Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins
This is the Neopolitan model for pizza, with a thicker, chewier crust topped by tomato, basil and lots of oozy, slightly tangy, extremely fresh buffalo mozzarella. From Food & Wine, May 2005. If you're making this ahead of time, the cooked tomatoes can be refrigerated overnight.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 1 lb pizza dough, room-temperature
- 10 ounces buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced
- 16 basil leaves, torn
- Put a pizza stone on the oven floor and preheat the oven to 500 degrees, allowing at least 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Add the tomatoes and cook over high heat, stirring a few times, until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes- Season with salt.
- Cut the pizza dough into 4 pieces and pat each one into a disk.
- Transfer the disk to a floured baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll 1 disk of dough into a 9-inch round.
- Transfer it to a floured pizza peel or flat cookie sheet.
- Spoon about 1/4 cup of the tomatoes over the dough.
- Top with 1/4 of the mozzarella and drizzle with olive oil.
- Slide the pizza onto the hot stone and bake for about 4 minutes, or until browned around the edges and bubbling.
- Transfer the pizza to a work surface and sprinkle with 4 basil leaves.
- Cut it into 4 wedges and serve immediately.
- Repeat with the remaining pizza dough, tomatoes, cheese, olive oil and basil.