13 Tools for Perfect Homemade Pizza
While we'd never pass up pizza delivery, sometimes, nothing beats homemade—especially if you've got the right tools. Beyond the typical pizza wheel, you'll also want a pizza stone for a crispy crust, strong oven mitts, a ladle for your sauce, and a cast iron skillet, too, so you can optimally reheat your leftovers. With these in your arsenal, you'll be turning out your own tasty pies in no time.
Once your pizza is done, grab a pizza wheel to divvy it up into slices. With a sharp blade, there's less of a chance of pulling off toppings and cheese while you cut. This Rösle stainless steel pizza cutter and OXO's four-inch cutter get perfect ratings across the board.
Rösle Pizza Cutter, $25 at amazon.com
OXO Good Grips 4-Inch Pizza Cutter, $14 at amazon.com
For an ultra-crispy crust, cook your pizza on a pizza stone—they help cook the dough evenly. Williams-Sonoma customers gave Emile Henry's pizza stone a 4.5-star rating, and we also love Lodge's 14" cast iron baking pan.
Emile Henry Pizza Stone (14"), $50 (was $55) at williams-sonoma.com
Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Baking Pan, $40 at amazon.com
This "scizza" is designed to give you more control than typical pizza scissors, thanks to its ability to slide under the crust and extra-long blades. It can also be used to cut homemade pasta, flatbreads, and more, per the description.
Pizza Scizza, $30 at amazon.com
A dough scraper will not only help you get all the last bits of dough off a cutting board, but also cleanly cleave dough into separate pieces, acting as a slicer.
Stainless Steel Dough Scraper, $8 at amazon.com
Looking for recipes? There are plenty of pizza cookbooks out there, and Philly chef Marc Vetri's Mastering Pizza is a great place to start; or, go for EMILY: The Cookbook from the team behind Emily and Emmy Squared.
Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone, $18 at amazon.com
EMILY: The Cookbook, $14 at amazon.com
Grab a ladle to pour your sauce evenly onto the pizza dough and spread it around.
Williams Sonoma Signature Stainless Steel Ladle, $42-$45 (depending on size) at williams-sonoma.com
A pizza peel helps you transfer pizza in and out of the oven. This Epicurean model is well-reviewed and dishwasher-safe to boot.
Epicurean Natural Pizza Peel, $26 at amazon.com
Pizza stones can get very hot, so if you're handling them, you'll need strong oven gloves. This silicone set has thousands of perfect ratings and protects from temperatures up to 450 degrees, and are waterproof.
Silicone oven mitts, $17 at amazon.com
Cast Iron Skillet
For your grated cheese needs, OXO's well-reviewed box grater features a coarse grater, medium grater, slicer, and removable zester, too.
OXO Box Grater with Removable Zester, $30 at amazon.com