The Difference Between Stromboli and Calzone [Recipes & Nutrition]

00;”>If you like pizza on the go, a calzone is the perfect portable pie since it is folded over with all the toppings on the inside and a side of pizza sauce to dip it in.

00;”>Calzone and stromboli are essentially different formats of pizza that serve different purposes.

Comparing the calorie content of strombolis and calzones, strombolis generally contain more calories. This difference is primarily due to the stromboli’s larger size and its typical filling of various meats and cheeses, contributing to a higher calorie count. A single stromboli can range up to 900 calories or more. In contrast, calzones are usually smaller with a more balanced ratio of cheese, meats, and vegetables, resulting in fewer calories per serving.

00;”>Then organize a fun gathering and invite your friends to make their own calzones.

Overview & Nutritional Information for Ingredients

00;”>That estimate does not include other pizza-type foods like calzone and stromboli even though each of these foods is made with essentially the same ingredients.

Pizza Dough Recipe and Nutrition

00;”>Try this basic recipe for pizza dough. Then once you have the hang of it, try adding other seasonings to the dough like garlic powder, oregano, and basil.


  • 00;”>1 teaspoon sugar
  • 00;”>2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 00;”>2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons


  1. 00;”>Mix in the salt.
  2. 00;”>You can add additional flour if the dough is too sticky or additional water by the teaspoon is the dough is too dry.
  3. 00;”>Grease a large bowl with the 2 teaspoons of olive oil and place your dough in the bowl. 
  4. 00;”>Turn out the dough onto a floured board and separate into 2 equal pieces.
  5. 00;”>If you want a calzone, you will roll out 7” circles. If you are making stromboli, you will roll out the dough into a large rectangle.

    The Busy Mom Dough

    00;”>Just spread it out, lay a plate on it, and cut out circles for calzones. For stromboli, just make it a big rectangle like a pizza then roll it like a burrito.

    Pizza Dough Nutrition (One Serving, 3 ounces)

    This information is approximate. The exact nutritional information will vary based on the recipe you use, the size of your calzone or slice of stromboli, or the brand of storebought sought. 

    •  218 Calories
    • 3.9 g fat
    • 306 mg sodium
    • 60 mg potassium
    • 39 g carbohydrates
    • 5.4 g protein
    • 12.6 % DV iron
    • .7 % DV Calcium

    Sauce Recipe and Nutrition

    00;”>You can purchase a pre-made pizza sauce or make a homemade version. 

    Pizza Sauce Nutrition (1/3 cup)

    This information is approximate. The exact values will vary based on brands, volume, or ingredients that you include in homemade sauces.

    • 34 calories
    • .7 grams
    • 219 mg sodium
    • 223 mg potassium
    • 5.5 g carbohydrates
    • 1.4 g  protein
    • 8.4 vitamin A
    • 12% DV vitamin C
    • 2.6% DV calcium
    • 3.1% DV iron


    • 00;”>Minced garlic 1 clove
    • 00;”>1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
    • 00;”>¾ teaspoon salt
    • 00;”>1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • Instructions
      1. 00;”>Add all of the other ingredients and give it a stir to combine.
      2. Ricotta Cheese in Calzone

        Ricotta Cheese Nutritional Information (3 tablespoons)

        • 64 Calories
        • 3.7 g fat
        • 14 mg cholesterol
        • 46 mg sodium
        • 58 mg potassium
        • 2.4 g carbohydrates
        • 5.3 g protein
        • 3.6% DV vitamin A
        • 9.7% DV calcium
        • 1.1 % DV iron

        Mozzarella Cheese in Stromboli


        Mozzarella Cheese Nutritional Information (2 ounces)

        • 170 calories
        • 12.6 g fat
        • 44 mg cholesterol
        • 356 mg sodium
        • 44 mg potassium
        • 1.2 g carbohydrates
        • 12.6 potassium
        • 7.6% DV vitamin A
        • 22% DV calcium
        • 1.4% DV iron

        Meat and Vegetable Fillings


        Calzones are made to be portable and eaten by hand, so chop the toppings into smaller pieces. Stromboli toppings are usually more like deli sandwich toppings.  

00;”>Cook the ground beef or Italian sausage before adding it to the dough. It is also a good idea to heat the pepperoni in a skillet or on paper towels in the microwave to drain some of the grease off before adding it to your dish.

Here is the nutritional information for 3 popular meat toppings.

00;”>Ground beef 00;”>Salami
00;”>9.8 g00;”>13 g
00;”>52 mg00;”>646 mg
00;”>215 mg00;”>107 mg
00;”>0 g00;”>1.1 g
00;”>0 g00;”>0
00;”>15 g00;”>7.1
00;”>.1% DV00;”>0%
00;”>8.8% DV00;”>6.9%
00;”>1.2% DV00;”>.3%

00;”>Wilt some spinach in the skillet so that it is already cooked a bit before you add it to the dough.

