Italian Stromboli

Looking for a delicious Italian-inspired dish that’s perfect for gatherings or a cozy night in? Try this easy-to-make Italian Stromboli recipe! Packed with savory deli meats, gooey cheese, and a flavorful garlic butter topping, it’s sure to become a family favorite.


  • 1 tube of Pillsbury pizza crust (or similar)
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 10 slices Genoa salami
  • 12 slices sandwich pepperoni
  • 8 slices provolone cheese or mozzarella (shredded cheese can also be used)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare Garlic Butter Mixture:
    • Melt the butter in the microwave. Mix in minced garlic, chopped parsley, and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  2. Preheat and Prep:
    • Preheat your oven to the temperature recommended on the pizza crust tube. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Prepare the Dough:
    • Stretch the pizza crust out on the parchment paper to nearly the size of your baking sheet.
  4. Layer Ingredients:
    • Layer the deli meats on the stretched pizza crust. Start with ham, then salami, followed by pepperoni.
  5. Add Cheese:
    • Layer slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese (or sprinkle shredded cheese) over the meats.
  6. Roll and Seal:
    • Roll the Stromboli lengthwise, ensuring the seam is sealed well. Pinch and mold the ends of the dough underneath the Stromboli to seal them.
  7. Prepare for Baking:
    • Score the top of the Stromboli a few times with a serrated knife to allow steam to escape during baking.
  8. Top with Garlic Butter:
    • Spread the prepared garlic butter mixture evenly over the top of the Stromboli.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake the Stromboli in the preheated oven according to the instructions on the pizza crust tube. The bake time will typically be similar to that of a regular pizza crust, but without par-baking.
  10. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Once baked to a golden brown, remove the Stromboli from the oven. Allow it to cool slightly before slicing. Serve warm and enjoy!

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Slice and Serve: Allow the Stromboli to cool for a few minutes after baking before slicing. This helps the cheese to set and prevents the filling from spilling out.
  2. Presentation: Arrange the slices on a serving platter or board for a beautiful presentation. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil leaves for a pop of color.
  3. Dipping Sauces: Serve with marinara sauce, ranch dressing, garlic aioli, or your favorite dipping sauce on the side. These add extra flavor and enhance the dining experience.
  4. Side Dish Options: Pair with a simple green salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette or a side of roasted vegetables to balance the richness of the Stromboli.
  5. Beverage Pairings: Enjoy with a glass of red wine such as Chianti or a light beer. Alternatively, serve with a refreshing Italian soda or sparkling water with lemon.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store leftover Stromboli in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in foil. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  2. Reheating: To reheat, place the Stromboli slices on a baking sheet and warm them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. This helps to retain its crispiness.
  3. Freezing: If you plan to freeze Stromboli, wrap individual slices or the entire Stromboli tightly in foil and place in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  4. Thawing and Reheating: Thaw frozen Stromboli overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through, ensuring the crust becomes crispy again.
  5. Avoid Microwave: Avoid reheating Stromboli in the microwave as it can make the crust soggy. Opt for the oven for best results.

Enjoy these serving and storage tips to make the most out of your homemade Italian Stromboli, whether fresh out of the oven or reheated for leftovers!


  1. Vegetarian Stromboli:
    • Omit the deli meats and add a variety of roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach. Add extra cheese for richness.
  2. Chicken Alfredo Stromboli:
    • Replace the deli meats with grilled or roasted chicken strips.
    • Spread Alfredo sauce over the dough before adding cheese and rolling. Add spinach and sun-dried tomatoes for added flavor.
  3. Caprese Stromboli:
    • Use slices of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves.
    • Drizzle with balsamic glaze before rolling for a sweet and tangy twist.
  4. BBQ Chicken Stromboli:
    • Substitute deli meats with shredded BBQ chicken.
    • Add caramelized onions, BBQ sauce, and Monterey Jack cheese for a smoky, tangy flavor.
  5. Spinach and Ricotta Stromboli:
    • Mix ricotta cheese with chopped spinach and garlic.
    • Spread the mixture over the dough, then add shredded mozzarella before rolling.
  6. Meat Lover’s Stromboli:
    • Double up on the deli meats with additional layers of cooked sausage or bacon.
    • Add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes for extra heat.
  7. Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Stromboli:
    • Spread basil pesto over the dough before layering with sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
    • Add pine nuts for extra crunch and flavor.
  8. Greek Stromboli:
    • Use feta cheese, Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, and sliced gyro meat or grilled chicken.
    • Sprinkle with oregano and a drizzle of olive oil before rolling.
  9. Buffalo Chicken Stromboli:
    • Toss shredded cooked chicken with buffalo sauce.
    • Layer with blue cheese crumbles and diced celery before rolling.
  10. Seafood Stromboli:
    • Use cooked shrimp or crab meat with Alfredo sauce and mozzarella cheese.
    • Add spinach or artichoke hearts for a creamy, seafood twist.

These variations offer a range of flavors to elevate your Italian Stromboli experience. Whether you prefer classic combinations or inventive twists, there’s a Stromboli variation to suit every palate!


  1. What is the difference between Stromboli and calzone? Stromboli typically contains multiple meats and cheeses rolled inside pizza dough, while calzone traditionally features ricotta cheese and a single type of filling, often with vegetables.
  2. Can I make Italian Stromboli ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble Stromboli ahead of time and refrigerate it before baking. Add the garlic butter topping just before baking for the best flavor.
  3. How do I prevent my Stromboli from becoming soggy? Ensure the dough is rolled and sealed tightly to prevent any filling or sauce from leaking out during baking. Also, avoid using too much sauce inside the Stromboli.
  4. What kind of dough can I use for Stromboli if I don’t have Pillsbury pizza crust? You can use any pre-made pizza dough from the store or make your own homemade pizza dough. Ensure the dough is stretched thin and even for best results.
  5. How long does Italian Stromboli last in the refrigerator? Leftover Stromboli can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven to maintain its crispiness.
  6. Can I freeze Italian Stromboli? Yes, you can freeze Stromboli either before or after baking. Wrap it tightly in foil and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  7. How do I reheat frozen Stromboli? Thaw frozen Stromboli overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through, ensuring the crust becomes crispy again.
  8. What sauces can I serve with Italian Stromboli? Marinara sauce is a classic dipping choice, but you can also serve it with ranch dressing, garlic aioli, or spicy marinara for a kick.
  9. Can I add vegetables to Italian Stromboli? Absolutely! You can add a variety of vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, spinach, or mushrooms. Ensure they are cooked or thinly sliced to prevent excess moisture.
  10. Can I customize the fillings in Italian Stromboli? Yes, feel free to customize your Stromboli fillings with different cheeses, meats, and vegetables to suit your taste preferences. Experiment with various combinations for unique flavors.

These FAQs should help answer common questions about preparing, storing, and customizing Italian Stromboli for a delicious meal or snack!

This Italian Stromboli recipe offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures in every bite. Whether you serve it as a hearty appetizer, a main dish, or for a casual dinner, its versatility and ease of preparation make it a go-to recipe for any occasion. Treat your taste buds to this flavorful Stromboli and savor the deliciousness of Italian-inspired cuisine!