The Perfect Pizza

By Andrew Hind

There are numerous types of pizzas and toppings, but there are also some universal secrets to the perfect pizza.

1. Less is more. Keep it simple and focus on a few preferred toppings
2. Use fresh tomato sauce; it makes all the difference
3. Use fresh, homemade dough
4. Make sure the pizza has a frame around the edges, la cornice as it is called, because pizza is always eaten with your hands and a frame prevents your fingers from getting too messy
5. For a really authentic pizza, roll the dough as thin as possible. The toppings will then be the focus of the flavour, not the dough
6. Ideally, pizza should be baked in a wood-fired oven for the right flavour and texture
7. Ovens should be pre-heated to about 230-240 degrees Celsius
8. Oil the baking sheet with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with semolina flour

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