Ruth GresserOwner and chef Ruth Gresser grew up cooking with her mother, who owned a catering business in Baltimore, Md. Ms. Gresser cooked her way through Grinnell College in Iowa before moving to San Francisco, where she cooked for several years at Friends a Cafe and at Le Trou Robert. In 1987, she graduated summa cum laude from Madeleine Kamman's Classical and Modern French Cooking School in Glen, NH. She then moved to Washington, DC, where she has helped open four popular restaurants: Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle, Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown, Blue Plate and Obelisk. Ms. Gresser has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Women's Chefs and Restaurateurs Madeleine Kamman Scholarship and a guest chef appearance at Alice Waters' renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. She has also been profiled in The Washington Post Magazine, The Washington Business Journal and by Georgetown University Television. Ms. Gresser has been a chef demonstrator, contributor and panelist for The Smithsonian Institution and for FreshFarm Markets in Washington, DC. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.
Hi, I am Ruth Gresser from Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington D.C. Here at Pizzeria Paradiso we make Neapolitan-style pizza in a wood burning oven. We have become known over the years for making the best pizza in Washington D.C. and some say the best pizza this side of Naples.
Today I am going to teach you to make pizza. For me, the most important thing about pizza is its crust. I like to think of pizza basically as bread, a flat bread, and you put other foods on top of the bread to garnish the bread and then its cooked together, but the crust should always come through. I think pizza is just a great food. It combines starch, protein and vegetables altogether, so its a meal in itself. The best part about pizza is you can pick it up and eat it with your fingers.
So, today since the pizza crust is so important to me, I'm going to actually make two kinds of crusts for you; a white crust and a whole wheat crust. I'm going to make a couple of tomato sauces for you, and also put a few pies together so you will have a large array of different kinds of pizza to choose from. In order to this, on the simple side, all you will need is a pan, a knife, a pizza peel, a dough cutter, a stainless steel bowl, and a cutting board. So, let's get started, the first thing we will make is the pizza dough by hand.