How to Make Better-Than-Restaurant-Quality pizza at Home

Everyone loves pizza.  It's cheesy, crunchy, chewy, just delicious.  Everyone has their favorite kind of pizza, and will often vigorously defend their favorite kind of pizza.  But many people don't know you can make pizza better than your favorite pizza, right at home.  You might think, how could I make a pizza better than a restaurant that makes pizza day in and day out?  You may only cook on the weekends, or once in awhile, or hardly at all.  Whatever your cook skill level may be, you too can make better pizza at home than a restaurant

Lets Get Started

To make a pizza, at the minimum, you'll need:

  • Stove
  • Large Bowl & Wooden Spoon (or a stand mixer)
  • Bread dough ingredients (listed below)
  • An idea of what you want on the pizza

Once you have these basics, you're ready to begin.

Making the pizza dough

Every good pizza starts with dough.  It's the base of the pizza, and it's what holds the ingredients and where stuff sits before it gets in your mouth.  There are many recipes for making pizza dough.  Serious Eats has a good rundown of pizza doughs and recipes, and there are some good Youtube videos as well.  I personally got into making pizza at home after reading Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  With the master recipe in this book, you mix your dough ingredients, let them sit overnight (up to 2 weeks), and when you're ready, pull out a chunk of dough when you're ready to use it.  They have a video here of their method.

Prep Your Toppings

One of the secrets of making delicious homemade pizza is that less is more.