Pizza is my weak spot. I seriously cannot avoid trying pizza in every city I go to in search of the “best” pizza in the city. That said, I think I am becoming a real snob when it comes to pizza. I tend to get upset when people want to order in Domino’s (blasphemous, the worst excuse of a pizza ever). I find myself analyzing the crust (Too thick? Too thin? Too burnt?) and the ratio of cheese and toppings to sauce. My “ideal” pizza does not have heavy sauce, is not dripping with grease or overly cheesy, and completely loaded with delicious toppings. My ideal crust should be somewhat thin yet doughy with a pudgy crust and bubbling cheese. My favorite toppings are mostly anything minus meats… well unless it is in the form of meatballs, yum. So here is my guide to the places I know, the pizzas I eat, and the pizzas I make!

pizzaThe best pizza in Miami: It is a toss up. Sir Pizza on Key Biscayne or New York Roma Pizza

Hermosa Beach/ Los Angeles: Paisano’s meatball and roasted garlic, Fresh Brothers thick crust pizza (Mama’s Special)

Dallas: Chicago Rick’s Pizza

My favorite kind of pizza is homemade because it fits my pizza ideal. It is simple to make and you can use wheat or white flour with this recipe:

Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of yeast, and teaspoons of honey into one cup of warm water. Leave for 10 minutes. Add 3 ½ cups of flour and 2 teaspoons of olive oil and gradually mix it. Knead dough once it gives heavy and knead it into a ball. Put the dough in a bowl and cover with saran wrap, let dough rise for an hour. Push it down again and let it rise another hour.  Put onto floured surface and shape dough into a pie. Top pizza with Ragu pizza sauce, Kraft mozzarella cheese, and additional toppings of choice. You can create your own perfect ratios! Mine are a small amount of Ragu sauce, a whole package of Kraft cheese, Dole pineapple chunks, and jalapenos! My favorite toppings are Dole pineapple chunks and jalapenos. The pizza cooks in merely 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

The dough refrigerates and freezes perfectly so you can eat it at any time!


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