MAKES FOUR 11″—13″ PIZZAS
1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
7 cups 00 flour, preferably Caputo brand, plus more
4 tsp. sugar
4 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 28-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained, passed through a food mill
8 oz. mozzarella fior di latte ovoline or mozzarella di buffala, thinly sliced and patted dry with paper towels
16 basil leaves, torn by hand
Make the dough: In a small bowl, whisk together yeast and 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. water heated to 85º. Let sit for 10 minutes. Put flour and sugar into bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on low speed to combine. With mixer on, add yeast mixture, 1 tsp. oil, and 1 1/2 cups ice-cold water; knead until smooth and a dough forms around hook, 7 minutes. Add salt and continue kneading for 2 minutes more. (If dough feels dry, add a few tbsp. cold water.) Divide dough into four portions, roll into tight balls, and transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Remove dough from refrigerator and let come to room temperature. Put a pizza stone on lowest rack in oven and heat oven to 500º; heat for at least 40 minutes. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, dust with flour; using your hands, stretch and shape dough into a 11″—13″ circle. Transfer dough to a sheet of parchment paper. Drizzle oil around rim of dough. Spoon about 1/4 cup tomato sauce onto dough, leaving a 1″ border. Season with salt. Arrange one quarter of cheese evenly over pizza. Drizzle pizza with more oil; using a pizza paddle or grasping the edges of the parchment paper, transfer pizza to pizza stone. Bake until golden brown, about 13 minutes. Slide parchment paper onto a pizza paddle or the back of a baking sheet and transfer to a work surface. Top with basil, drizzle with more oil, if you like, and slice. Repeat with remaining dough and toppings, and reserve remaining sauce for another use, such as pasta.
This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #135