Le Creuset Just Dropped a Pizza Stone That Makes It Easy to Make Pizzeria-Quality Pies at Home

published Apr 15, 2024
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Baked pizza.
Credit: Merlin Douglass

I’ve seen all the rave reviews about the Ooni pizza oven. I’ve even experienced it for myself at my grandparents’ house — my grandpa swears by it, in fact, and loves to bring it out at family gatherings. As an avid pizza-lover, that has been enough to convince me that I need one too, but — much to my dismay — it’s out of the question in my backyard-less New York City apartment. You may be thinking, “Don’t they make an indoor version?” Ooni sure does, but I don’t really have that much counter space to spare (or that much extra cash to part with either).

If you’re in the same boat and are looking for other ways to upgrade your at-home pizza-making experience, allow me to point you towards a pizza stone. Aside from a pizza steel, it’s the next best option to replicate the charred, crispy crust that a pizza oven would produce. You may be fine settling for a baking sheet, but a stoneware piece will transform your kitchen into a wood-fired pizzeria — especially if you go with Le Creuset’s new version. The $90 item costs a fraction of what a pizza oven does, and it can perform a number of other functions as well. Read on to find out what they are!

What Is a Pizza Stone?

A pizza stone is a flat slab of stone or ceramic that you place your unbaked pizza dough on, and once placed inside your oven, it holds onto high heat and bakes the crust like a wood-fired oven would. Le Creuset’s newest offering consists of the brand’s high-performing, extra-durable stoneware (aka what their iconic Dutch oven is made of). One side features a colorful glaze, which makes for easy sliding food on and off of, while the unglazed side provides excellent heat distribution for crispy crusts and perfectly baked toppings. It can fit pizzas up to 15 inches in diameter.

Aside from making stellar pies, this gem can also be employed for breads, cookies, roasted vegetables, and more. You can also leave it on the counter as a cheese or charcuterie board, too! Regardless of how you use it, the glaze guarantees an easy cleanup, as it’s essentially nonstick — it’s also dishwasher-safe — and it’ll hold up through whatever you throw at it, thanks to the scratch- and stain-resistant surface.

Credit: Le Creuset

With their latest release, it looks like Le Creuset has another soon-to-be beloved piece on their hands. You can go for a vibrant red or blue, pastel green, or neutral gray or white. It’ll look gorgeous and perform exceptionally for years and years (and that’s backed by the brand’s 10-year warranty). Whether or not you’re making pizza every week, you’ll want this multifunctional piece in your arsenal ASAP.

Buy: Pizza Stone, $90