Pizza Perfection: Everything You Need Know

Everybody loves pizza. And everybody has an opinion on what's best, what's authentic, and what is the one and only pizza dough recipe you will ever need. The truth? There are many styles of pizza out there, and they're ALL good. Pizza is essentially flat bread with stuff on top. From there, the sky's the limit. Sometimes it has a thin crust. Sometimes it's thick. Sometimes it has tomato sauce. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes other sauces like pesto are spread on the dough instead of tomato sauce. Pizza usually includes cheese, but one of the earliest pizzas--marinara--has no cheese. Sometimes pizza is round. Sometimes it's square or rectangular, like Roman style pizza al taglio (by the cut). Sometimes pizza is baked right on a hot baking stone. Other times it's baked in a pan or on a grill grate. There are no hard and fast rules.

We celebrate ALL of kinds of pizza, whether it's baked in a wood-fired pizza oven, a home oven, in a cast-iron pan under a broiler, or on a grill. The one constant among all pizzas is that it's best when made by hand rather than by machine. The difference between frozen pizza and homemade pizza is what YOU put into it. Yes, shaping dough takes a little practice. And it helps to have some tools like a bench knife and pizza peel. But making pizza is not hard. Will your first pie be perfect? Probably not, but it will probably still taste good! From there, every pizza you make will get better and better. Check out the articles and recipes below to learn everything you need to know to reach pizza perfection.      

"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."

Yogi Berra
grilled pizza
Grilled pizza is closer to brick oven pizza like you get in Italy or France than anything you can do indoors. A great pizza is incredibly easy to make from scratch at home, even the dough, and once you try it you'll never want delivery pizza again. Here are the secrets to making and grilling a perfect pizza at home. read more
Mystic Pizza
Recipes for the world's most important types of pizza, Neapolitan, Roman, New York, Chicago, White Clam, Focaccia, Calzone, Provencal, and more. read more
pizza
Here are the tools necessary for making great pizza at home. read more
Inside a pizza oven
For the best Italian style pizzas or rustic breads, nothing beats a wood-burning oven/forno. Built for use indoor or out, built-in or portable for caterers. read more
Grilled Margherita Pizza
Perfectly crisp and full of deep smoky flavor, grilled Margherita pizza comes closer to brick oven pizza like you get in Italy or France than anything you can do indoors. Unlike many pizzas that go overboard with toppings, grilled pizza Margherita is a simple, yet elegant, blend of dough, cheese, tomatoes, and basil. read more
Margherita Pizza
Create delicious Neapolitan style pizza on the grill thanks to this no knead pizza dough recipe. True authentic Neapolitan pizzas have a tender, pillowy bottom with big blistery bubbles in it after cooking very quickly over extremely high heat. When cut, it is pliable and bends easily under the weight of toppings. read more
grilled pizza
Great grilled pizza begins with a great pizza dough such as this simple-to-follow recipe for no knead Roman-style pizza dough. It can be used for thin crust or thick crust, and even for focaccia. When followed precisely, the recipe's end result is a crispy, smoky grilled pizza similar to that from a brick oven. read more
Chef Marc Vetri shaping Naples style pizza dough
Renowned Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri shares his recipe for Naples style pizza dough from his book, Mastering Pizza. It's the perfect dough for making grilled Neapolitan pizza in a kamado. read more
tomatoes oil and salt in bowl to make pizza sauce
The best pizza sauce is also the easiest. Tomatoes, olive oil, basil and salt. What more do you need? You can blend up this sauce right in a tall 1-quart container. Then use it make the pizza of your dreams. Or refrigerate it for a few days. read more
kamado grilled sausage pizza
A grill makes a crisp pizza, and kamado style grills offer distinct advantages. Here's how to make sausage pizza on a Big Green Egg or other kamado, including techniques and recipes for grilled pizza from renowned Italian chef, Marc Vetri. read more

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