Tips to making your own Neapolitan pizza dough at home

Make tasty pizza dough right in your own kitchen!

Ever wanted to make pizza dough at home? Then you need to hear these tips before you start!

Ozzie Fernandez, founder of Rocca Pizzeria in Baton Rouge, Louisiana gave us a few valuable tips if you want to make delicious pizza crust at home. His restaurant is known for their Neapolitan pizza.

So, what does that mean?

The crust for Neapolitan pizza consists of wheat flour, natural Neapolitan yeast or brewer’s yeast, salt, and water. Pizza pros say the dough has to be kneaded by hand or with a low-speed mixer. After the dough rises, the dough must be formed by hand without the help of a rolling pin or another machine.

Here’s a recipe for a basic Neapolitan crust.

Here are the things Fernandez said you need to consider:

  1. Monitor your hydration levels.
  2. Find your starter
  3. Be patient: determine if you want cold or room temperature fermentation.

Neapolitan Pizza is traditionally baked in a wood-fired oven. Don’t let that scare you off, though. The recipe we linked to promises to get you pretty close to a true Neapolitan style pizza without the wood-fired oven.

If you’re really trying to stay true to the Neapolitan style, you’ll just need a simple tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.

Another variation of the traditional Neapolitan style would be pizza marinara which is made with tomato, garlic, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil.

However, if you have meat lovers at the table, you can definitely add toppings like Italian sausage or pepperoni.

If you have a baking stone, now’s the time to break it out! It will surely help up your pizza game.

Check out all the good eats Rocca has been cooking up by clicking here.

And, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can try throwing your pie on the grill!

How to Do Pizza on the Grill