As the iconic cartoon character Daria once said, “There is no moment in life that can’t be improved by pizza.”
For many of us, pizza is the ultimate comfort food. There’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh slice straight from the box. However, given our current circumstances, getting your hands on your favorite pie may be easier said than done. Delivery is still spotty in some areas and—I think I speak for the masses—most of us are not willing to wait several hours for a large pepperoni with hot peppers and extra cheese.
The good news is that pizza is actually quite simple to make at home if you have the right ingredients and tools.
Whether the dad in your life loves a good Margherita pizza (think: San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil) or lives for the cheesy goodness that is Chicago deep dish, here are a few thoughtful gifts designed to help him to get his mozzarella fix.
Does your guy love wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza? Look no further than this portable backyard pizza oven by Ooni. This no-nonsense, lightweight oven makes achieving the intense flavors of wood-fire cooking a breeze. Ready to go in 15 minutes, Ooni Fyra reaches temperatures up to 932°F, cooking authentic stone-baked Neapolitan-style pizza in just 60 seconds.Buy Now
Show your home pizza chef that you care with this adorable personalized engraved pizza wheel. Personalize the wood pizza peel with your family name at the top and 3 lines of text underneath and the folks at Personalization Mall will look after the rest. Designed for the quintessential pizzeria experience at home, included in the set is a non-stick pizza pan and a stainless steel pizza rocker all packaged in an authentic pizza box.Buy Now
Move over rolling pizza cutters. This sophisticated and sturdy stainless steel mezzaluna style slicer is sure to be a hit with your pizza lover. Made of stainless steel, this rocker knife can cut through thin or thick crust pizzas as easy as butter. As a multipurpose slicer, it can also be used to slice through fruits, veggies, sandwiches, wood-fired breads, and more.Buy Now
No backyard? No problem. If you’re short on space, this compact countertop pizza maker from Breville is a great option for replicating professional brick-oven results indoors. With a built-in 12-inch baking stone that conducts and retains heat (reaching up to 660°F) and settings for Thin, Medium, and Thick crusts, which automatically adjust cooking time and temperature, you’ll have crisp, golden crusts and perfectly cooked pizzas—no matter how generous the toppings.Buy Now
Can you ever really go wrong with a quality cast iron pan? Budding home pizza chefs will love this Lodge cast iron pizza pan which includes large, heavy duty side handles for lifting. The deep walls are perfect for making everything from NY thin crust to Detroit deep dish. This Swiss army knife skillet also works great as a griddle for fajitas, quesadillas, fried eggs, omelets, bacon, pancakes, steaks, and more—and it can be used ton the stove or on the grill.Buy Now
Another great option for the dad that loves pizza but also loves to grill. With a simple design that fits atop your standard grill grate, this Weber BBQ pizza stone comes with a handy carrying rack that makes removing your pizza and transporting it to the table safe and easy—it will be dad’s new favorite toy.Buy Now
If dad likes to camp or host tailgating feasts and has a Camp Chef stove, this add-on lets him enjoy pizza in the wilderness—or a parking lot (or on a small patio, for that matter). The included ceramic stone pulls outer moisture off dough and promotes perfect crust, leaving the inside moist and fluffy. How’s that for gourmet camping grub?Buy Now
Help him level up his tomato sauce game with this Golden Boy pizza sauce. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting San Francisco’s legendary Golden Boy Pizza, you’ve probably seen the crowds lining up down the block to get one of their famous square slices. Now you can get the experience at home with their signature sauce that’s a classic combo of ripe tomatoes, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, basil, and oregano.Buy Now
Great pizza calls for great olive oil. Laudemio Frescobalidi is an emerald-green and robust extra virgin olive oil with authentic Tuscan aromas of freshly mown grass and artichoke. Gorgeous packaging paired with awesome flavor makes it ideal for drizzling on pizza, salads, and more.Buy Now
In lieu of heading to the grocery store, gift dad this gourmet pizza seasoning set. With organic spicy red chile flakes, garlic salt, fragrant oregano leaves, tomatoes, onions, pepper, and other Mediterranean herbs, he’ll have everything he needs to make a deliciously seasoned pie—but he can also sprinkle these on everything from grilled chicken to pasta.Buy Now
Make your dough look pro with this Pizzacraft dough docker. Made of durable plastic spikes to tackle thick crusts, this handy gadget pierces air bubbles for uniform appearance, while preventing undesired rising or blistering. Use it for pizza or your favorite pastries.Buy Now
“The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home” by Ken Forkish, $27 from Amazon
Whether he’s just learning how to master pizza at home or is looking for ways to perfect his craft, dad will delight in this cookbook from Ken Forkish, the James Beard and IACP Award-winning author of “Flour Water Salt Yeast.” “The Elements of Pizza” breaks down each step of the pizza-making process, from choosing a dough to shaping your pie to selecting cheeses and toppings that will work for your home kitchen setup. Inside you’ll find a dozen different dough recipes, plus plenty of expert techniques that will have you slinging a pizza wheel with the confidence of a professional pizzaiolo in no time.Buy Now
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