Spinning Dough: The Tradition and Function of the Pizza Toss

Imagine a performance where the stage is a kitchen, the spotlight shines on a circular canvas of dough, and the artist is a chef with a flair for the dramatic.

Welcome to 11 Inch Pizza in Melbourne, where the age-old tradition of spinning pizza dough is not just a part of our pizza-making process, it’s a mesmerising art form.

This blog will take you on a journey through the twirling and soaring world of pizza dough, unveiling the secrets behind this captivating culinary spectacle and its critical role in crafting the perfect pizza. Prepare to be dazzled as we spin you through the history, artistry, and sheer magic of pizza dough tossing.

Making pizza bases in our Melbourne restaurant



The Origins of Spinning Dough

Pizza tossing has roots that date back to Naples, Italy, where pizza first originated. The practice of spinning pizza dough evolved as a practical way to evenly stretch the dough while keeping it aerated and light. This technique, which has now become synonymous with professional pizza tossing, is not just for show; it serves a critical function in the pizza-making process.

Why Spin Pizza Dough?

The primary reason for spinning dough is to create a uniform base for your pizza. The centrifugal force generated by spinning helps in evenly spreading the dough without compromising its texture. This is essential for achieving that perfect, thin, and crispy base that pizza enthusiasts adore. Dough spinning also helps in retaining moisture, ensuring that the crust remains soft on the inside while crispy on the outside.

The Art of Tossing Pizza Dough

Professional pizza tossing is more than just a cooking technique; it’s a form of culinary art. At 11 Inch Pizza, our chefs have mastered the skill of spinning dough, turning it into an enthralling performance. This not only entertains our guests but also showcases our dedication to only the best pizza-making methods.

How Spinning Dough Benefits the Final Pizza

Spinning pizza dough isn’t just for show—it significantly influences the quality of the pizza. The action of tossing the dough allows air to be trapped within, contributing to a lighter, more digestible crust. Moreover, it ensures that the heat is distributed evenly across the pizza, resulting in a uniformly cooked product that’s a delight to bite into.

Learning the Craft

Mastering the art of dough spinning takes time and practice. It’s a skill that our chefs at 11 Inch Pizza have honed over years of experience. Professional pizza tossing is not just about spinning; it’s about understanding the dough’s texture, elasticity, and how it reacts to motion and gravity.


Spinning dough is an integral part of the pizza-making process at 11 Inch Pizza. It’s a tradition that we cherish and a skill we’re proud to showcase. Next time you’re in Melbourne, stop by to witness our chefs in action, spinning pizza dough with finesse and expertise. It’s not just pizza we’re serving—it’s an experience steeped in tradition and culinary excellence.

Alternatively, you can order online now—enjoy own delicious pizza from the comfort of your own home.

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