Neapolitan Pizza Dough. You can make this ahead of time and store in individual deli containers so it’s ready when you want it. I love making cheesy garlic bread with this dough because it’s the same I use for all my favorite pizzas. It’s no extra work or ingredients, you can whip it out right alongside your pies, and you’ve got a killer side that’s a surefire crowdpleaser. Any Neapolitan style pizza dough will give you mouthwatering, melty cheesy bread. 

Don’t stress if you don’t have a fancy pizza oven. You can make this same recipe in a conventional oven, removing it when your cheese is melted to your liking and the visible crust looks golden brown and crispy. You can use this same basic recipe with my Homemade Grilled Pizza Dough if you’re making pizzas on the grill.

If you’re using a store bought dough, you may need to run it a bit longer at a lower temperature. That’s because it’s going to have a slightly thicker consistency and less moisture than my homemade dough options.

What Goes Great With Garlic Bread

Every great breadstick needs a yummy dipping sauce. You can go with a marinara sauce, or simply use some of the sauce for your pizzas as a dip. If you really want to take your breadsticks game to a whole new level, I highly recommend my 4 Ingredient Pizza Sauce. It really is just 4 ingredients, takes just a few minutes to make, and will rock your cheesy heart when coating some warm cheesy garlic bread. You can also go with whatever dips you like to use. No matter which way you go, you’re going to love it.

Of course, we can’t forget garlic bread’s soulmate: pizza. Any pizza you enjoy is going to feel like an indulgent meal when you add some of this garlicky gooey goodness. Here are a few of my personal favorites for you to try:

Olive oil drizzle on dough on wooden peel. A hand is sprinkling mozzarella cheese on top.

How to Make Garlic Cheese Bread

Now that you know all the tasty ingredients you’ll be using and delicious pizzas you can serve it with, let’s cover how to make this ooey-gooey, soft, and chewy cheese bread.

  1. Stretch. You want to stretch your dough into more of a rectangular shape than you would for a pie. You also want it a bit thicker than you would for pizza so you get a slightly doughy inside with a crispy exterior. Shoot for the same thickness you’d leave the outer crust for a pizza.
  2. Top. Drizzle a healthy dose of olive oil onto your stretched-out dough. This adds a rich flavor you definitely want on your bread, and it helps the outside of your dough and the cheese develop that crispiness everyone loves. Sprinkle on some fresh shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan, and minced garlic, and any other toppings you prefer.
  3. Bake. Shimmy that loaded dough into your hot pizza oven, and rotate it every minute or 2. The whole thing will take 5-8 minutes, but your eyes are your best friend here. Once your cheese starts to bubble and brown a little, and your crust is a gorgeous golden color with some light charred spots, it’s time to pull that bad boy.
  4. Rest, slice, and serve. Once you pull your cheesy bread from the oven, you want to let it cool on a wooden pizza peel or cutting board for 2-5 minutes. This will give your cheese a chance to cool just enough for you to maintain that epic cheese pull without burning your mouth while devouring it. It also helps keep that melty cheese on your bread and off your cutter. Sprinkle on some red pepper flakes for some kick, if that’s your thing.

Bottom of crust with leopard char spots on wooden pizza peel.

More Yummy Cheese Bread Recipes

Is there such a thing as too much cheese bread? If you’re anything like me, then the answer is definitely no. Be sure to check out some more of my favorite warm and crispy cheese bread recipes, all available to try in the Hey Grill Hey app.

Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread

You’ve mastered pizzeria quality cheesy bread, but don’t stop there. Head over to The Grill Squad and check out our Pizza Pitmaster Class, hosted by Jack Carlisle. Jack, a former pizza joint owner and, joins Susie to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the art of making delicious pizza at home. And after you’ve learned all the ins and outs of the pizza game, we’ve got in-depth classes on brisket, turkey, and so much more.

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Cheesy garlic bread being torn in half with a cheese pull between the two sides.

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Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread

By: Susie Bulloch
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Sure, you can have breadsticks with your pizza, or you can have ooey-gooey, cheesy, creamy garlic bread with my Pizzeria Style Cheesy Bread.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings4 people


  • 1 8 ounce dough ball
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese grated
  • pinch red pepper flakes optional


  • Stretch. Stretch your dough ball into a rectangle on a well-floured pizza peel. Your stretched dough should be slightly thicker than when making pizza.
    1 8 ounce dough ball
  • Top. Drizzle olive oil on the surface of your dough. Sprinkle on minced garlic, shredded mozzarella, and shredded Parmesan.
    1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, 1 ounce Parmesan cheese
  • Bake. Slide bread into your pizza oven. Bake for 5-8 minutes at 600-650 degrees F, rotating every 1-2 minutes. Remove when your cheese starts to bubble and your crust is a golden brown with some charring.
  • Rest, slice, and serve. Remove your cheesy bread from the oven, and allow to cool for 2-5 minutes before slicing. Cut to your desired thickness and enjoy. Sprinkle red pepper flakes if you want a little heat.
    pinch red pepper flakes


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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