Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen 
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 piece)

Try this trick to get ultrathin fresh mozzarella slices: Pat mozzarella ball dry, and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. You'll be able to cut paper-thin slices, which allow for more creamy, cheesy coverage.

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove dough from refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature, covered, for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).

Step 3

Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned. Remove garlic with a slotted spoon. Finely chop garlic. Reserve oil.

Step 4

Place chopped garlic, ricotta, mayonnaise, thyme, pepper, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until almost smooth (about 2 minutes).

Step 5

Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface; pierce entire surface of dough liberally with a fork. Carefully remove pizza stone from oven. Arrange dough on pizza stone. Bake at 500° for 5 minutes. Spread ricotta mixture over crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange mozzarella over ricotta mixture. Bake at 500° for 10 minutes or until crust and cheese are browned.

Step 6

Combine reserved oil, juice, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Add arugula; toss to coat. Top pizza with arugula mixture. Cut pizza into 4 large pieces.

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