Here’s everything you need to make the perfect pizza
All the supplies for the perfect pie.
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Pizza is a food that doesn’t need to be improved upon—but there’s still a difference between good pizza and great pizza. And chances are, the best pizza you’ve had wasn’t one you made yourself at home.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right tools like pizza stones and countertop ovens, you can make restaurant-worthy pies right in your own kitchen, no wood-fire installation needed. To celebrate National Pizza Day on Feb. 9, we rounded up all our favorite gadgets and ingredients needed to make the best pizza.
1. A stand mixer for homemade dough
It’s not really a homemade pizza unless you make the dough yourself. Grab your essential ingredients (flour, water, yeast, etc.) and get mixing with our favorite stand mixer, the KitchenAid Artisan. The included dough hook is all you need to knead your dough to perfection.
Get the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer on Amazon for $293.55
2. The best baking pan we’ve tested
If you’re using a standard oven to bake your pizza, you might think a pizza stone is the way to get the perfect crust. But in our testing, we found that this cast iron baking pan from Lodge helped the crust get just as crispy as any stone, and it’s also more portable, versatile, and affordable than most stone options.
Get the Lodge Cast Iron Baking Pan, 14" on Amazon for $39.90
3. ...or this super-hot countertop pizza oven
Are you serious about making the best pizza possible? Then you might want to splurge on this $1,000 countertop pizza oven from Breville. We tested it with a professional pizza chef, and he had nothing but good things to say.
The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen even used the Breville Pizzaiolo when figuring out how to make the best pizza for their “Making Perfect” series.
4. ...or this cult-favorite kamado grill
If you’re looking for something hotter than a standard oven but something more versatile than a countertop oven, why not invest in a kamado grill? Their high heat capacity and specific cooking zones make them perfect for grilling pizza. We loved making pizza, grilling ribs, smoking turkey and more in the popular Big Green Egg.
5. A grill spatula for moving hot pies
Whether you’re cooking your pizza on the grill or right in the oven, having some sturdy metal spatulas on hand will help you move the hot pizza safely and easily. We love this two-piece grilling set from OXO with both a grill spatula and tongs—the spatula is the best grill spatula we’ve tested.
Get the OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Grilling Set on Amazon for $19.99
6. This versatile wood cutting board
You’ll want to have a good, large cutting board at hand both when you’re making your pizza dough and slicing your final product. We love this massive teak cutting board for pizza, but also for cutting vegetables and slicing and serving meat and poultry.
Get the Teakhaus Rectangle Carving Board on Amazon for $100.45
7. Our favorite pizza cutter for even slices
When your pizza masterpiece is finally ready to sliced, make sure you have a good pizza cutter to cut through both crispy and doughy crust. Our favorite pizza cutter from PL8 is sturdy, stable, and able to cut through just about any pizza you throw at it.
Get the Progressive PL8 Artisan Pizza Wheel on Amazon for $19.90
8. Some delicious olive oil
Your pie will only be as good as your ingredients, so you’ll want to use the best everyday olive oil, cheese, and tomato sauce you can find (or make). We asked restaurant owners and chef how to shop for olive oil and got a lot of helpful tips to apply at Reviewed.
This popular olive oil from California Olive Ranch has been celebrated by The Strategist and Bon Appétit—and it’s the oil I use most in my own kitchen. Why? It’s mild and versatile but not without personality, and I can pick up a bottle from my grocery store for $12.
9. These chef-favorite canned tomatoes
You might assume fresh tomatoes make the best sauce, but good canned tomatoes, harvested at peak ripeness and packaged by experts, are actually going to be more flavorful and yield a better base for your pizza toppings. After testing a whole lot of canned tomatoes, Bon Appétit recommends Bianco DiNapoli whole peeled tomatoes as the base for your tomato sauce.
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