Neo-Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins

American Pie—Peter Reinhart. The dough to use for making New-Haven-style pizza and/or pizzas in the style of Lombardi’s, Totonno’s, or Grimaldi’s. Makes a “thin, crisp crust with airy pockets in the crown”. Slightly sticky and may be tricky to work with. Requires high-gluten flour.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. With a big metal spoon, stir together all the ingredients in a 4-quart bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer until combined.
  2. Fit mixer with dough hook; mix on low speed for about 4 minutes, or until all the flour gathers to form a coarse ball.
  3. Let dough rest for 5 minutes, then mix again on med-low speed for 2 more minutes, or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and sticks just a little to the bottom.
  4. *If the dough is too soft and sticky to hold its shape, mix in more flour by the tablespoonful; if it is too stiff or dry, mix in more water by the tablespoonful.
  5. The dough should pass the windowpane test—snip off a piece of dough and gently tugging and turning it, stretching it out until it forms a paper-thin, translucent membrane somewhere near the center; if dough does not form this membrane, it probably needs another minute or two of mixing).
  6. Immediately divided the dough into 4-equal portions; round each piece into a ball and brush or rub each ball with olive oil.
  7. Place each ball inside its own zip-lock freezer bag; let the balls sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, then put them in the refrigerator overnight or freeze any pieces you will not be using the next day.
  8. The next day, remove the balls from the refrigerator 2 hours before you plan to roll them out to take the chill off.
  9. Makes four 10 ounce dough balls.


Most Helpful

Only way to go if you want chewy, tasty thin crust. I mix it in my 12 C food processor. Best to use saf-instant yeast and high gluten bread flour.

Clean Plate Club June 16, 2011

Tried this recipe yesternight with great results. I followed it exactly, but did the kneading by hand since I don't have a mixer. As it is, I didn't have to add any extra flour but for keeping it from sticking to the countertop. Came out a little bland since I rounded down, instead of up, the kosher salt/table salt conversion. So I'm thinking I'll be getting yummier results next time.

Chef Talock October 07, 2010

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