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Ledo Pizza

messy_chef May 18, 2011 02:05 PM

I grew up in MD and took for granted how utterly delicious a plain cheese pizza from Ledo was. The crust is thin and flaky, the sauce is sweet, and the cheese is smoky. Anyone have a good copycat recipe?

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    cb1 RE: messy_chef May 18, 2011 02:17 PM

    If you ever find one Messy, please give it to all of the franchisee's, I wish they could make a "real" Ledo pizza. None of them come close to the original Ledo's owned by the Maros family.

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      messy_chef RE: cb1 May 18, 2011 02:18 PM

      I know. There is one here in Raleigh that is nothing but a rectangular puddle of grease!

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      robertsmom2 RE: messy_chef May 23, 2011 01:17 PM

      Everyone needs to remember: the Ledo Pizza chain is NOT, I repeat NOT part of the Ledo Resteraunt that was in Adelphi/Hyattsville, MD and now is College Park on Knox Road. Never has been, never will be. The resteraunt has nothing to do with the chain. If you want the REAL Ledo's Resteraunt pizza, you have to go to College Park. I once thought it was the same, but was corrected some time ago. I grew up on Ledo Resteraunt pizza and find the new location has stuck pretty much to the original receipe with a couple changes. The crust is still thin, flaky and crisp, the tomato sauce sweet. They have changed some of the toppings (thick bacon instead of thin).

      Food for thought...the next time you are up in the College Park area, call ahead and have Ledo's do a half-cooked pizza and take it home to freeze. I do this all the time (have one on the counter now to thaw and finsh cooking) and I live in PA, about 4-4 1/2 hours away.

      Unfortunately, free parking at the new location is next to impossible (unless Ledo's offers free parking validation). I was lucky my one time in College Park and was able to pull into a spot on the street as someone pulled out.

      1. subinai RE: messy_chef May 23, 2011 02:42 PM

        i used to work at a ledo's in Anne Arundel County when i was in high school and i really wish i could remember what the dough recipe was. the cheese they used was provolone though.

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          messy_chef RE: subinai May 23, 2011 02:53 PM

          Was it smoked provolone?

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            subinai RE: messy_chef May 28, 2011 03:51 PM

            i dont think so. i remember the dough being water, yeast, oil, sugar, and salt. can't recall anything else. thinking about this is making me hungry!

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              chefj RE: messy_chef May 28, 2011 06:19 PM

              No, It is not smoked cheese.

          2. todao RE: messy_chef May 23, 2011 02:54 PM

            Well, it isn't Ledo but you could try the new Ultimate Cheese Pizza on thin crust at your local Pizza Hut.

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              chefj RE: todao May 28, 2011 06:22 PM

              Ledo's Pizza is crust is like no other that I have ever eaten. I hate it! but Mom loves it. It is more like a pie crust than a yeast raised dough. I really doubt that anything Pizza Hut does is like it.

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              Boomerg RE: messy_chef Oct 18, 2013 11:02 PM

              Ledos now sells their sauce. I haven't tried it yet to see how' true it is to the original. I believe the crust is a puff pastry dough. Probably not the classic recipe as that would rise too much and be too oily/buttery. Try a recipe for blitz puff pastry. I never thought the sauce was much more than a basic marinara sauce with some extra oregano and some sugar added.

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