Square pieces of Italian Homemade pizza stacked on a dish.

Best Homemade Pizza

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! 
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Best Homemade Pizza, Italian pizza recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 117kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 ball of pizza dough I use this recipe.
  • 1 cup pizza sauce recipe I use this recipe.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil separated
  • 4 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese or Pecorino Romano Cheese separated
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese Optional


  • 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. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 224mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9.5% | Vitamin C: 5.2% | Calcium: 17.9% | Iron: 4.2%