How to Make Pizza: Lessons

Learn how to make traditional Italian pizza from scratch. We’ll uncover its crispy secrets and guide your pizza from whisks and bowls to the oven. We’ll show you how to make pizza dough and pizza sauce — that’s probably the hardest part — and then you’ll have fun rolling, topping and cooking your pizza! Margherita, Four Seasons, Four Cheeses, Hawaiian pizza, Pepperoni — you have over 20 classic Italian pizza recipes to choose from. Do you need to follow them precisely? The answer is «no!» because the most wonderful thing about homemade pizza is that your toppings are always up to you. So forget the delivery numbers and enjoy making a pizza with your own hands!
Pizza with salami and courgettes

Pizza with salami and courgettes

Pizza with salami and courgettes

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Pizza Capricciosa (Сapricious Pizza)

Pizza Capricciosa (Сapricious Pizza)

Cappriciosa is probably the richest Italian pizza, and every pizzaiolo makes it differently. The basic ingredients are usually the same — ham, mushrooms, artichokes and black olives — and all the rest is up to you.

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Pizza Bianca (White Pizza)

Pizza Bianca (White Pizza)

This light and easy-to-make pizza is more of a bread than a pizza, as it has only one topping — cheese. In fact, in some parts of Italy, pizza bianca is topped only with rosemary, olive oil and coarse salt. But we strongly believe that without the mild flavor of ricotta cheese this pizza will lose half its charm.

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Tonno e Cipolle (Tuna and Onion)

Tonno e Cipolle (Tuna and Onion)

Some of your friends like seafood pizza and some don’t? This inexpensive and light pizza can make a good compromise: most fish haters have nothing against canned tuna. In combination with onion, mozzarella and tomato sauce, it creates one of the most popular pizzas in Italy.

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Focaccia

Focaccia

Focaccia is Italian bread, usually made of pizza dough and flavored with some herbs and vegetables. You can serve it with your favorite salads or meat dishes, or just eat it on its own with some sauces or dips. And in a situation when you have some pizza dough left over but have almost run out of toppings, focaccia is a good way out!

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Hawaiian Pizza

Hawaiian Pizza

The Hawaiian pizza gained its popularity by the unique sweet and sour flavor of pineapple, which goes well with ham and onion. To add a piquant note, we suggest making a special sauce with garlic. Don’t get scared off with the long list of ingredients — this pizza is worth the effort!

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Pizza alla Diavola (Pepperoni)

Pizza alla Diavola (Pepperoni)

«Pizza alla Diavola», or devil’s pizza, is the Italian name for the popular Pepperoni pizza — maybe because originally this pizza was really-really hot. The spicy Italian salami called ‘pepperoni’, accompanied by tomato sauce and mozzarella, is what gives this pizza its strong, piquant flavor.

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Margherita

Margherita

A classic combination of basil, mozzarella and tomato sauce resembles the colors of the Italian flag. This pizza was served to Queen Margherita of Italy during her visit to Naples, and that’s how the pizza got its beautiful name. The Margherita may have too few toppings for some, but others enjoy this light pizza with its mild, unadorned flavor.

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Quattro Stagione (Four Seasons)

Quattro Stagione (Four Seasons)

Each topping of this traditional pizza symbolizes the season in which it used to be harvested in Italy. Artichokes are one of the earliest spring vegetables, green olives are picked in summer, autumn is mushroom time and the finest ham matures in winter. Today these products are available in stores year-round, and you can have all four seasons on your table on one yummy pizza.

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Prosciutto e Rucola (Ham and Arugula)

Prosciutto e Rucola (Ham and Arugula)

If you like to have a lot of meat on your pizza, try out this recipe. No cheese — just ham, bacon and tomatoes. And don’t forget that in Italian pizza meat usually goes with fresh arugula.

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Pizza with Olives

Pizza with Olives

A light and spicy pizza with pecorino romano and black olives. An extraordinary sauce with dried thyme, fresh basil and garlic enriches the flavor of the pizza without adding excessive calories.

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Pizza with Smoked Salmon

Pizza with Smoked Salmon

A delicate-tasting pizza with smoked salmon, tomatoes and mozzarella. Garnish it with fresh arugula and slices of parmesan to enrich the flavor.

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Prosciutto e Funghi (Ham and Mushrooms)

Prosciutto e Funghi (Ham and Mushrooms)

The traditional combination of ham and crimini mushrooms creates a very filling pizza with a rich and strong flavor.

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Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheeses)

Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheeses)

This pizza is the choice of a true cheese lover, who believes that a blend of cheeses — soft and hard, mild and strong-tasting — is the best topping for a pizza. Our four cheeses are gorgonzola, mozzarella, parmesan and pecorino romano, but you can make any combination you like.

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Mare e Monti (Sea and Mountains)

Mare e Monti (Sea and Mountains)

The picturesque scenery of the Italian eastern coast, the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine Mountains — apparently, this is what the pizza with such a romantic name was inspired by. Shrimp and mushrooms on a bed of mozzarella and sauce. Add some squid to enhance the sea part or some fresh crimini mushrooms for the mountain part.

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Parmigiana

Parmigiana

This recipe is a good choice for those who value the noble, intense flavor of parmesan on their pizza. A traditional combination of ground meat and eggplants, topped with a layer of parmesan, creates a delicious and very filling pizza.

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Pizza with Anchovies

Pizza with Anchovies

Anchovies are not really popular as a pizza topping because of their intense fishy flavor. But some people enjoy this special flavor. If you are among them check out this traditional pizza recipe with anchovies, tomatoes and mozzarella, invented by Neapolitan mariners.

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 Pizza with salami

Pizza with salami

A traditional pizza with salami sausage and lots of cheese, mozzarella and parmesan. We suggest using chopped tomatoes instead of sauce to bring in some sourness.

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Vegetariana

Vegetariana

A light pizza for those who prefer vegetables over meat. Zucchinis, eggplants, bell peppers, mushrooms — what else would you like to have on your veggie pizza?

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Pizza with Salmon and Cream Cheese

Pizza with Salmon and Cream Cheese

This pizza is sometimes called the ‘Philadelphia’ — after the name of the popular sushi roll that turned the combination of salmon and cream cheese into a beloved classic.

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Calzone

Calzone

Try making something unusual instead of an ordinary pizza! The calzone, or so-called «folded» pizza, is a kind of pie, filled with traditional pizza toppings: sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms and ham. The filling stays soft and juicy and the dough turns golden and crispy.

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Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

We are offering you the simplest recipe for an uncooked pizza sauce, which is the basis for most types of tomato-based pizza sauces. When you need a special sauce for a pizza, just add some more ingredients to those listed in this recipe.

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Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Many people prefer to buy ready-made dough because preparing the dough is thought to be the most long and complicated part of making pizza. This recipe is going to prove to you the opposite: making pizza dough can be really quick and simple!

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