Pizza is a dish enjoyed by people the world over. Chefs and enthusiasts alike share a love for pizza and its endless possibilities, from elegant appetizer to hearty one-dish meal. Few know how simple it is to create delicious handcrafted traditional or contemporary style pizzas at home.
There are a variety of pizza styles including the authentic style Italian favorites Neapolitan and Sicilian, New York and Chicago, and the newer California and Gourmet styles. These pizzas feature a variety of crust styles including thin crust, thick crust, deep-dish, and stuffed. They may be topped with a sweet sauce, a tangy sauce, a white sauce, or pesto. One or two toppings, or a dozen may follow before being baked in a hot oven or tossed on the grill.
Pizza is a favorite year round and all through the day. Enjoy a delicious breakfast pizza, an appetizer pizza, or finish your favorite meal with a dessert pizza. Whatever your style, or when you are looking for a new family favorite, we’ve got fantastic recipes and instruction for you.
Using the recipes from CulinaryArtsNetwork.com enables anyone to make the best possible pizza in their own home.
Pizza Recipe Collections:
Pizza Dough recipes are available for the home chef to create the complete spectrum of favorite pizzeria style pizzas. Pizza enthusiasts can create thin crusts for styles such as Neapolitan, New York, and New Haven. Thick, thin, deep-dish or stuffed, each pizza style has its own subtle characteristics, requiring the right dough recipe, proven techniques and perhaps some specialized equipment to produce a product similar in quality to your favorite neighborhood pizzeria.
To master pizza making at home, pizza dough is where your initial focus will be. Having the right recipes to create different thicknesses, flavors, and textures that matches your equipment, is the key to creating great pizza at home.
- Bread Machine
- Deep Dish
- Quick Rise
- Stuffed Crust
- Thin Crust
- Whole Wheat
Pizza sauce is one of the most important components to a pizza. There are so many choices available. Whether it is a traditional tomato sauce or a sauce made with olive oil, pizza is nothing without a good sauce.
The most commonly used pizza sauce has a tomato base. Some sauces are very simple, even as simple as a can of plain tomato paste spread on a crust. Other tomato sauces have a strong garlic flavor. Tomato sauce can also be enhanced with different herbs. Basil or oregano makes a terrific pizza sauce, along with parsley and garlic. Simple sauces can be a mixture of canned products, while more complicated sauces can be prepared with fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, and pressed garlic. Tomato sauce is delicious and only limited by the imagination.
Flavored oils make a fantastic sauce for pizza crust. Simply place olive oil in a small sauce pan and let it cook with whatever herbs that is available. Garlic oil is a very popular choice as a pizza base. Basil oil with oregano lends a very Italian flavor to pizza.
- No Cook Tomato Pizza Sauce
- Tomato Pizza Sauce
- Specialty Pizza Sauces
The original pizza was developed in Italy hundreds of years ago. Simple in style, delicious in flavor and texture, the culinary world seeks to emulate these original pizza styles.
Neapolitan Pizza is thin crust pizza topped with crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. If you are a pizzeria, you can be certified by the V.P.N, or Verace Pizza Napoletana as a true Neapolitan pizza maker. There are several qualifications a pizzeria must meet, and the variations beyond the original pizza toppings are limited to marinara, Margherita, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and prosciutto di Parma.
Italy offers a wide variety of pizza styles with Neapolitan and Sicilian being among the most popular. See our Italian pizza section for a deeper look into Italy’s pizza culture with recipes for making amazing authentic Italian pizza.
Additionally, Italy has given us many dishes such as calzone, stromboli, foccacia, and bruschetta to name just a few that we endeavor to uncover and represent here for culinary enjoyment.
Neapolitan style thin crust pizza is a style that many will want to emulate at home, as it is the style we’ve grown to love at our favorite pizza parlors. The pizza features a slightly puffy crust edge that gradually becomes thinner until its paper thin in the center of the pie. While thin crust pizza dough can be made in minutes, some recipes require several hours to overnight for the dough to rise. Some dough recipes may make use of a “sponge”, a mixture of warm water, yeast, and flour that requires half a day to overnight to ferment. The sponge adds a tangy flavor and richness to the crust.
Sicilian Pizza is thick pizza, rectangular in shape and almost always baked in a pan. Traditional versions of this pizza style do not include cheese, while another version uses cheese, but cheese with a much stronger flavor than mozzarella. Most Sicilian style pizzas are topped with a thin coating of tomato sauce or garlic anchovy paste, herbs and seasonings. Sicilian inspired pizzas combine the luxuriously thick bread like dough with toppings representing Italian cuisine and the beautiful island of Sicily.
