4 tips for making the best at-home pizza, according to an expert

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  • David Kay makes and sells New York-style pizza out of his own kitchen.
  • After lots of testing, he's gotten the technique down to a T.
  • Though he plans to continue experimenting, he shared his best tips to date on how to make a near-perfect pie at home.
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David Kay started making pizza for his neighbors in Brooklyn after getting laid off from restaurant jobs during the pandemic. Since April of 2020, he's perfected his craft and started churning out 12 pies a night, two nights a week, under the Instagram moniker Pies Upstairs.

Though Kay's background is in restaurant work, he told Insider that he knew it wasn't a sustainable career for him long-term.

"The lifestyle of the restaurant and of the restaurant owner was not something that I aspired to," he said. The day-to-day schedule, weekend hours, and holidays spent working instead of with family were all things Kay wanted to avoid in his "end goal life's work."

4 tips for making the best at-home pizza, according to an expert