Pizza – PIZZA! “Everybody Loves Pizza”


Chef FRanco LaniaRegardless of where you’re from or what your age is people love pizza.  The toppings and combinations are countless. Ranging from the traditional tomato-basil-mozzarella pie to designer pies such as arugula, prosciutto, and cherry tomato pies then stretching out to tropical and Mid-Eastern toppings and beyond.

Pizza is a dish that is celebrated and eaten clearly across the world. Each country has added its own artistic touch on toppings in accordance with the flavors and food combinations of their respective country.

This is what makes it one of the most recognizable and loved foods in the world. The simple fact is that it can adapt to many different cultures very easily.


One thing for sure is that the key factors to an excellent pizza are always the same.

The keys are good dough, a pizza peel, (to easily slide the pie from the workspace into the oven), and an extremely hot oven.

If cooking at home then you will need to turn your oven to its highest setting and place a pizza stone on your wire rack that should be placed in the center of the oven. Let the oven preheat with the stone inside for at least 45 minutes prior to baking them.


Chef Franco Lania

Pizza Demo


Two weeks ago, I did a pizza demonstration in the  Williams-Sonoma store at the Mall in Short Hills, N.J. The demo was on making and stretching the dough, along with showing how well the pizza stones that are sold in the store worked in turning any home-type conventional oven into an oven that could bake delicious, crisp pizzas… quickly and easily!

Also demonstrated were the grill pans that are also sold in the store. The grill pans were perfect for making personal seize homemade pies. This can be finished completely in the pan once the topping were added or the whole pan placed in the extremely hot oven to finish.

DO NOT place the grill pan being entered into the oven, on top of your pizza stone that you may be used as well. IT might crack it!  Place the grill pan on a rack either over or under the stone.


This was an exciting demo that turned into a huge “PIZZA PARTY”!