Pizza in the U.S.A.
Many cities and states in the U.S. have pizza styles and cultures that are distinctly their own. New York, New Haven, and Chicago have long standing pizza traditions, while California has come on late with a unique take on pizza.
New York Pizza is notable for its hand tossed, thin crust prepared from “00’ pizza flour. New York’s original pizzerias bake paper thin pizzas in hot brick ovens that create a crust with smoky flavor, and puffy edges. The high gluten “00” flour creates a magnificent crust. These pies are often topped with fresh mozzarella and Italian sausage.
New Haven Pizza has a thin, brittle crust prepared from slightly coarser flour than the New York pizza “00” flour. Pizzas are cooked in hot ovens until the crust has a slight char along the edge and a hard, chewy texture.
Chicago Pizza is synonymous with deep-dish pizza. Pizzeria Uno created the original American deep-dish pizza in the early 1940’s. Chicago deep-dish pizza is a hearty pizza baked in special high-walled pizza pan. Featuring a thick, biscuit like crust that is usually topped with an assortment of toppings, often including mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and Italian sausage seasoned with fennel. The pizza resembles a pie more than flatbread, and borders on being considered a casserole. Chicago deep-dish pizza is typically eaten with a knife and fork. There are other varieties of pizza such as stuffed pizza that originated in the Chicago area, and have a large following of fans.
California Pizza can also be categorized as gourmet pizza. A California pizza is topped with any variety of toppings that a culinary artist can conceive. California pizza typically has a thin crust with a fine, slightly chewy texture. Barbeque chicken and garlic chicken pizzas are popular recipes for California pizza, a style limited only by imagination.
Detroit-style pizza is reminiscent of Sicilian pizza. Baked in squares, a Sicilian style thick, crispy-outside, chewy-inside crust is topped first with meats and vegetables, then a layer of cheese that extends to the crust edge, and finally a healthy dose of tomato pizza sauce. The pizza is baked in a hot oven until the cheese is bubbling and the crust edge is crispy. This style of pizza is growing quickly in popularity.
Here are pizza recipe collections for cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, sausage pizza, Greek pizza, and Hawaiian pizza. Within each collection you will find traditional pizza combinations, as well as special pizza recipes for contemporary takes on the classics.
Making pizza on the grill has caught on in recent years. We offer some nice grilled pizza recipes specifically designed for baking over hot coals.
Cheese pizza can be simple shredded dry mozzarella over tomato sauce, or a combination of several favorite or complimentary cheeses including fresh Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Goat , Feta, Provolone, Romano, Ricotta, Pecorino, White Cheddar, Fontina, Asiago, Monterey Jack, and Grana Padano. Cheese pizzas are often additionally topped with fresh or dried herbs, garlic, and olive oil.
Pepperoni, the Italian-American salami is one of the most popular toppings for pizzas in the states. The thinly sliced cured sausage is prepared from a combination of pork and beef. The slightly smoky, slightly spicy pepperoni is readily available in supermarkets. Traditional pepperoni pizzas may include mozzarella cheese, green pepper, onion, and mushroom slices.
There are many delicious types of sausages for use on sausage pizzas. Sweet and spicy varieties of Italian sausage, fennel sausage, pork sausage, and turkey sausage are all very popular pizza toppings. Sausage pairs well with many ingredients including a number of cheeses, sweet onion, and bell pepper.
Hawaiian pizza is not an island invention. The pizza style was introduced in Canada and caught on. Pizza dough is topped with tomato sauce, ham, and Hawaiian pineapple. The pizza style is popular in family style pizza restaurants. Bacon or Canadian bacon is sometimes substituted for the ham in a Hawaiian pizza. Check out our traditional recipes plus our collection of Hawaiian inspired gourmet pizzas.
Greek-style pizza dough resembles focaccia bread, though not quite as thick. The dough is prepared and the placed in pan heavily oiled with olive oil. The dough is topped with tomato based pizza sauce and mozzarella.
Greek inspired pizzas, prepared on the pizza maker’s dough of choice include popular ingredients found in Greek cuisine such as feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onion, eggplant, and zucchini. Artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and sliced cremini mushrooms pair well with these pizza toppings and are excellent additions to Greek inspired pizza.
More popular every day, the grill as a pizza oven is an excellent way to produce delicious pizza. Most grills can easily exceed the temperatures of a conventional oven, and in some cases come very close to the temperatures produced in wood-fired brick ovens. Using the grill at high heat means the dough will react more like it is supposed to when baked.