Friday, May 15, 2009

Doughy Matters: Purchasing Pizza Dough

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 6:20 AM

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On Tuesday night, a couple of friends came over to watch American Idol. My usual companion and I often throw together dinner (you bring a salad/I'll make the pasta-style) and tonight we decided to whip up a couple of pizzas.

I was in charge of preparing a simple tomato sauce and grabbing some vino. She did the rest--arriving at my house with a treasure trove of toppings and two balls of dough from Pizza Perfect.

Now, in the past, I've bought pizza dough at Whole Foods (you have to ask for it near the bakery, where they serve the pizza; they also have a whole wheat option) and had always heard that many 'za parlors are more than happy to part with a couple balls of dough in exchange for a couple bucks. But my buddy informed me that she has asked at a couple East Side eateries and been turned down.

Which other joints around town offer their dough by the ball?

In case you were wondering, our results were terrific--especially since I got to try out my new pizza stone (great investment). We topped one pie with arugula pesto, chickpeas (surprisingly awesome; it's a tip she picked up from an app at Margot), cherry tomatoes and fresh Parmesan. The other one got my fresh tomato sauce, caramelized onions and gorgonzola. Both were delicious. They were like the Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert of homemade pies.

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