Traditional Neopolitan Pizza
We love eating pizza in our household. And the great thing is you can make an almost perfect authentic Italian pizza in your own home if you have an oven. It may not be quite the same as one that comes out of a wood-fired pizza oven, but you can get quite close.
This pizza dough recipe will show you how to make a Neopolitan pizza dough so you can make pizza just like the ones you get in Italy.
I have another recipe for making your own pizzas, which is quicker than this recipe (but it is not as good 🙂 )
In this recipe, you allow the dough to rest and proof which does actually make the crust a lot better.
Real Italian Pizza
I have eaten pizza in many countries and had some delicious meals in most of them.
But nothing, nothing quite beats the taste and texture of a real Italian Neopolitan style pizza. The modern pizza dish was after all invented in Naples in Italy.
I have eaten pizza in Milan, Florence, Rome, on lake Como, Tuscany, Foppolo, Macugnaga and Courmayeur in Italy. Nothing compares. Believe me.
The secret is getting the crust right, as it should be thin in the middle and thicker at the edges (the cornicione), crispy but not too hard, and light not stodgy inside.
This simple recipe will give you a perfect Neopolitan pizza dough that will be the best possible pizza base for a pizza with a thin crust. Crispy yet flexible to support the pizza topping when you eat the slices by hand.
Try and use a nice strong flour for making the dough. I have used special Cotswold Pizza Flour to make these pizza bases.
One of the tricks to making a perfect Italian pizza is to cook it in a wood-fired oven. We do not have one of these, but there are alternatives you can use at home, and we just use our normal fan assisted oven on its maximum temperature. Some of the modern portable pizza ovens have good reviews but we have not tried them yet.
You may have to keep an eye on the pizza after the ten-minute mark though to check it is not burning.
Authentic Italian Pizza Toppings
There are many different types of pizza toppings. The basic Margherita has tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, giving the colours of the Italian flag, red, white and green. And an authentic Neapolitan pizza has tomatoes from the plains of Mount Vesuvius and buffalo mozzarella from local Italian water buffalo.
But of course, you can add any types of topping to your pizza (well almost) to make whatever you prefer.
This pizza below I made last week has prosciutto, onions and salami as well as anchovies.
This pizza below that I made yesterday had onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, capers, anchovies and pepperoni, in addition to mozzarella and tomato passata. Both of these were really tasty!
I hope you enjoy trying this recipe. It is great fun to do with kids – they all love making up their own pizzas!
Here is a video that my daughter made last time we made our own pizzas. We are still learning how to make videos as you can see! I hope you enjoy it!
How to make a real Italian Pizza
This recipe produces a quicker pizza dough without the waiting time:
And here are some other Italian recipes: