January 17, 2015 2 min to read
How to Create Authentic Neapolitan Pizza with Jonathan Goldsmith of Spaca Napoli
Jonathan Goldsmith is a pizza master. He has studied in Italy and learned his craft. He speaks fluent Italian and is able to converse eloquently in the true language of pizza.
The most amazing thing about Jonathan is his true humbleness when it comes to discussing pizza. I have spoken to him several times on the art of pizza. He says he is proud to be part of a time honored guild and tradition of pizzaioli. His restaurant in Chicago, is called Spaca Napoli.
In the video and audio below, he explains how to make authentic Neapolitan pizza dough. Jonathan was interviewed at the International Pizza Expo, in Las Vegas in 2014. He is extremely forthcoming and gladly explains the formula for making authentic Neapolitan pizza dough.
The following recipe is for 12 Dough Balls, so it may be more than enough for the home pizza chef. He states you can give some of the excess to friends and family so they can make their own pizza. He explains that if you have some dough left over, you can also use the dough recipe to make bread.
Note that in the tradition of all great bakers and pizza masters the recipe is given in baker’s weights rather than amounts of cups or measuring spoons. Professional bakers need to be exact in their measurements in order to maintain a certain amount of consistency of their product. This recipe can certainly be modified for the home pizza chef. Note also the pizza dough recipe is completely in metric units. This is how he was taught to make pizza and he share all of his knowledge to further the concept of having others create wonderful pizza.
You can feel the enthusiasm Jonathan feels for the creation of pizza. He once explained to me, he feels he is still learning his craft. He still is working at making incredible pizza.
This dough recipe will teach you to make authentic Neapolitan pizza. The recipe is listed below. As you watch the video you can learn all of the steps involved in creating amazing pizza in your own kitchen. Or if you are a pizza professional, you have discovered true pizza secrets, here.
Recipe for Pizza dough:
1 liter of water
1.7 kilos of flour
50 grams of salt
1 1/2 grams of yeast.
Jonathan is a world famous pizza maker. His restaurant Spaca Napoli has received numerous local and International awards and recognition as one of the best Pizza Restaurants in Chicago.
Here is the video:
1769 W. Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL
Here is the mission of Spaca Napoli:
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria was inspired by the authentic aroma, taste, and craft of pizza found on the streets and in the pizzerias in Naples.
You can listen and download the mp3 recording of this interview, below:
Jonathan uses Antimo Caputo Pizzeria Flour for all of his pizzas.