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Baking Stones and Steels

For professional-level pizza at home, you need a baking stone—or steel. There are plenty of styles and materials, but which model works best?

What We Learned

The blazing-hot oven of a real pizzeria can produce pizza with flavorful, crisp, deeply browned crust; melty, bubbling cheese; and hot, savory-sweet tomato sauce all in a matter of minutes. At home, though, pizza rarely reaches those heights. While a professional brick oven can reach temperatures upwards of 800 degrees, home ovens typically top out at 500 to 550 degrees. We’ve learn...

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