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Shopper’s Dictionary: ‘00’ flour

King Arthur

What is it? An Italian-style flour, tipo 00 is finely milled, giving it the look and texture of talcum powder.

Chefs favor it for pizzas, where it lends an airy crumb and crispy crust to Neapolitan-style pies.

Flatbreads, crackers and pastas also benefit from the superfine flour, which comes in varying protein levels.

Where can I find it? Look for 00 flour from Italian brands like Antimo Caputo at Laurenzo’s, Whole Foods and other specialty markets. U.S. brand King Arthur makes an Italian-style flour that’s available online. Expect to pay a premium for 00 flour; King Arthur’s is $8 for a 3-pound bag.