Delicious Homemade Pizza: 9 Recipes

Top chefs share their favorite “pie” recipes and a dash of inspiration.


| June/July 2008


A slice of heaven, a slice of life, the ultimate comfort food. Call it what you will, pizza is loved by everyone … and why not? It’s the perfect food: baked dough, tomatoes (usually), cheese and herbs. Starting with these basics, anyone can become a pizzaiolo for a day, adding ingredients to suit her or his fancy, or to feature whatever is best in the garden or market.

To help fire up your pizza-making creativity, we’ve gathered recipes from five of America’s top chefs—authors, restaurateurs and television hosts. Pizza makers often debate the finer points of their art—such as whether to make a deep dish or thin-crust pie; whether to use baking stones or pans; or whether to bake in a wood-fired or coal-heated oven. But all agree on this: The key to making great pizza is to use the freshest ingredients you can find.

Pizza Recipes:

• Mario Batali's Pizza Margherita 
• Ina Garten's Pissaladière Provençal 
• Ellie Krieger's Arugula, Carmelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza 
• Deborah Madison's White Pizza with Sage 
• Tyler Florence's Grilled Pizza with Mozzarella di Bufala and Sausage 

Pizza Dough Recipes:  

• Mario Batali's Pizza Dough 
• Ina Garten's Pissaladiére Dough 
• Deborah Madison's Pizza Dough 
• Tyler Florence's Pizza Dough 





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