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Cacio e Pepe Pizza

Cacio e Pepe Pizza by Daniele Uditi

Daniele Uditi, executive chef at Pizzana in Los Angeles, shares the recipe for his iconic cacio e pepe pizza - a pizza which the late Jonathan Gold described as 'a small miracle'.

Pizzana was named #9 on the 50 Top Pizza USA 2022 list.

17 June, 2022
Average: 4 (12 votes)

serves for



Pizza Dough
Caputo flour
1000 g 
Filtered water
650 g water at room temp 
35 g sea salt 
Active dry yeast
5 g
Parmigiano Crema
Ricotta cheese
250 g fresh whole milk ricotta
Grated Pecorino Romano
110 g
50 g of regular heavy whipping cream 
Assembling the Pizza 
Semolina flour
for dusting
Black pepper
Freshly cracked black pepper
Mozzarella cheese
213 g of grated dry whole milk mozzarella
50 g heavy whipping cream
Mozzarella cheese
207 g fresh mozzarella – grated
Parmigiano Reggiano
5 tablespoons
Extra virgin olive oil
Parmigiano crema

Tools required:

  • Kitchen scale
  • 2 pizza stones
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Wooden pizza peel

Step 01

Make your pizza dough

  1. In a bowl, mix the water and flour until it comes together, but is still a little shaggy. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Dissolve the active dry yeast in a small amount of warm water and add it to the shaggy flour and water mix. Knead the dough until the yeast is fully absorbed. 
  3. Add the salt and continue kneading the dough for 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and it rest for at least an hour.  
  5. Divide the dough into 250g pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place the balls into a dough tray or plastic container. Cover the trays or container and let the dough proof at room temperature for 5-6 hours. The balls should double in size. 

Step 02

Make the Parmigiano crema 

  1. Place ricotta, pecorino and whipping cream in a blender and blend until consistency is super creamy. Place mixture in a squeeze bottle or piping bag. 
  2. Let the mixture set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before you use it. 


Step 03

Assemble your pizza

  1. Before heating your oven, put your pizza stones on the top and bottom racks of your oven.
  2. Preheat oven for 1 hour at 500 degrees F or on broil. 
  3. Dust semolina flour on your pizza peel.
  4. Stretch and form the dough and place it on the dusted pizza peel. 
  5. Brush the crust with olive oil and spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of regular heavy cream on dough. Spread to the edges but don’t touch the crust. 
  6. Sprinkle the dry whole-milk grated mozzarella and fresh grated mozzarella evenly over the dough. 
  7. Evenly spread 1 tablespoon of Parmigiano Reggiano on top. 
  8. Place the pizza on the bottom pizza stone and cook for 6-7 minutes or until crust is leopard-spotted. 
  9. Put the pizza on a cooling rack for 30-60 seconds.
  10. Cut your pizza and then add Parmigiano crema to each slice.
  11. Finish by cracking black pepper over each slice.

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