Slideshow: Forcella's Make-Your-Own Neapolitan Pizza Sessions

Ricotta, Ham, Zucchini and Eggplant
Ricotta, Ham, Zucchini and Eggplant
After mulling over a few topping ideas in my head, I decided what to put on my pizza: diced eggplant, zucchini, Parmacotto ham, ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiano, and basil. A little different, I must admit. But you know what? It worked.
Press the Dough
Press the Dough
Next, Guilio showed me how to shape the dough into a round by pressing the dough with the tips of my fingers.

The dough at Forcella undergoes a second 24 hour fermentation, which results in a pizza that is less soupy in the center than a regular Neapolitan pie. The double fermentation yields a dough that is more fragrant and stands up better to toppings.

Stretchin'
Stretchin'
After punching out the dough, Giulio shows me how to lay one palm on the dough while stretching out the other side with my free hand.
Uh-Oh
Uh-Oh
Unfortunately, there was a small hole in my dough which Giulio was thankfully there to fix.
Topping time: Zucchini and Eggplant
Topping time: Zucchini and Eggplant
The zucchini and eggplant had been diced and quickly sautéed.
Parmacotto Ham
Parmacotto Ham
Ham for a bit of salty porkiness (always important).
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
A good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Peel
Peel
Giulio then showed me how to transfer the pizza from the counter to the peel. It's harder than one might think: you must do it in a swift motion so the dough doesn't stick to the counter and the toppings don't fall off.
The Oven
The Oven
Before I took the reigns, Giulio showed me how to tilt the pizza towards the hottest parts of the oven to evenly cook the crust.
The Plating
The Plating
I was very careful not to drop the gorgeous pie while transferring it from the oven to the plate.
Et Voilà!
Et Voilà!
The Verdict
The Verdict
Giulio enjoyed my topping combination, but remarked, "Basically, I love any pizza with ricotta on it." Personally, I'd say my pizza-making session was a great success.

Hopefully, if I'm ever in need of a job, Giulio will hire me. A girl can dream, can't she?