How to Throw a Pizza Party

White pizza with egg

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.

Related: Everything you need to know about making artisan pizza

“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.

Our First Pizza in Rome | A Couple Cooks

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!

Pizza Dough | A Couple Cooks

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)

Pizza Peel
Pizza peel (conveyor)

Pizza Peel Conveyor
Pizza stone

stone

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.

Perfect Neapolitan pizza

White pizza with pecorino, scallions and egg

White Pizza with Pecorino, Scallions & Egg | A Couple Cooks

Spicy vegetarian diavola pizza

Spicy Vegetarian Diavola Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Pesto & tomatoes

Pesto & Roma Tomato Pizza | A Couple Cooks

So Cal pizza

So Cal Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Mexican pizza

Mexican Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Greek pizza

Greek Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Kale & pistachio

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Thai curry

Thai Curry Naan Pizza | A Couple Cooks

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

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.

Alex Overhiser

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.

4 Comments

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    Mikkel Magnuson
    December 28, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Hi ! Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes and the enthusiasm you have shown through out the year through your blogs. I apprecitate your hardwork and patience . I am going to try this recipe surely this week. Happy new Year to you in advance.

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    Eva R.
    January 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    We rarely repeat recipes, but your Greek pizza makes an appearance on our table more than a few times a month! Thanks for the lovely pizza inspiration!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 31, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      So fun! The Greek pizza is one of our favorites too. Thanks for letting us know!

  • Reply
    Malin Andersson
    March 18, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Actually, I am planning for a pizza party. Therefore, I came across your blog for new recipe and I am going to cook this recipe. 

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