If using a pizza stone, arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven and place stone on rack; preheat oven to its hottest setting, 500 degrees–550 degrees F (260-290 degrees C) for 1 hour. If using a baking sheet, arrange a rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 500 degrees–550 degrees F (260-290 degrees C).
Fresh Pizza Dough (8 oz)
generously with flour and place on a floured work surface. Meanwhile, soak slices of
in water for 15 minutes, then pat dry. Slice the
Smoked Mozzarella Cheese (3/4 cup)
Place dough on a rimmed baking sheet and stretch, using your fingers, until it is approximately 8 to 10 inches in diameter.
Distribute 3 ounces cheese over the surface, leaving a 1-inch rim. Arrange
over cheese and tuck in
Fresh Basil Leaves (5)
then drizzle everything lightly with
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (to taste)
, including the rim of the crust.
Place on highest rack in the oven and bake until puffy, about 6 minutes; then turn on the broiler and broil until the crust takes on some color, 30-60 seconds. Remove pizza from oven and serve.