Pizzeria Vetri (Philadelphia)

Pizzeria Vetri, located in Philadelphia, is renowned for its artisanal approach to pizza-making, offering a menu that features traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas. While I can’t provide you with the exact recipes used by Pizzeria Vetri, I can offer a generic Neapolitan-style pizza dough recipe that you can use as a foundation for creating your own delicious pizzas at home.

Neapolitan-Style Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110°F/43°C)
  • 4 cups “00” flour (highly recommended for authenticity)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:

1. Activate the Yeast: a. In a small bowl, combine active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.

2. Prepare the Dough: a. In a large mixing bowl, combine “00” flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. b. Stir until a dough forms, then transfer to a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. c. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.

3. Preheat the Oven:

  • If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven and preheat to the highest temperature your oven can reach, typically around 500°F (260°C).

4. Roll Out the Dough:

  • On a floured surface, gently roll out the pizza dough into a thin round shape. If you prefer a thicker crust, adjust the thickness accordingly.

5. Assemble and Bake: a. If using a pizza peel, transfer the rolled-out dough to it. If not, use parchment paper on an inverted baking sheet. b. Add your desired tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings. c. If using a pizza stone, carefully transfer the pizza to the preheated stone in the oven. If not using a stone, place the baking sheet in the oven. d. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden, the cheese is bubbly, and the toppings are cooked.

6. Garnish and Serve:

  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves or a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Slice and serve your Neapolitan-style pizza immediately.

Feel free to experiment with various toppings and flavors to customize your pizza and recreate the experience of Pizzeria Vetri in your own kitchen.

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