Put 8 oz warm water in a bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Stir in salt, sugar, and olive oil. Stir in 2 cups of the flour to combine and then another 1/2 cup until the dough comes together and becomes elastic. Put the other 1/2 cup flour on a board and knead the ball of dough for about 5 min until it becomes smooth.
Put the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 1 hour. When the dough has doubled, punch in down and knead it lightly on a floured surface. Roll, or stretch and pull the dough to fit a pizza pan or baking stone.
TIP: If the dough is too elastic to cover the pan and keeps springing back, stretch it out and let it rest. Stretch it again, and rest until it relaxes enough to cover the pan.