Cooking a pizza using the frying pan method
I promised you a video demo of a different method for cooking your pizza at home and here it is. As with all my videos, I wholeheartedly apologise for how poor the production quality is, exacerbated this time by having the whole clan eating and running around in the background ;-)
Personally, while it's an easier method of cooking, and probably produces a slightly better looking pizza than the oven method, I very much prefer the result from the oven. I can't explain exactly why, but the oven brings out more flavour in our dough.
The main differences are that the oven produces a more crisp crust, while the pan produces a lighter, more airy crust. The pan cooks the base a little better but it's much easier to burn your pizza in the pan. Cooking in the oven is slower, so you don't need to watch it as closely. Both methods have merit so it's worth trying them both to see which you prefer.
I haven't mentioned portable pizza ovens at all yet, but I'll introduce these over the next couple weeks as there are some truly fantastic ovens available now that cook a restaurant quality Neapolitan pizza in around 90 seconds. If you enjoy making regular pizza at home, and can afford to spend a few hundred quid on an oven, they're definitely a worthwhile investment, but that's a different post.