Making and eating Neapolitan Style Pizza with friends and family is one of the best things in life. In the summer of 2016, I started apprenticing as a pizza maker during my nights and weekends at Paulie Gee’s and later and Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I have known PG for years and when I asked him for an apprenticeship, he welcomed me behind the counter with open arms.
Working in front of a 900-1000 degrees Fahrenheit wood-fired pizza oven will quickly teach one how to be efficient and consistent. As a UX Product Designer, there can be nothing better than being able to create and ship a product to customers and get immediate feedback. This was one of those perfect intersections of life.
I would work during the day in front of the glow of my screens and during the night in front of the glow of the oven. While I hung up my apron for good at PG’s in March of 2020, I have continued to maintain the many restaurant websites, logos, and tech. During the pandemic, we launched contact-less Square websites for each location, along with websites with each delivery partner such as Caviar, ChowNow, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Toast. These days supporting small businesses is quite important, especially restaurants.
After moonlighting as a pizza maker at Paulie Gee’s and Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for four plus years, I have learned a bit about making great pizza. The following list of products that I love and use to make pizza at home. This is a growing list that may change over time and availability. If you purchase via the sponsored links, then I can buy more a little more flour to make more pies. Have fun!
There are many great outdoor ovens on the market, I chose the Ooni Karu. An extremely portable oven that allows you to use charcoal, gas, or wood. The Ooni Karu sets up in two minutes and can get to cooking temperature in about fifteen minutes.
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I love my Ooni Karu for its portability , easy set up, and most importantly the ability to quickly cook Neapolitan style wood fired pizzas at home.
Ooni Gas Burner
The Ooni Karu is a great oven, particularly for the portability and quick set up. If you are traveling, cooking with wood pellets is easy. Though if your Ooni is often stationary, cooking pizzas with the Gas Burner will give you an even temperature to let you focus on making great pizza.
Ooni Bamboo Pizza Peel
A twelve inch pizza peel that will hold up to launching pies into your Ooni better than a wooden peel. I place stretched dough on a layer of semolina flour on this peel. I top the pie, and use this peel to gently launch the pie into my oven. A single, yet important use.
Ooni Turning Peel
The Ooni turning peel is perfect to rotate, turn, and maneuver pies. Once you have launched a pie into your at temperature oven, you will need to turn it to cook evenly. Using a Perforated Peel is okay, though the control you get is better with the nimbler Turning Peel.
Ooni Dual-Sided Grizzler Plate
This cast iron Ooni Grizzler Plate easily slides into your Ooni on top of the baking stone. The cast iron handles allow you to easily pick up, position, and move the Grizzler Plate in and out of the oven. The wooden serving board allows you put the Grizzler Plate directly on a table for your guests. The flat side is great as a griddle while the ribbed side produces great sear marks.
Ooni Karu Carry Cover
A well made cover that can be used to protect your Ooni outdoors and/or use to transport your oven on pizza adventures.
Ooni 12″ Perforated Peel
The 12″ Perforated Peels are also good for dressing and launching your pies into the oven, though not the best for turning pies.
Ooni Hardwood Pellets
While you can burn most untreated hardwoods in your Ooni, this bag of pellets is a great starter. Certainly not the cheapest, though once you are comfortable buying dried untreated hardwoods, these pellets are easy to use.
This is the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun. It measures temperatures between -58℉~1022℉ (-50℃～550℃) and comes in Yellow and Black. Great tool that allows me to monitor measure temperature in various spots in my oven and pies.
Pizza Serving Trays
Pizza Trays are infinitely useful whenever you are making several pies. I recommend buying in packs like this so you present a consistent experience.
Dough knives are essential to quickly cutting and weighing dough. I like to have a few of these on hand, especially a metal one and a flexible food-safe plastic one.
OXO Pizza Cutter
Pizza Cutters are pizza cutters, right? Nope. A good sharp blade and a comfortable handle will make a huge difference when you cut your pies. This OXO pizza cutter has a nice grip and sharp blade.
Aluminum Turning Peel
A lower priced alternative to the Ooni Turning Peel, which also happens to be in stock. This aluminum peel is worth having in your pizza making setup.
Tomatoes & Flour
Bianco DiNapoli Whole Peeled Organic Tomatoes
If you are going to buy American tomatoes you should only think about Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes. I could rave about Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes for hours, they taste just as good as DOP certified Italian tomatoes, yet they are grown in California and a product of a partnership between Robert DiNapoli and famed Chef Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco. Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes are amazing. You can buy in bulk or smaller cans based on availability.
Antimo Caputo Semolina Flour
Semolina flour is essential for easily sliding your pies from the peel into the oven. I like to compare Semolina flour to stainless steel ball bearings as they help your pies glide from surface to surface. Also allowing air to move beneath your dough, semolina adds a nice crunch to the bottom crust and sides of your pizzas.
Antimo Caputo Pizzeria Double Zero 00 Flour
I love this flour as it is perfect for Neapolitan Style Pizzas. 55 pounds may be a lot, though properly storing your flour and using for bread is also worth it.