This is a stimulating dialogue being developed here. Please allow me to contribute what I can. Dear Jordan, when you create music with your electric guitar, which is more important: the types of wood used in the guitar, the pickup on the guitar, the type of strings, their tuning, the strings action, the bridge, the neck, the saddle, the type of amplifier, your skills, the formative idea underlying your creation, or the creative process that materializes the idea? If creating a work of art is an organic (distinct from mechanical) process, then every part—to various degrees—should serve the function of the whole. Consider the following analogy. A living animal cell, which is an organic unity, is composed of various organelles: nucleus, ribosome, mitochondria, and etc. Every organelle has its own particular function to perform. By analogy, when an organelle of a living cell malfunctions, often the entire cell malfunctions.
In philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831), this view is known as the "doctrine of organicism", which, in my opinion, can and should be applied to the art of making Neapolitan pizza. Hegel put forth the doctrine as a direct reaction to the "theory of mechanism" of the Newtonian physics, which had gained prominence in his time. The tension between the two has formed much of the history of the Western civilization, at least since 624 BC to the present!
The doctrine of organicism claims that an organism, as a hierarchical and interdependent unity of parts serving the life of the whole, is the model for understanding the arts, cultures, economics, politics, and world history. Hegel, unlike many of our politicians who seem to be capable only of mechanical thinking, argued that nothing can function in isolation, but rather only as a sustained and sustaining part of the organic totality to which it belongs. In Hegelian aesthetics, development of a work of art is akin to an organism as a hierarchical, interdependent unity of parts, in which each of the parts (like the heart, the liver, and the lungs of a human organism) plays a necessary role in maintaining the life of the whole. The parts do not, however, exist or function as independent pieces. On the contrary, each is a dependent part of an organism, and functions to serve the organism as a whole. Hegel's doctrine has informed and inspired a great many artists. The German literary artist Goethe viewed nature as an organic totality; the Romantic poets, Schlegel, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, all viewed true art as achieving organic unity out of multiplicity. In contrast, mechanism views the universe, including our mental life, as mere matter in motion, a purposeless activity, governed by the causal laws of motion of bodies in time and space. (Perhaps, it is right!!!) Moreover, this view is often shortsighted, like many of our politicians, of the interrelationship between all the parts constituting the totality.
Crafting Neapolitan pizza is indubitably an organic art, i.e., "achieving organic unity out of multiplicity". Accordingly, I think that while the type of water used in making dough is consequential, not being able to generate enough oven heat is more repercussive. All the parts should serve the life of the whole. Good day!