Over hundreds of years, pizza has grown from a lowly peasant Italian food to a worldwide phenomenon. There’s variations of all kinds, from frozen to delivery to deep dish. But our favorite is the Italian-style: a thin, supple crust seared in a blazing hot oven, topped with simple, quality ingredients like peppery garden basil, sweet, juicy tomatoes, Pecorino cheese, and gooey fresh mozzarella.
Pizza is endlessly versatile; nearly anything you can find in your pantry or farmer’s market can transform into a topping. Pizza Friday is one of our favorite ways to end the week, just the two of us or with friends, as we contend for the most creative and satisfying flavor combinations. Our love for the Italian pizza was solidified on our honeymoon in Rome (which we revisited 7 years later). Since then, we’ve been working to perfect the art and science of pizza making at home. To help you with your own pizza party, we’ve got a full list of resources below.
“All About Pizza” Podcast
Before you start, check out our pizza-themed podcast, where we share our story discovering pizza in Italy and tips for making it at home, including a pizza wedding anniversary disaster. Plus we talk to premiere pizza restaurateur Caleb Schiff of Pizzicletta on how to take homemade pizza to the next level.
The pizza that started it all in Rome, 2007
How to Make Pizza Dough
The key to a great pizza is first in the dough. Dough making takes a bit of time to perfect, but practice makes perfect! Since the texture and feel of the dough is so important, Alex created a video a few years ago that shows the optimal texture. We’ve also included our two tried-and-true methods for dough-making, one with a food processor and one with a stand mixer. (Note: If you’re gluten-free, check out our friend Zoe’s book Gluten-free artisan bread in 5 minutes a day, which contains a gluten-free pizza dough recipe.)
Here are all our secrets to the perfect pizza dough!
- VIDEO: Homemade pizza dough
- Pizza dough recipe | stand mixer method
- Pizza dough recipe | food processor method
- How to make a sourdough starter (listen to podcast for more)
Essential Pizza Tools
The two essential tools for great pizza at home are a pizza stone, which makes for the perfect crisp crust, and a pizza peel to slide the pizza onto and off of the stone. Below are a few of our favorites:
Pizza peel (standard)
Our Favorite Pizza Recipes
With literally thousands of pizza topping combinations, it’s safe to count on pizza-making as a life-long hobby. Here are a few of our favorite topping recipes we’ve posted on A Couple Cooks.
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.