A few weeks ago, I discovered something awesome on the way home from work. Mozza, that LA pizza mecca, is on my route. And I could pick up a pizza or two from their takeout place - Mozza2Go.
I'm a desert island pizza person, meaning, I pretty much never get sick of pizza. When it comes to other favorite cuisines, I operate in cycles - indulge often, grow tired of them, take a break and re-visit in time. But when it comes to pizza, I could eat it every night of the week. I typically practice enough self-control to override this desire, but luckily for me, I made a special concession this past week while creating this article.
Welcome to Pizza Perfect. I'm a novice pizza maker with one goal: to master the art of the homemade crust. The cheese (fresh mozzarella), the sauce (endless options or super basic), and the toppings (the sky is the limit) are all easy. But the crust I've found to be somewhat elusive.
A great pizza may take more than 20 minutes to make, but if you're using pizza-flavored snacks instead of fresh ingredients, you'll end up with a "Meta-Pizza" that's sure to please any junk food fiend. Health nuts, go away now, because you're not going to like what you're going to see.
Ate at Mozza this weekend—the dough tossing was dexterous, to say the least...
Just stumbled across Mozza's new cookbook, authored by Nancy Silverton, co-owner (along with Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich) of the famous Los Angeles restaurant/pizzera. Silverton is also founder of the La Brea Bakery.
I've never tried Mr. Pizza, which seems to be a Korean pizza chain of some sort? I see there's a location in Koreatown, which gets 3 and a half stars on Yelp. They have bulgogi pizza! That is truly something for Kate to try.
Unfortunately, I'm a little behind schedule on my pizza dough making mission, but I promise - more experiments coming soon! In the meantime, here's a beautiful video about the nuance that goes into bread making, as demonstrated by famed San Francisco baker Chad Robertson of Tartine Bread. Bread and pizza dough go hand-in-hand, and I've been thinking about picking up the Tartine cookbook for some time now. As I mentioned above, the nuance that goes into the process is really pretty remarkable....
Jim Lahey's no-knead pizza dough is more time consuming than Jamie Oliver's "cheat's pizza", but it's quicker and simpler than the more traditional dough recipes. The rise time is only two hours, and the kneading is minimal. I still prefer Jamie's pizza, but I sense this is because I haven't quite mastered Lahey's recipe yet.
In reference to your pizza-making tools article, a truly unnecessary indulgence...yet still amazing!
You can make homemade pizza with a minimum of tools, or you can buy the entire yuppie menagerie (and let's face it—if you're a foodie, you probably want the toys). Below is a brief rundown of the different options available. Since I'm a relative beginner to the process, I've also linked out to a few in-depth reviews.