Make a Great Game-Day Pizza With Help From The 11-Time World Pizza Champion

by | Sep 5, 2023 | Recipes

Get ready for an action-packed weekend as the Rugby World Cup match takes centre stage! With thrilling rugby fixtures like this, you won’t want to leave your TV screen. Whether it’s rugby tournaments or other exciting matches, you can always count on some thrilling game-day excitement.

As the weekend approaches, South Africa gears up to face Scotland at 17:45 on Sunday. Every sports enthusiast knows the essentials: cold beer, snacks, the option to invite friends and control of the remote.

But here’s a game-changer: having the right game day snacks is as crucial as keeping the beer cold. You wouldn’t want to get hungry at halftime, right?

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Elevate your snack selection with these tips that will amaze your buddies (no need to reveal your secret inspiration). And if you want to impress. Master the art of crafting the perfect pizza with guidance from Tony Gemignani, an 11-time world pizza champion.

game day pizza

Course dinner, pizza
Cuisine Italian


Pizza Dough

  • 1 pizza dough ball store-bought or from a pizzeria

Flour Mixture for Dough

  • ¾ cup semolina flour
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

Pizza Sauce

  • Your favourite jarred pizza sauce or canned San Marzano tomatoes for making your own sauce.
  • Toppings Choose Your Favorites
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese sliced and patted dry

Additional toppings such as:

  • Arugula
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Red pepper flakes for a spicy kick
  • Prosciutto
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh oregano leaves
  • Olive oil for drizzling

Transforming your regular oven into a pizza oven is simpler than you might think. Follow these steps for a crispy, evenly cooked, pizzeria-style pizza.


    Preheat Your Oven

    • Preheat your oven to its maximum setting, typically around 260°C (500°F). This high temperature will help mimic the heat of a traditional pizza oven.

    Prepare Your Pizza Stone or Baking Sheets

    • Place a pizza stone or baking sheets on the top and middle racks of your oven. Preheating these surfaces will allow them to radiate heat evenly around your pizza.

    Prepare the Pizza Dough

    • Take your pizza dough, whether it's store-bought or from a pizzeria (no one needs to know!), and enhance its texture by tossing it in a mixture of ¾ cup semolina flour and ¼ cup all-purpose flour. This combination will help create a crispy crust.

    Shape the Dough

    • On a floured surface, stretch the dough until it forms a 30-35cm (12-14 inch) pizza crust of your desired thickness.

    Add Toppings

    • Transfer the stretched dough to a floured pizza peel or a pizza box lid. Spread your favourite jarred sauce or crushed San Marzano canned tomatoes evenly over the dough. Next, add slices of fresh mozzarella that you've patted dry. Keep your toppings simple for an authentic pizza experience.


    • Carefully slide the prepared pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet on the middle rack of your oven. Bake until the crust turns golden brown, and the cheese is melted, which usually takes around 8 to 12 minutes.

    Finishing Touches

    • Once your pizza is out of the oven, give it the finishing touch with easy, no-cook toppings. You can choose up to five from options like arugula, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, goat cheese, gorgonzola, red pepper flakes, prosciutto, fresh basil, and fresh oregano. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil to enhance the flavours.

    Feel free to customize your pizza with any additional toppings you prefer, but remember to keep it simple for a classic pizzeria-style taste. Enjoy your delicious homemade pizza!

      Keyword dinner, Easy Meals, friday, italian, snack

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