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9 Pizza Must-Haves to Help Make Your Next At-Home Pie the Best One Yet

An oven, some tomatoes, that’s amore.

March 22, 2023
Photo by James Ransom

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Ever since I left New York, there’s one thing I’ve missed more than anything else: The pizza. There are slices on every corner, and there’s nothing better than grabbing a whole pie for a cozy movie watching, or stumbling home from a night out and eating a slice just before your head hits the pillow.

Because I have a pizza-shaped hole in my heart, I decided to get really into making it at home. Turns out, it’s actually pretty easy, and having a few friends over, firing up the pizza oven, and sipping some good wine is a lifestyle I can really get behind.

Unlike making pasta from scratch, making pizza from scratch is relatively simple. The hardest part is the dough, but a stand mixer solves that problem easily. From there, you just need a few basic things to get started, and soon enough, you’ll be an expert pizzaiolo in no time.

Whether you’re already a pizza master, or looking to get into the hobby more, we pulled together nine pizza-making products we think everyone needs to have the perfect pizza night at home.

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1. Ooni Koda Gas Powered Oven, $399+

First thing;s first—you need an oven. Ooni makes a great gas-powered option that’ll get roaring hot in a matter of minutes, and help you create a perfectly charred crust on each and every pie you pop inside.

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2. Food52 Tomato Variety Pack, $19

One of the most essential parts of pizza-making is the tomato sauce. You’ll need high-quality tomatoes to master your sauce, and we’ve got just the thing. Psst: If you have leftover tomatoes, save them for pasta later in the week.

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3. KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer, 5QT, $450

If you’ve ever tried making dough at home by hand, you probably never want to again. Don’t! Grab this KitchenAid stand mixer and your dough will be ready—no elbow grease required.

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4. Five Two Bench Scraper, $15 $13

Once your dough is ready, you’ll need to portion it out, and this bench scraper is perfect for that task. It’ll slice through balls of dough in no time, so you can get the pizza party going already.

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5. J.K Adams Lovely Baking Rolling Pin Set, $25+

Don’t be the person who’s tossing pizza dough above their head like a madman. Forming perfect circles takes practice, and the dough isn’t going to roll itself. These beautiful rolling pins are essential unless you’re fine with oblong, misshapen pies.

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6. Ooni Pizza Topping Station, $130

The only thing better than pizza is the toppings. I’m obsessed with this little topping station from Ooni. Everyone at your next party will love it too—it has so many compartments for different toppings, and really brings out that classic, New York City pizza shop vibe.

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7. Boska Pizza Shovel, $50

The only real shoveling I’m doing is shoveling pizza (into the oven and then into my mouth). This pizza peel is designed like a shovel so you can rocket pies into that gas-powered stove and pop them back out, ready to serve up.

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8. Brightland Olive Oil, $38+

You’ve made your own dough, you’ve fired the pizza, and there’s one thing left to do: Give it a drizzle. You need high-quality oil to bring out the flavors of fresh basil, melty parmesan, and charred dough, and Brightland’s super-special EVOO is worthy of the occasion.

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9. Extra Large Cheese & Pizza Knife, $60

Because you just made the best pizza of your life, people are going to fight over who gets the biggest slice. Thankfully, this pizza knife is ahead of the curve. Instead of those old-school rolling pizza cutters, this one slices through pizza in one swoop, portioning even slices like the pizza gods intended.

What are your favorite pizzas to make at home? Let us know below!

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Will O'Brian

Written by: Will O'Brian

1 Comment

[email protected] March 25, 2023
I have been told using a rolling pin is a terrible idea. It removes all the little air pockets that make the crust good.