As anxiety about Covid-19 soars, we turn to baked goods to comfort ourselves. But while everyone is nurturing their sourdough starters, I’m hoarding yeast and flour for another reason. With enough cheese, tomato sauce, and arugula, homemade pizzas are a complete meal. They’re irresistible, easy to make, and customizable for a wide range of dietary preferences. Who needs burgers, anyway?
Until recently, an aspiring pizzaiolo had no choice but to crank up their kitchen oven to the standard 450 degrees. Now, portable pizza ovens can heat up as high as 900 degrees—the perfect temperature for making a crisp, Neapolitan-style pizza in minutes. For the past two years, I’ve memorized recipes, perfected my dough-tossing technique, and made hundreds of pizzas. For those of you who are sheltering in place and don’t have access to a large outdoor space, I’ve included an indoor option and an oven that fits on a small deck or patio. Here are my—and my waistline’s—favorites.
Updated for April 2020: We’ve added the Camp Chef and tweaked pricing elsewhere.