The Best Pizza Stones for Your Kitchen, According to Chefs
You know the kind of pizza crust that's crispy along the edges, doughy at the center, with just the right puff-to-crunch ratio? You've likely experienced it at your favorite pizza joint, but have you successfully recreated that flavor at home? And no, throwing a takeout pizza in the oven doesn't count.
Making restaurant-caliber pie at home takes the right tools. The first place to start? Ditch the baking sheet and buy a pizza stone.
Compared to the metal surface of a baking sheet, a pizza stone—made of ceramic, clay, cast iron, or cordierite—heats the dough evenly, ensuring every inch of your pie is warm and crisp. It soaks up all that heat and radiates it upward, meaning the pizza (and all of its toppings) are cooked both on the bottom via the stone and on the top by the oven's warm air.
In other words, a pizza stone is an inexpensive way to transform a traditional oven into a brick oven-like environment. And that puffy crust? When a pizza is placed on a pre-heated stone, it jolts the dough with a burst of warmth, leading to an all-around puffier, crispier crust. It's something only a stone can do, not a basic baking pan.
Now that you're convinced you need a pizza stone, you might be wondering how to choose the right one for your baking needs. First thing's first: Don't buy a pizza stone only for pizza. These stones can do much more, from baking flaky pastries to homemade sourdough, if you're up for the challenge.
All pizza stones are baking stones, but not all baking stones are pizza stones, so it's critical to purchase the right one. That's why we tapped three experts to dish on their preferred pizza stones:
Here's everything you need to know about which top-rated pizza stone is right for your home.