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6 Reasons We’ve Been Making Pizza All WRONG {According to Tony Boloney’s}

by Marley
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I marched into Hoboken’s creative pizza joint, Tony Boloney’s, with every intention of purchasing ONE lil’ piece of fresh mozzarella. I left with 3+ pounds of specialty mutz, 2 balls of pizza dough, and most importantly…6 amazing tips on how to make the best pizza at home. Apparently I’ve been doing it wrong for years.

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Why do they give these secrets? Because they’re NICE PEOPLE at Tony Boloney’s, that’s why. Here’s what owner, Mike, told me:

Boloney Tip 1: First, Enjoy Their Mutz Raw.

You’ll find their house-made mozzarella in a little fridge by the drinks. It’s soft. It’s fresh. It comes in crazy compelling flavors. After sampling Truffle {shaved truffles/truffle oil], Sea Salt {classic}, and Smoked {think BBQ smoke}, I decided a mix of salt & smoke was best for my pizza. At this point, continue eating cheese…or move onto pizza making.

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Boloney Tip 2: What Dough Are You Using?

After mentioning I use grocery store bought dough, I thought Mike would have a heart attack. He immediately hooked me up with REAL pizzeria dough {sans preservatives & oh-so-fresh}. This is what you want for your homemade pizza.

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Boloney Tip 3: Heat The Pizza Stone First.

This tip is HUGE. Heat your pizza stone as much as possible before cooking your pizza. For me…I can only heat the stone for 1/2 hour {fire alarm problemzz} but if you can heat it for up to 2 hours at 500 degrees F, do it.

Boloney Tip 4: Flour. Flour. Do You Have Enough Flour?

Transferring pizza from a pan or parchment paper to the hot {very hot} pizza stone takes flour to slide it off carefully. I didn’t add enough flour to the bottom and my pizza was sort of crazy shaped. But still best crust ever.

Boloney Tip 5: Don’t Cook {Or DO COOK} The Mutz.

This tip is tricky! If you like your fresh mutz sort of soft & stringy on pizza, shred it on top AFTER you take the pizza out of the oven…without cooking it on. If you like your mutz more chewy on pizza {like I do}, add it before you put the pie in the oven.

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Boloney Tip 6: 7-10 Minutes Tops.

At 500 to 550 degrees, your pizza should take no longer than 7 to 10 minutes to cook. Much longer? Something is off.

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Marley Bonus Tip: Wine & {This Much} Cheese Is No Joke. 

Don’t try to be the American hero who drinks a bottle of water or iced tea with 3+ pounds of fresh mozzarella. Know how water & oil separated in science class? THAT’S what happens in your stomach. Choose wine instead, and you’ll digest with ease.

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Remember to cheer on Tony Boloney’s and the rest of Hoboken’s mozzarella obsessed establishments at the annual Hoboken Mutzfest! Until then…spill your pizza makin’ secrets in the comments below.

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