While we’d never pass up pizza delivery, sometimes, making it at home produces the best results—especially if you’ve got the right tools. Beyond the typical pizza wheel, you’ll also want a pizza stone for crispy crust, strong oven mitts, a ladle for your sauce, and a cast-iron skillet, too, so you can optimally reheat your leftovers. With these in your arsenal, you’ll be much less tempted to pick up the phone. Read on for some of our favorite tools to make perfect homemade pies.
Once your pizza is done, grab a pizza wheel to divvy it up into slices. With a sharp blade, you’ll have less of a chance of pulling off toppings and cheese while you cut.
Rösle Pizza Cutter, $26 at surlatable.com
For an ultra-crispy crust, cook your pizza on a pizza stone—they absorb moisture from the dough as the pizza bakes and help keep the heat in your oven even. The nice thing about this particular All-Clad model is that it comes with handles, too, so you can bring your pizza right to the table once it’s done cooking.
All-Clad Stainless-Steel High Heat Pizza Stone, $120 (suggested price $155) at williams-sonoma.com
This “scizza” is designed to give you more control than typical pizza scissors, thanks to its ability to slide under the crust and extra-long blades. It can also be used to cut homemade pasta, flatbreads, and more, per the description.
Pizza Scizza, $30 at williams-sonoma.com
A dough scraper will not only help you get all the last bits of dough off a cutting board, but also cleanly cleave dough into separate pieces, acting as a slicer.
Sur La Table Stainless Steel Dough Scraper, $8 (was $10) at surlatable.com
Looking for recipes? There are plenty of great pizza cookbooks out there, but Philly chef Marc Vetri’s Mastering Pizza is a great place to start; or, go for EMILY: The Cookbook from the team behind Emily and Emmy Squared.
Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone, $18.50 (list price $30) at amazon.com
Grab a ladle to pour your sauce evenly onto the pizza dough and spread it around.
Williams Sonoma Signature Stainless Steel Ladle, $42-$45 (depending on size) at williams-sonoma.com
This Epicurean pizza peel, recommended to us by pizza expert Mark Bello, makes it easier to move the pizza from the counter to the pizza stone in the oven.
Epicurean Pizza Peel, $35 (list price $37) at amazon.com
Pizza stones can get very hot, so if you’re handling them, you’ll need strong oven gloves. Williams-Sonoma’s Ultimate Oven Mitt is heat-resistant up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit, and is dipped in textured silicone so you can keep a firm grip.
Williams Sonoma Ultimate Oven Mitt, $16 (suggested price $20) at williams-sonoma.com
If you prefer to knead your dough with a stand mixer, make sure you have a dough hook. This one is designed to work with KitchenAid mixers.
KitchenAid K45DH Dough Hook Replacement for KSM90 and K45 Stand Mixer, $11 (was $15) at amazon.com
Good olive oil
Many pizza recipes call for olive oil, and you’ll want a good one for optimal taste—this brand hand-picks organically-grown olives and presses them within hours for the best quality, according to Food52.
Global Gardens Cold Pressed Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, $50 at food52.com
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder, $38 at amazon.com
If you want smooth, creamy sauce for your pizza, you can puree it in a blender. This Breville model is one of the best we’ve tested.
Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious Blender, Silver, $200 at amazon.com
This grater has sides designed to shred both soft and hard cheeses, so you can top your pizza with everything from Parmesan to Provolone.
Sur La Table Stainless Steel Four-Sided Grater, $15 at surlatable.com
A food scale will help you precisely measure the amount of flour you need for making pizza dough—this model is an Amazon best-seller.
Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Scale, $10 (list price $19) at amazon.com