Authentic Pizza Margherita Recipe – A Journey to the Heart of Naples

Embark on a culinary journey with my authentic Pizza Margherita recipe. Experience the traditional flavors of Naples with simple, high-quality ingredients and easy-to-follow steps.

The Timeless Tale of Pizza Margherita Experience the traditional flavors of Naples with simple, high-quality ingredients and easy-to-follow steps. Visualize the bustling streets of Naples, circa 1889 - a city where the scent of freshly-baked pizza lingers in every corner. Here, in this vibrant heart of Italy, chef Raffaele Esposito crafted the first Pizza Margherita, a culinary masterpiece dedicated to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Its vibrant colors – the red of ripe tomatoes, the white of creamy mozzarella, and the green of fresh basil – not only tantalize the senses but also symbolize Italian pride and the essence of culinary simplicity.

Ingredients for Your Pizza Margherita:


  • 3 cups Italian 00 flour or all-purpose flour
  • [Other Options: Gluten-free flour for those with gluten sensitivities.]
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp - [1 packet active dry yeast]
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • about 1 cup high-quality marinara sauce
  • [Other Options: For a twist, try using fresh cherry tomatoes.]
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • [Dietary Alternatives: Vegan mozzarella for plant-based diets.]
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste

Step-by-Step Directions to Make the Perfect Pizza Margherita:

  1. Preparing the Yeast Mixture: Dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, until frothy.
  2. Mixing the Dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix to form a soft dough.
  3. Kneading the Dough: Knead on a floured surface for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  4. Letting the Dough Rise: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, until doubled in size.

Preparing the Pizza

  1. Preparing the Oven:: Preheat to 250°C (480°F). If you have a pizza stone, preheat it as well.
  2. Rolling and Topping the Dough: Divide the dough into 2-3 balls. Roll each into a 30 cm (12 inches) diameter circle.
  3. Adding Toppings: Spread tomatoes, add a pinch of salt, mozzarella, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Baking Your Pizza: Bake for 10-12 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is bubbling.
  5. Serving: Garnish with fresh basil and serve hot.

Expert Tips for Perfecting Your Pizza Margherita

  • Flour Power: Using Italian 00 flour can significantly enhance the texture of your pizza.
  • Quality Ingredients: The simplicity of Pizza Margherita means each ingredient should be of the best quality.
  • Oven Temperature: A very hot oven is crucial for achieving that crispy, pizzeria-style crust.

There you have it – an authentic Pizza Margherita recipe that brings the flavors of Naples into your home. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a beginner, this recipe is sure to impress. For more delicious family meals, check out my post, 50 Delicious and Nutritious Family Dinners!

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Ingredients and Tools:

  1. Italian 00 Flour: (link to the flour I use) Essential for making authentic pizza dough with the right texture.
  2. Active Dry Yeast: (link) A key ingredient in pizza dough.
  3. Fresh Mozzarella Cheese: (link to my favorite mozzarella) Opt for a high-quality brand that melts well.
  4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: (link) A staple in Italian cooking, used in the dough and as a topping.
  5. Pizza Stone or Baking Steel: These tools help achieve a crispy crust in a home oven.
  6. Pizza Peel: For easily transferring the pizza to and from the oven.
  7. Dough Scraper: (link to the dough scraper I use) Useful for handling and cutting dough.
  8. Rolling Pin: For rolling out pizza dough.
  9. Chef’s Knife or Pizza Cutter: For slicing the pizza.
  10. Italian Spice Mix: For those who want to add a bit more flavor to their sauce or toppings.
  11. Instant Read Thermometer: (this is the instant read thermometer I use) To ensure pizza is baked through, you want a reading of 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

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