Luca Varuni’s Neapolitan-Inspired Pizza Dough
Luca Varuni

Luca Varuni

Luca Varuni’s Neapolitan-Inspired Pizza Dough

“It only takes four simple ingredients to make the best Italian pizza dough – flour, yeast, water and salt. My top tip is to make sure to let your dough rest for the proper amount of time. I’d recommend 8 to 12 hours at room temperature.” – Chef Luca Varuni, Owner of Varuni Napoli
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo Product Details

the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo

9 hrs total time

25 mins active time


Makes 5 pizzas



  • water icon
    500 g water
  • dry yeast icon
    ¼ tsp dry yeast

    or 1.5g fresh yeast

  • 00 flour icon
    800 g 00 flour

    plus extra for dusting

  • fine sea salt icon
    25 g fine sea salt


  • 1Add the water and yeast to a bowl, then whisk to dissolve.
    Tip: If using fresh yeast, dissolve by rubbing it between your index finger and thumb.
  • 2Gradually add 60% (480g) of your flour and start to mix by hand with a circular movement. Remember that you are simulating what a small mixer does and it is important to oxygenate the dough. Before the flour is completely absorbed by the water, add the salt. This whole process should take about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • 3Once all the flour is absorbed by the water start to add the remaining 40% (320g) of flour. Mix for another 5 minutes. After that your dough should start to be compact and firm. Ensure that all your flour has been absorbed by the water.
  • 4At this point you can pull out your dough from the bowl. Dust your work table with a little flour and finish your dough on the table by using your hands to turn and knead the dough just until the ball is smooth and soft. This final step should take another 10 to 15 minutes. The final product needs to be soft but elastic at the same time.
  • 5Let the dough rest in a bowl covered with a semi wet rag for at least 30 minutes.
  • 6Cut the dough and shape into balls (each dough ball should weigh about 9 oz.) Once the 5 dough balls are ready, place on floured trays and cover with plastic wrap to ensure that they will not be exposed to air and oxidize.
  • 7Let them rest for about 8 to 9 hours at room temperature.
  • 8After that you are ready to make pizza! Otherwise place the dough in the refrigerator and pull it out at least an hour before using it. The dough balls can sit in the refrigerator for 4 days (after that they will lose strength and it will be more difficult to knead the dough).
    Tip: Cook the topped pizza in the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo on Wood Fired mode for about 2 minutes, turn the pizza after 1 minute.

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