Slice Secrets
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Three key tips from Mark Bello, owner of New York's Pizza a Casa school, who's taught more than 15,000 students.

1. Make Your own Dough
"People say to buy dough from a local pizzeria, but that stuff is meant for pro ovens," says Bello. The best dough is the simplest, made with flour, water, olive oil, salt, yeast, and sugar. Download Bello's DIY Pizza Pie app for the recipe.

2. Less is More
Don't overdo your cheese, sauce, and toppings, or you'll get a soggy pie. "The more delicious a pizza looks before you bake it, the more its moisture works against you."

3. Bring the Heat
If you're not using a dedicated pizza oven, crank your oven to its highest setting and pre-heat your stone for an hour. Then transfer your pre-built pie to the hot stone.