Basic Italian Pizza dough: recipe step-by-step

Guys!!!! It’s pizza time!
Is it New York style pizza? Is it Chicago style pizza?

Not at all! It’s real, authentic, healthy and delicious 100% Italian pizza.
With local American ingredients? Why not? Eat Italian with your local ingredients!
I’ll never give up trying to convince my American friends that on our pizza: the least the best. But I’m working on it

Basic Italian Pizza dough recipe step-by-step

Basic Italian Pizza dough recipe step-by-step

True Italian pizza style

You don’t need a spicy and loaded tomato sauce, and you don’t need tons and tons of cheese. A few tablespoons of strained tomatoes sauce, cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese and  your favorite toppings. But I strongly recommend to try with some cherry tomatoes and arugula, to be added on top after the pizza is already cooked, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and drizzle with olive oil.
…. Of course, on a homemade pizza dough!


If you know a good Italian grocery store, look for original made in Italy pizza flour.

My recipe is very basic and once you’ve mastered it I recommend trying it with different kinds of flour according to your taste.

Did you know…

Invented in Naples in honor of the first queen of Italy, Queen Margherita indeed, the Margherita pizza is the triumph of Italian cuisine in the world. The Naples chef made the very first pizza as a thin flat bread topped with only tomato and mozzarella cheese.

Anna Chiara

Special Thanks for some of these images to: Catia, Nicoletta and Alicia.

Basic Italian Pizza dough recipe step-by-step

Basic Italian Pizza dough recipe step-by-step

  • Let it rise at least for two hours, possibly OVERNIGHT.
  • Spread on top ONLY one or two spoons of tomato sauce, and after adding your favorite toppings drizzle with a little olive oil and a little salt.
  • Cook in the oven on a pizza dish covered in parchment paper. In doubt use less toppings to make sure your crust cooks through.
  • For a true “Italian pomodoro”, I suggest Cirio. The same I use during my Italian cooking lessons.


3 large pizzas

700 g flour 00
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Honey or Sugar
2 cups or A/N Warm water
1 tbsp Olive Oil


Activate the yeast with a little lukewarm water and sugar/honey.
Mix the ingredients in a bowl to form a ball.
Cover you bowl with a towel or loose plastic wrap.

Let it rise at least for two hours. After rising mix again and form some little balls. Preheat oven 190C degrees
Work your dough with hands and a roller to form pizza crust. Working on a wooden board is best.

Cook it on a pizza dish or stone tray at 180-190C degrees (depending on our oven) for about 10-15 minutes.

You can also try to cook your pizza on the stove, in a non stick pan or dutch oven. In this case let the pan heat first, spray with olive oil and then pour your dough in, press with a spoon or with your fingers being careful not to get burned.

After a couple of minutes cooking covered, turn your crust, add the toppings and finish cooking.


Basic Italian Pizza dough recipe step-by-stepBasic Italian Pizza dough recipe step-by-step



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