What is Napoli Pizza? This is pizza it in its most true form, if you ask me. Simple, pure, and delicious. This pizza is made with just a few simple ingredients on top – mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. That’s it! While some people may call it Margherita Pizza, some may call it Neapolitan Pizza, and some call it Napoli Pizza – it is basically the same simple amazing pizza.
I call it Napoli Pizza as I first had this flavor of pizza from Z Pizza and that’s what they call it. Growing up, we always had sausage and mushroom pizza as it was my dad’s favorite. We could never have pizza without having that kind, and yes, we had plain cheese as well because c’mon we were kids. But, as a family we never really ventured out and tried other kinds of pizza. My dad is very traditional and he likes what he likes. So we were not the family that tried different kinds of pizza. And it was never something I really thought about until I started cooking more myself because I will literally eat anything on pizza! So I am more than making up for it now!
But, Napoli Pizza is always one of my favorites. The simplicity of this pizza is just perfect. You can even serve this style of pizza as an appetizer if you’re having a dinner party. But, it is equally delicious as a meal! I use my Thin Crust Pizza Dough recipe to make my own pizza dough. And then I top this pizza with just three simple ingredients for a homemade organic Napoli Pizza. Get my recipe below for my Napoli Pizza.
Tips for Making the Best Napoli Pizza
• I use my Thin Crust Pizza Dough recipe to make my own pizza dough. This pizza dough makes two 8-inch pizzas. So, you can make both at the same time, but you’ll just have to double the topping recipe below. Or you can make one, and save the pizza dough in the fridge for a few days. I usually do this so we have fresh pizza as it’s just Delaney and me. Plus, it makes the second pizza super easy to make as all you have to do is top it and bake it!
• Because this pizza has such few ingredients, they truly matter. Buy the best organic mozzarella (my favorite is Organic Valley) and get the ripe looking organic tomatoes and fresh organic basil. You could even use heirloom tomatoes for this pizza when they are in season, as they are delicious on this pizza as well!
• When baking your pizza, you want to look for the crust to become bubbly and the cheese to be slightly golden brown. Everyone’s oven is different, so make sure to look for visual clues that your pizza is baked to your liking.
• I highly recommend having a pizza stone to bake your pizza on. Unless you have a pizza oven, then that is even better. That is on my list to buy as I’ve been researching them, but a pizza stone is fairly inexpensive and it’s totally worth it! You’ll also need a pizza peel. You can find my top pick for a pizza stone here, and pizza peel here. You can make a very low investment of like $50 for both of these tools to really up your pizza baking game!
Makes one 8-inch pizza
Thin Crust Pizza Dough
2 tablespoons organic tomato sauce
3/4 cup organic grated mozzarella cheese
1 organic Roma tomato, sliced
Organic Fresh basil for topping
Organic Parmesan for topping
Preheat the oven to 550°F and place pizza stone inside. Or, alternatively line a baking sheet with parchment paper if not using pizza stone.
Divide pizza dough into two portions. Reserve one portion in the fridge for later (or double toppings recipe above to make both now).
On a floured surface, roll out or use your hands and stretch the pizza dough. Generously flour your pizza peel. Or alternatively, if using the baking sheet, grease the parchment paper very well with olive oil and a sprinkle of flour.
Place pizza dough on pizza peel or baking sheet. Top with sauce going all the way to the edges edges (trust me here, as it bakes in!). Top with cheese and tomatoes.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow to rest for a few minutes. Top with fresh fresh basil and grated parmesan.
High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.