To make great pizza there are a couple of rules I think are essential.
First, your oven needs to be hot, hot hot. You need to have your oven get as hot as possible. If possible you need to have your oven at least 500 + degrees F. (260 C). The hotter the better! This ensures your pizza will cook quickly and completely. Pre-heating your oven for at least an hour, is essential.
Next, when you make pizza, my mantra has always been, “less is more”. Remember this! My friend, Mark Bello, from Pizza A Casa, restated this very nicely when I joined him and his students for a wonderful pizza class. You do not need to put lots of toppings on your pizza. When making pizza a little goes a long way. For many things in life more is better, but when making pizza you need to show a little restraint. If you want memorable pizza, you need to take this mantra to heart.
Finally, you need a great surface to cook your pizza. You can certainly make acceptable pizza in your oven in a pizza pan. As a matter of fact I used a cookie sheet for several years with acceptable results. If you are lucky enough to have a wood fired pizza oven in your kitchen, you are fortunate. If not, you need something else to cook your pizza on.
For years, I have used a pizza stone with great results. I have always sung the praises of using pizza stones to make great pizza. After all a pizza stone allows you to be able to mimic the high heat contained in a wood fired oven. I felt there was nothing you could use to make pizza except a pizza stone. After all, the stone is like making pizza in a brick fired oven.
I’ve felt there was nothing better than a pizza stone…Until now. When pizza professionals such as, Tony Gemignani, (The Pizza Bible), John Arena (Metro Pizza) and Master pizza maker Jon F. sing the praises of Baking Steel, you need to listen. Of course, Mark Bello, had all of his pizza classes use, Baking Steel as well.
The Baking steel will cook your pizza quickly, completely and totally.
And The Baking Steel is virtually indestructible.
If you are serious about making great pizza, consider a baking steel!
Why you need to check out a baking steel!
1) It cooks your pizza faster!
2) Your pizza is cooked completely with a nice toasted crust.
3) It is indestructible,