From Scratch: How to Make a 5-Star Pizza at Home, According to an Italian Chef

Dacy Knight

When one's made a career in cupcakes (and has even been credited with inciting the nationwide craze), making a foray into pizza doesn't necessarily seem like a natural next step. But for Candace Nelson and her husband Charles, the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes, a passion for pizza and the science behind baking made this savoury venture a no-brainer. Aptly named Pizzana, their latest palatable project serves up handcrafted Neo-Neapolitan pies created by Naples-born master pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi. With toppings that include fior di latte, crispy prosciutto crudo, zucchini blossom, burrata, housemade amatriciana, cilantro lime sauce, and queso fresco, Uditi puts a tantalising spin on the Naples staple, topping off his signature "slow dough" blend for the Southern California palate.

The restaurant was carefully designed using artful details like a ceramic tile mural—reminiscent of Italian architect Gio Ponti—crafted by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Hagen. Guests become immersed in the pizza-making experience, watching pizzaiolos firing pies in the hand-crafted wood-burning oven. Uditi shares his step-by-step tips for making great Italian pizza at home. Keep scrolling to see the space, hear more about the restaurant's offerings, and tune in for Pizzana's master pizzaiolo Uditi's homemade pizza secrets.

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