It’s one thing cooking pizza at home or at a friend’s house for people you know.

However, we decided to take things a little further and look into what it would take to turn your pizza-making prowess into a paid job. For some, this might take the fun out of pizza cooking, but for others, earning money from their hobby is a dream come true. Whether making pizza for a living for you or not, the content below will turn into a pizza-making pro!

Quick fact: The world’s most expensive pizza is the ‘Louis XIII’. It is served at Favitta’s Family Pizzeria in Salerno, Italy. This pizza is priced at a whopping €8,300, which is approximately USD 9,800. Imagine becoming so good with your pizza oven skills, you could charge silly money for a pizza like this.

Research and Familiarize Yourself with Pizza-Making Techniques

Study the different types of pizza (e.g. Neapolitan, New York-style, Sicilian, etc.). You will also need to master the various dough-making techniques, so if you have just been making one style of dough, guess what? There’s more to learn. On top of this, sauce-making, and topping combinations are also important. Plus, you will need to start to incorporate different pizza-making tools and include a selection of different pizza ovens to diversify the end result.

Here’s all that info in a bullet-pointed list:

  • Study various pizza-making techniques
  • Master the different ways to make the dough for the pizza base
  • Become an expert in sauce-making
  • Begin to learn and use the various pizza-making tools and ovens

Practice Making Pizza at Home

Step two is probably the most obvious in the process of becoming a pizza oven pro. This is where you put the above points into practice using your pizza oven, or pizza ovens if you are that serious!

Here are your simple steps to working your way closer  to that €8,300 pizza sale!

  • Start practicing making pizza dough and experimenting with different topping
  • Use your home oven or a pizza stone to practice baking pizzas
  • Continue refining your techniques and flavors

Consider Formal Training and Education

If you know you already know you want to improve your pizza-making skills, then a good way to go is to take cooking classes. Not only will learn about other types of food, but you will also understand the processes a good chef needs to carry out to become an expert in his or her trade.

  • Enroll in a culinary school or program that offers pizza-making classes
  • Attend workshops or training sessions from experienced pizza chefs
  • Seek mentorship from a professional pizza chef

Purchase a Pizza Oven

If you don’t already have a pizza oven, then we highly recommend getting one. That isn’t a bias because we are all about pizza ovens, it is because using a tool designed specifically for cooking pizza is your route to becoming a specialist pizza-making expert. 

You can read more about this topic via our Why do Pizza ovens cook better tasting pizzas than conventional ovens? blog.

Any restaurant that is serious about its pizza menu will usually have two or three pizza ovens. The different options help the chef to bring out diverse flavors. The result is a reputation for high-quality and good-tasting pizza with a range of options available to their clientele.

  • Research and choose the right type of pizza oven for your needs and budget (e.g. wood-fired, gas-fired, electric, etc.)
  • Consider the size and capacity of the oven, as well as the heating and cooking capabilities
  • Purchase necessary accessories, such as pizza peels and pizza stones

Continue Learning and Practicing

To finish off, we are going back to the obvious. To become a pizza-making expert and a connoisseur of your trade, you’ll need to keep on practicing. Even after years of making pizza, you still learn new tricks, and new recipes, and come up with new ideas, so don’t be afraid to be adventurous in and out of the kitchen.

That’s exactly how dessert pizzas became so popular. Some brave soul came up with the idea of chocolate with bananas, cookies and crème, and strawberry ice cream pizzas and now this style of pizza is a global fad.

Also, look out for events and festivals celebrating food in general, Italian food, New York Street food conventions, and specifically pizza festivals. Attending these events is a great way to discover new ideas.

  • Attend pizza competitions and festivals to learn from other pizza chefs
  • Experiment with different dough recipes, toppings, and cooking techniques
  • Refine your skills through continued practice and feedback from customers or colleagues

In the end, becoming a pizza chef requires passion, practice, and continuous learning. With dedication and perseverance, you can hone your skills and become a master of the pizza over!