Recently, I have been craving a simple good quality pizza. My mom is from upstate New York so I spent my childhood eating drippy foldable slices of heaven. My dad is from Ohio and now that we have lived in Columbus for 8 plus years I have learned that Columbus, Ohio pizza is another beast entirely. The pizza here is on a cracker thin crust and is cut into (wait for it…) SQUARES. I don’t want to complain because I truly believe that there is no such thing as a bad pizza but pizza cut into squares just doesn’t make logical sense to me. Some pieces are all crust and some are just gooey middle bits, I just don’t get it? Anyways, I decided if I wanted good pizza, I was going to have to make some.
I wanted to keep the topping pretty simple and I am a big fan of fresh mozzarella so I chose to make pizza Margherita (essentially a simple tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves). I googled the best homemade Margherita pizza recipe and I decided on this recipe. I loved that I had all the ingredients except the tomatoes on hand already.
I made the dough Sunday around lunch time while I was prepping meals for the week and let it rise for 2 hours. Then, I stuck it in the fridge until around 5:30 pm when I took it out to warm up at room temperature while I preheated the oven.
Then I assembled all my ingredients: a simple tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, chopped basil, fresh mozzarella, dough and olive oil (note the mood music which is a must).
I made 1/2 the recipe since there was only two people eating this pizza and the recipe made a nice sized 10-inch pizza.
Topped and ready for the oven…
Note: I HIGHLY recommend rolling out your pizza on parchment paper so you can easily pick up and transfer the unbaked pizza to your pre-heated pizza stone. It is the best pizza making trick I every learned.
Final product (Two seconds before it was demolished)
Was it worth all the work? Definitely. The crust was so light and slightly crispy and the topping to crust ratio was spot on. If you plan ahead like I did and prep your dough early on in the day, this pizza comes together fairly quickly when it comes time to make dinner.
Final Verdict: I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who is craving a simple and delicious pizza. Just don’t ruin it by cutting it into squares 😉