How To Make Roberta’s Pizza Dough

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Roberta’s has definitely gotten popular over the years and sometimes you just want a slice. Sure, it’s easy to just go to the pizzeria or order online but, there’s no harm in trying to make Roberta’s pizza dough from scratch to satisfy your pizza cravings.

Making Roberta’s pizza dough is a simple process and even if this is your first time making pizza dough from scratch, you’ll definitely be able to do it from your kitchen!

To make Roberta’s pizza dough, you just need to mix flour, salt, water, yeast, and olive oil together, and then you have your dough. Let the dough rise for a few hours and you are ready to make pizza.

The good thing about making pizza dough is you can make them in advance, so you can start making it at night and you’ll have fresh pizza dough the next day. If you are ready to make your very own Roberta’s pizza dough, grab your ingredients and mixing bowls, and let’s start making pizza dough!

Roberta’s Pizza

Before we start making pizza, let’s talk about Roberta’s a little bit.

Roberta’s is a pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York that opened in early 2008. Roberta’s started out with Chris Parachini and Brandon Hoy and was later joined by Carlo Mararchi.

Aside from their Bushwick location in Brooklyn, Roberta’s has opened in other locations such as Williamsburg, NYC, Montauk, LA, Nashville, and Houston. They even have a location outside of the United States which is in Singapore.

Roberta’s is famous for their wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza.

How To Make Roberta’s Pizza Dough

How To Make Roberta’s Pizza Dough

Roberta’s is a pretty well-known pizza place in Brooklyn and a lot of people wanted to try having a go at their pizza dough at home. 

To make Roberta’s pizza dough, all you need to do is mix flour, dry yeast, salt, olive oil, and warm water. If you want to make pizza on the same day, you need to rest the dough at room temperature for about 4 hours. You can also rest the dough inside the refrigerator for 8 up to 24 hours, so you can make this dough well in advance.

If the dough has been resting in the refrigerator, make sure to let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes after you take it out of the fridge.

You also do not need a stand mixer to do this as this can be easily made by hand.


This recipe will yield two 12-inch pizzas. To make Roberta’s pizza dough, you will need:

  • 153g of 00 flour (Double zero flour)
  • 153g of all-purpose flour
  • 8g of fine sea salt
  • 2g of active dry yeast
  • 4g of extra virgin olive oil
  • 220g of lukewarm water

Other Things You’ll Need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Extra flour for dusting
  • Cling wrap or tea towel
  • Pizza sauce
  • Toppings of your choice


1. Combine 00 flour, all-purpose flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

2. Pour 200g of lukewarm water into a smaller mixing bowl and put in the yeast and the olive oil. Mix the water, yeast, and olive oil together.

3. After mixing the water, yeast, and olive oil together, pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture. If the dough looks a little too dry, add in the rest of the remaining 20g of water little by little.

4. Knead the dough in the bowl for about 3 minutes just until all the ingredients are well combined and let the mixture rest for 15 minutes.

5. After 15 minutes, knead the rested dough for another 3 minutes then cut the dough into two equal pieces. Shape the two pieces into a bowl.

6. Put the two pieces of dough ball into a heavily floured dish or bowl and cover them with cling wrap or a clean damp tea towel. Tip: Of placing the dough balls in the same dish, make sure to leave space between the two dough balls because they double in size as they rise. 

7. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 3 hours or in the refrigerator for 8 up to 24 hours.

8. After 3 hours (or more if you prefer to refrigerate the dough balls), it is time to make your pizza. If you refrigerated your dough, take it out of the fridge for at least 30 to 45 minutes before you start shaping them. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour before you start shaping the dough.

9. To start making your pizza, begin shaping the dough balls on a heavily floured surface one at a time into 12-inch pizzas. Use your fingers to stretch and shape the dough into your desired crust thickness. Tip: Neapolitan-style pizza has a thin base with puffy crusts around it. Roberta’s pizza makes Neapolitan-style pizzas.

10. Top your pizza with your preferred sauce and toppings and bake it at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Tips For Cooking Your Pizza

If you can, use 00 flour when making pizza. Pizza dough usually uses 00 flour as it is finely grounded and has a lower gluten content. The 00 flour makes the crust more flavorful and soft but still with a crunch to it. It is recommended to use 00 flour for pizza dough but, bread flour works just as well. It might just lead to a different texture in the crust.

Another tip is to cook pizza in a wood-fired oven. Pizzas are usually cooked in a wood-fired oven to achieve the charred crust that Neapolitan pizzas have. But, if you do not have a wood-fired oven, bake your pizza at the highest heat temperature that your oven can go. But, make sure to check on your pizza every so often so it does not burn.

Another thing if you do not have a wood-fired oven is to pre-heat your oven at a high temperature. This is also often the temperature at which you will cook your pizza. Preheating and cooking the pizza at a high temperature will result in a crispier crust and a soft pizza interior. This will also make sure that the cheese can melt evenly around the pizza.

If you have a pizza stone, you can use it to mimic how a brick oven cooks a pizza. A pizza stone retains heat longer so the pizza can be cooked on a hotter surface.

Roberta’s Frozen Pizzas

If you do not have the time to make Roberta’s pizza dough recipe from scratch, you can still definitely have a taste as they offer frozen pizzas that you just need to heat up.

To cook Roberta’s frozen pizza, you just need to preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place the pizza directly on the rack and cook it for 5 1/2 minutes or until the cheese has melted. This is if you have a conventional oven.

If you have a convection oven, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the pizza for 3 1/2 minutes or until the cheese has melted.


You can have fresh pizza anytime you want when you get the hang of making pizza dough. When you do, you won’t just be making Roberta’s pizza dough, but different kinds of pizza as well. 

All you really need are a couple of things such as flour, water, easy, olive oil, and salt. Letting the dough rest and rise works the gluten which gives time for the flavor of the crust to develop.

Hopefully, this article made you want to try making your own Roberta’s pizza dough from scratch!