pizza delia

This post is a collaboration with Paisano’s Pizza. We received four pizza kits but no monetary compensation.

If my social media accounts are any indication, many people are getting through this covid19 crisis by staying home and baking. There’s something deeply satisfying in taking a handful of ingredients off a shelf, mixing them, working them together with your hands, and then watching them rise and brown into a delicious loaf.

Do all that, but top your dough with sauce, cheese, and maybe pepperoni and olives before you bake it? Then you’ve got something even better — homemade pizza.

Of course, before the worldwide shelter-in-place order, lots of people enjoyed making pizza at home. Now, however, the task has become considerably harder. Many people are hesitant to spend the time in their grocery stores looking for all the various ingredients and toppings needed to make pizza at home — and even if they do venture out, it seems that flour and yeast are continually sold out.

That’s why we appreciated so much the make-at-home pizza kits delivered to us by the local DC pizza chain, Paisano’s Pizza. As part of its Make-at-Home Pizza Contest, running until April 23, Paisano’s Pizza will deliver kits, each with enough prepared pizza dough to make a 16-inch pizza, abundant cheeses, and the toppings that you’ve picked out. Order a pizza kit ($10 plus toppings) for each member of your family to make, and you have an instant shelter-in-place family activity to keep young hands occupied and older minds distracted during these trying times. You will definitely have enough for leftovers, too!

At our house, we cleaned off a counter, dusted it with flour (provided in the pizza kits) and made four different pizzas, following the easy directions included in each kit. After 20 minutes in the oven, we shared more family time as we mixed and matched slices from the pizzas we had all made.

I can’t think of a more satisfying and enjoyable slice that I’ve had in a long time.

To enter the contest, participants follow these simple rules:

  1. Share the fun (making the pizza) and the finished product (your pizza masterpiece) on social media with #PaisanosMadeByMe. We’re looking for good times and creative pies. You can also submit your photos here:
  2. Winners will be announced every week until April 23, 2020. There are some fabulous prizes in the mix, including Redskins tickets, memorabilia and a grand prize of Paisano’s Pizza for life!
  3. Enter as many times as you like. More fun. More pizza. More chances to win. So in a way, everybody wins.

A portion of the proceeds from the at-home pizza kits will be donated throughout the DC Metro Area, to organizations in need.