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Wood Fired Pizza Oven

A traditional oven design using wood to bake pizza, bread and many other foods.

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Entertain Outdoors..... Got Wood?

  • Nov 9, 2009
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If you enjoy cooking, pizza and entertaining outdoors check out a wood fired pizza oven.  I put in a Mugnaini oven 4 years ago and I couldn't be happier.  There is something magical about cooking in an ancient relic that has no moving parts and has been used to feed villages of people for hundreds of years. 

What to Consider
When looking at Pizza ovens consider how you will use the oven.  I chose the Medio 110 which is the largest "non-commerical" oven Mugnaini makes.  The upside of a larger oven is that you can fit your Thanksgiving turkey in the opening and cook several pizza's at a time.  The downside is that bigger ovens take longer to heat up (upwards of an hour) and in most instances you won't fire it up just to make a couple pizza's for dinner or to bake a couple loaves of bread.... it will be used for entertaining.  A smaller oven is more practical for personal use and smaller gatherings, will take up less space and will use a lot less wood. 

My Pizza Oven

Why Do It
You might ask yourself what the allure of a pizza oven is when you can simply call your favorite pizza joint and have a pie delivered in less time that it takes to heat up a wood burning oven.  If you ask this question then a wood burning oven is not for you.  However, if you are into the process as much as the result you will enjoy the rewards of a pizza oven.  Imagine if you will, a place where a small gathering of friends and family come together outside on a Sunday afternoon for some food and fun.  The oven is fired, the corks are popped and the bocce court comes to life.  As the dough rises, the herbs are chopped and the cheese is sliced the perfect pizza is 3 minutes away in the 600 degree oven. This is why is exactly why you do it.

Get your Pizza on!
Perhaps the best part of owning a pizza oven is the blank canvas to create whatever you want.  My favorite creation is a fig, prosciutto and goat cheese pizza, although if I could only make on pizza the rest of my life it would be Neapolitan style pizza.  I recommend 00 flour, a cold yeast rise, San Marzano Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, hand chopped basil and a drizzle of olive oil.


Entertain Outdoors..... Got Wood?

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November 28, 2010
Shayne, you are an inspiration to pizza lovers everywhere! there really is nothing like making wood fired pizza and to make it in your own backyard makes it much sweeter. Thanks so much for this incredible review.... Simply outstanding!
November 22, 2010
Wood fired pizzas are one of my favorite types to eat. Great review...it's got me hungry for some good eats! :)
November 21, 2009
Can you tell me what it cost? We are trying to figure out the best company to go with since got burned with another one. Info to follow. Thanks
November 09, 2009
fig, prosciutto and goat cheese?!?! did someone send you a memo on my favorite tastes of all time. thanks Shayne, I now will be in search of that pizza all week ; ) great review! love the mental picture you painted of the experience - I'm sold.
November 09, 2009
mouth is watering. awesome write up Shayne! Is the pic from your oven in your backyard? I'd love to see a couple more pics of some of the finished product... that would really increase the mouth watering aspect of this review. thanks for sharing!
November 09, 2009
I love love love wood-fired oven pizza!  You make a really good argument for getting one of these ovens.  I think that it's super neat, and am immensely jealous, that you have one of these babies at home.  I'd be baking pizza and roasting grub all the time if I had one! :)
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Wood Fired Pizza Ovens have circular floors, and parabolic ceilings that reflect the heat down. Because of the circular floor they provide nicely organized workspace: Since pizza baking is a dynamic process, in which the oven door stays open while you add, turn, and remove your pizzas, you have to keep a fire going in the oven lest it cool. The circular floor allows you to simply keep the fire to one side where the roof slopes down, and have most of the floor area free for pizza.  
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