00;”>.1 g00;”>.05 g
00;”>1.2 mg00;”>.8 mg
00;”>73 mg00;”>47 mg
00;”>.8 g00;”>2.9 mg
00;”>.2 g00;”>.4 g
00;”>.7g00;”>.4 g
00;”>.8% DV00;”>2.5% DV
00;”>.6% DV00;”>.4% DV
00;”>.1% DV00;”>.5% DV

Calzone vs. Stromboli vs. Pizza

Pizza is the basic American food in this grouping. It is a flat piece of dough, round or rectangular that is coated with sauce, cheese, meat, and/or vegetables and baked like a pie.

The dough may be thin and crisp, soft and foldable, or deep dish. However you like the crust, an open-top dough is a pizza.

Calzone and stromboli are made with similar ingredients, potentially exactly the same ingredients, but are shaped differently.

It’s kind of like a  nachos vs. tacos vs. burritos debate. It is all about presentation.

00;”>What exactly is a Calzone anyway? A calzone is a pizza topping-filled hand pie. You start with a circle of dough, place fillings on one half, fold it over, seal, and bake it. 


00;”>One calzone is intended to be a single serving for one person. The dough for a calzone is usually a little thicker and chewier to help keep all the delicious fillings in place.

00;”>They may have any kind of meat or vegetable fillings, but they typically do not have sauce inside them. Instead, the sauce is served on the side for dipping the calzone in.

Calzone vs. Panzerotti

00;”>If so you may question what the difference is between a panzerotti and a calzone because they look the same.

00;”>Although stromboli has many of the same ingredients as a calzone, they are distinctly different in a few areas.

00;”>There are two rumors floating around about where the name stromboli comes from. Some say that this pizza-sandwich-roll is named after the 1950 movie, Stromboli, or the off-screen love affair between the lead actors.

00;”>A stromboli uses a whole pizza crust to make, so it serves 4-6 people depending on how hungry they are.

00;”>Stromboli are made with mozzarella and perhaps parmesan rather than ricotta.

Stromboli vs Pizza Roll

A pizza roll that you get from the frozen food section of the grocery store and a rolled stromboli are two completely different things.

Pizza Roles

A stromboli essentially starts as a large rectangular pizza that is rolled on the long side like a burrito or a jelly roll.

A pizza roll from the frozen food section is a little 1 inch pocket of dough with tiny chopped pieces of fillings and sauce that you can heat up in your oven or microwave for a quick snack. 



00;”>4-600;”>Starting Dough Shape00;”>Medium – Small Circle
00;”>Spiral Slice00;”>Cheese00;”>Ricotta
00;”>Baked into the Roll00;”>Invented in00;”>Make your pizza dough and let it rise.
  • 00;”>Gather your ingredients: chop veggies, cook ground beef or sausage if needed, sautee onions and peppers if needed.
  • 00;”>Roll out the dough — 2 options
    1. 00;”>Pull off a golf ball amount of dough and roll it into a 6”-7” circle or lay it between sheets of parchment paper and flatten it in a tortilla press.
  • 00;”>Place your choice of fillings on one half of the dough, leaving ½ “ of dough around the edge. 
  • 00;”>Stretch the empty half of the dough over the filled half and use a fork to crimp the edges shut. 
  • 00;”>Poke a hole in the calzone for steam to escape.
  • 00;”>Let each person make their own filling. Then to identify which one is which, put a piece of the filling on the top of the calzone after your seal it. For example, put a slice of pepperoni on one and a mushroom slice on another. 
  • 00;”>Make breadsticks or garlic butter bites with leftover pizza dough.
  • 00;”>Prepare the pizza dough and let it rise.
  • 00;”>Prepare the fillings: Brown ground beef, heat pepperoni or salami to reduce the grease, sautee vegetables as desired.
  • 00;”>Roll out the pizza dough into a large rectangle the size of a baking sheet or jelly roll pan.
  • 00;”>Add your toppings. You can make a half-and-half recipe if people don’t agree on fillings. 
  • 00;”>Gently fold over the long side closest to you and roll away from you. 
  • 00;”>Turn the whole roll so that the seam is on the bottom on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  • 00;”>Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • 00;”>Slice with a serrated knife.
  • 00;”>If you are looking for a way to change up your pizza night, try making calzone or stromboli.

    00;”>Calzone also is convenient for lunch at school or work the next day since it is designed to be portable.

    00;”>Stromboli are essentially spiral rolled pizzas that are made to be sliced and shared with others.

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