Shop Essential Italian Tools & Equipment

Welcome! Here you’ll find some of my favorite must-have or highly recommended tools for baking and cooking some of our favorite recipes. Please note that if you make a purchase, we earn a small commission (see my disclosure policy.)

Pizza Making Tools

Investing in a few tools like a pizza stone or steel and a kitchen scale are essential for that perfectly crispy, foldable crust, elevating your dough from good to “pizzeria-level perfect pizza“. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Pizza stone (16″x14″)

Cordierite baking stone
03/09/2024 01:22 am GMT

Kitchen scale

digital food scale with pull out display
02/18/2024 02:51 am GMT

Pizza steel (13″x13″)

Baking steel
02/18/2024 02:36 am GMT

Proofing boxes

Stackable dough proofing containers
$45.99 ($23.00 / Count)
02/18/2024 02:26 am GMT

Wooden peel (16″x14″)

wooden pizza peel
02/18/2024 02:46 am GMT

Standing mixer (5 Qt)

Standing mixer 5QT
03/09/2024 09:28 pm GMT

Ooni metal peel (14″)

Aluminum pizza peel
03/10/2024 06:31 pm GMT

IR thermometer

Instant read thermometer
03/08/2024 02:28 am GMT

Pizza peels are essential for launching pizza and retrieving the pizza after it is baked. I personally prefer a wooden peel for launching the pizza and a metal peel one for taking the pizza out of the oven. I use an instant read thermometer (IR thermometer) to check the temperature of my pizza steel, although some prefer to use a baking stone (see Serious Eats for a discussion of the comparison).

Pasta Making Tools

I love to make homemade pasta – it’s fun, cheap, and gets easier the more you do it.

Marcato Pasta machine (180mm)

03/10/2024 01:58 am GMT

Gnocchi board

03/10/2024 05:44 pm GMT

Marcato Pasta machine (150 mm)

03/10/2024 02:05 am GMT

Cavatelli maker

03/10/2024 05:46 pm GMT

Ravioli stamps and cutting wheel set

03/10/2024 03:46 pm GMT

Fancy ravioli mold

03/10/2024 05:51 pm GMT

XL Pasta drying racks (holds 16 lbs pasta)

03/10/2024 03:52 pm GMT

Food processor

03/10/2024 06:00 pm GMT

I like Marcato pasta machines because they are made in Italy and were always known as the best, at least according to the Italian ladies in the old neighborhood. Because I like to make homemade sfogliatelle, I also own a motor for the pasta machine. I use a standing mixer and sometimes just a large bowl to mix dough, but a food processor is another good option. Other optional but fun considerations are also shown above.

Bread Making Tools

There is nothing like homemade bread! My favorite thing to do on a lazy kitchen day. These help make great bread at home!

Dough bucket (4 qt)

03/10/2024 08:01 pm GMT

Covered roaster

03/10/2024 08:05 pm GMT

Proofing baskets

03/10/2024 08:05 pm GMT

Dough whisk

$9.80 ($4.90 / Count)
03/10/2024 08:08 pm GMT

Lame (dough slashing)

03/10/2024 08:06 pm GMT

Large pullman loaf pan (13″x4″x4″)

03/10/2024 08:06 pm GMT

Bench knife

03/10/2024 08:02 pm GMT

SAF instant yeast

$9.40 ($0.59 / Ounce)
03/10/2024 08:24 pm GMT

These are a variety of tools I use for making sourdough, Italian bread, and sandwich bread using a pullman loaf pan. My bench knife is a favorite, not only for slicing through the dough with ease but also for effortlessly flipping it and tidying up the countertops. The granite wear roasters are an outstanding, budget-friendly, and featherlight choice that significantly enhances oven spring, ensuring a superior bake every time.

Tomato Sauce Tools

Here are my favorite tools for either canning sauce (using Ball’s recipe) or making a freezer friendly homemade pasta sauce.

Electric tomato strainer

03/10/2024 06:18 pm GMT

Steam canner (20 qt capacity)

03/10/2024 06:23 pm GMT

Manual tomato strainer

03/10/2024 06:19 pm GMT

Slow cooker (6 qt programmable)

02/18/2024 02:06 am GMT

The steam canner has been my most exciting recent purchase (I LOVE IT), since they are more efficient than conventional canners. Steam canners require much less water (since the jars are NOT immersed in the water), they heat up faster, and cool down more quickly (although if you are canning at high altitude, do more research before buying as these canners use much less water and more may be required for extended canning times).