vcb gave good advice, but just a reminder of how much fun a person can have: ...
Awesome. I had my hands a little too full with four pizzas -- I think 12 would give me nightmares.
As for results, I implemented vcb's suggestions and they worked great. I learned a few things from night:
(1) If I invite people over for deep-dish pizza, they will come. They will all
come, as will their friends and significant others, along with a few strangers. I attribute that to partly my friends all being graduate students (so free food => attendance), but mostly to deep-dish being a delicious, decadent treat this is almost universally loved but hard to come by in Seattle.
(2) I am much slower in the kitchen than I would like to imagine myself being. Much, much slower.
(3) I really need to find a good method for removing the pizzas from the pan. I've come to the conclusion that my previous successes removing pizzas from the pan have been simple dumb luck. Three came out fine last night, but the fourth ... well, it's best not to talk about the mangled, disfigured remains of that poor pizza. Luckily it was still delicious and I was the only person who seemed to mind.
I'm sure this has been discussed dozens of times, but my search attempts have been failures. Can anybody point me to a thread discussing how to get the pizza out of the pan in one piece? Am I better off just leaving it in the pan and serving it up from there?