An Italian's Classic Pizza Dough

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 15 mins

Cooking for a couple of decades you are always tweaking. I have several dough recipes, but this is the one that consistently gets the high marks from my guest. A hot pizza stone works best, but a good hot oven is the key.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl combine salt, honey, olive oil, and cool water.
  2. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine warm water and yeast. Allow to proof for ten minutes.
  4. After proofing combine honey mixture and yeast in one large mixing bowl.
  5. Add flour, one cup at a time, into the combined liquid mixture. Dough is an art - depending on your paradigm you may want to work this with your hands, add a T of water if it is dry.
  6. Place dough ball on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  7. Place dough in covered buttered (melted) bowl and allow dough to rest for 30 minutes. A slightly warmed oven (90 degree) is great.
  8. Divide into two equal sized dough balls.
  9. If using a pizza stone, place stone in oven and preheat oven to 450 for at least ten minutes.
  10. Roll out into two pies and add your favorite sauce and topping combinations.


Most Helpful

This is my go to for a pizza crust. I do not change a thing!!

tahoe41873 July 23, 2016

We like this pizza dough a lot! I double the recipe & prepare it several days in advance. I split it into 4 pieces, lightly grease 4 plastic food storage bags & seal the dough, refrigerate for several days. In my opinion the flavor develops more this way. Just my personal preference. I take the amount I want to use out of the refrigerator a few hours before I want to bake my pizza or calzone & let it come to room temp. From there proceed as normal. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it is in my favorites.

Five4 October 25, 2015

Hi. My 2 cents. This looks like a good recipe. I wonder what would happen if you would use high gluten flour or add barley flour. I tinker with recipes and have found a heaping Tbp of stone ground cornmeal is an excellent dough conditioner. Provide wonderful ful texture. Thank you.

Anonymous April 08, 2015

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