Jessica DeMay

How to Make New York Style Pizza at Home

This is the authentic recipe for a traditional New York-style pizza. It is soft, thin, and pliable enough under its toppings to be folded in half to eat. Toppings are typically tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.
It evolved in the U.S. from the pizza that originated in New York City in the early 1900s, which itself came from Italian Neapolitan pizza.

What's characteristic about the New York-style pizza is that it's traditionally cooked in gas ovens while an Italian pizza is traditionally cooked in a wood fire oven.

The Difference Between American & Italian Pizza

The New York-style pizza also contains far more cheese than its ancestor, the Neapolitan pizza. The biggest pleasure with the New York-style pizza is that feeling when you lift your slice up and you see the mozzarella stretching on the sides. Traditionally, the New York-style pizza uses dried full-fat mozzarella instead of fresh mozzarella.

Here is how you make it...

Making the Dough

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New York-style Pizza Dough Recipe

An authentic american New York style pizza dough
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Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Course Pizza
Cuisine American
Servings 4 pizzas

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g Tipo 00 flour
  • 300 g Fresh water
  • 3.5 g Instant dry yeast 
  • 10 g Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of sugar

Instructions
 

  • Stir the flour, salt, and yeast mixture into the water and mix until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Add oil and knead for about 20 minutes. When the dough is ready, it will spring back when you poke at it.
  • Place the dough in an airtight container and bulk ferment overnight.
  • Divide it into 4 equally large dough balls and brush some olive oil on top of them. Now let them ferment for another 3 hours and your dough is ready.

Making the New York-style Pizza

When your dough is ready to be used, sprinkle some flour onto the surface where you will prepare your pizza and place one of the dough balls there. Don't be afraid to sprinkle some more flour on top of the dough, we will be using a rolling pin for this pizza so we don't want it to stick.

1. Stretching our Dough

Now take a rolling pin or a big glass bottle and shape the pizza thin and round. When you're done, it should look something like this:

Pizza dough stretched by rolling pin

2. Adding the toppings

You can use our perfect tomato sauce recipe for this pizza. Just make sure you sprinkle some dried oregano on top of it to get that authentic New York-style taste. Add 2 tablespoons of the sauce and spread it all over the pizza with the back of your spoon.

Adding tomato sauce to NY-style pizza

Don't forget to grate some parmesan cheese over the pizza to give the pizza a bit more character.

Now it's time to add our main ingredient, the mozzarella. For this pizza, you want to use shredded whole milk mozzarella. Don't hold back, make sure you add a generous amount of mozzarella.

Adding mozzarella to NY-style pizza

Optionally, if you want some meat on it, add pepperoni.

3. Cooking the Pizza

Traditionally, this pizza is cooked in a propane gas oven, but it's perfectly fine to cook it in a conventional oven. Just make sure you have a good quality pizza stone to place it on.

Placing NY-style pizza into conventional oven

Preheat your oven to the highest temperature and cook it for about 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown.

You know your pizza is ready when it looks like this:

Cooked NY-style pizza
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Jessica DeMay
Jessica is the lead content creator of Dishcrawl. She has lived in Italy (Napoli) for 7 years and has since become absolutely obsessed with pizza.
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