This is one of my weaknesses, when ordering a delivery my preference would always be for pizza as it’s one of my favourite foods, but I have a tendency to overeat when ordering pizza from Domino’s. Partly because the pizza would always have a thick base (I don’t like the other base options) and partly because Domino’s pizzas are either a little bit too small or a little bit too large for me and I would usually go for the option that was a little too large…
On our first trip to Italy (as part of our honeymoon), we discovered a fantastic little restaurant near the hotel we were staying in, that served the most delicious thin based Italian pizzas at a very reasonable price.
In fact it was so good that when we returned to Italy last year with a friend, we booked into the same hotel on the first night just so we could go back to the same restaurant. I think Anto (yes, I do know Anto ;)) was a bit worried that we were a little too fond of this restaurant. Well at least until his Calzone arrived and he became a convert as well. We ate there almost every night we were in Italy, even driving a 100km plus round trip to get there on a few occasions!
Once we got home from our honeymoon, I had to try to make my own. Along the way I discovered a few things, first if you want to make pizza you need either a stone oven, (not terribly practical for most of us) or a pizza stone to put in your own oven. I’m not sure why this makes such a difference but it does. Also cornmeal sprinkled on the pizza stone or baking tray before placing the pizza on it to cook stops it sticking and allows it to slide effortlessly onto a plate when done.
And the three best things about making your own Pizza?
* You can put anything you want on it
* It’s a great way of using up those little bits and pieces you have leftover in the fridge
* It’s way more cost-effective than ordering in
One final note, when you’re rolling out the bases, if they’re not perfectly round, don’t worry about it, it makes them appear more rustic and home-made 😉