Neapolitan Pizza Dough

Traditional Neapolitan pizza crust is very thin.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 12


  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1⁄2 cup plus 1⁄4 cup lukewarm water, divided
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 tsp. salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix yeast into 1⁄2 cup lukewarm water. Allow it to stand until the mixture looks clouded and somewhat thickened. Stir in the olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well and add the yeast mixture. Gradually work the flour and yeast mixture together, adding extra water as needed. Mix until the dough sticks together and can be easily formed.
  • Flour a large work surface and knead the dough until smooth and strong, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place it in an oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and let the dough rest in a warm place (room temperature or above) for at least 15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal portions; knead each portion briefly and then roll each portion into a smooth round shape. Place the dough balls on a baking pan lined with a kitchen towel, cover them with another kitchen towel, and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to use, remove the balls from the refrigerator and allow to warm at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before making pizzas.