This family recipe for the Best Homemade Pizza demonstrates how to make a great pizza at home using quality ingredients. If you like a pizza with a crispy bottom and the perfect chew, this Pizza di Mamma is for you!
4tablespoonsParmigiano-Reggiano Cheese or Pecorino Romano Cheeseseparated
1cupfreshly grated mozzarella cheeseOptional
Preheat your oven to 425 °F (220 °) and place the oven grate in the bottom third of the oven. The oven needs to preheat for at least one hour so plan accordingly.
Make the pizza dough the same day you are planning to bake your pizza. Allow the pizza dough to proof for 3-4 hours or until it triples in size
Gently bring the dough together and form a ball. Transfer the ball of pizza dough on a rectangular pan sheet (10 x 15 inches or 25 x 38 cm) that has been lightly greased with butter or olive oil.
Apply a thin layer of olive oil over the top of the ball of dough and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. This will make the dough easier to stretch.
Prepare a small bowl with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Dip your fingertips and begin to push and gently stretch the dough to cover the entire pan. At the end of this process, there should be a thin layer of oil over the surface of the pizza. Cover lightly with plastic film. This will prevent the pizza dough from drying out.
Allow the dough to rise a second time in the pan for about 30 minutes or until visibly doubled in size.
Use a pastry brush to spread pizza sauce over the top of the pizza dough. Add 2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
Bake the pizza for about 20-25 minutes or until the crust is beginning to darken.
Optional: Remove pizza from the oven, top with 1 cup grated mozzarella and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes until mozzarella is melted and slightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow pizza to set before slicing.
Cook time includes proofing time.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.