Pizza ovens: why equip yourself and how to choose?

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Preparing a pizza requires choice ingredients and a suitable oven. Overview of the things to know and the options available to cooks to make tasty pizzas in the oven, like in Naples… or almost.

If we are very proud of our gastronomy, in France, we also love pizza. The French are even the second biggest consumers in the world according to a Gira Conseil study shared by Domino’s Pizza in 2020, just behind the United States and far ahead of the Italians. Since then, the case of Buitoni pizzas contaminated with the e.coli bacterium has however come to upset our eating habits. According to the research firm Nielsen (via BFM), pizza is less popular, in supermarkets at least. Between March and June 2022, sales would have fallen by almost 35% over one year in the frozen section and by almost 10% in the fresh section. There is no point in completely depriving yourself of this delicious Italian bread. It is of course still possible to go to a restaurant, but the best way to avoid unpleasant surprises is perhaps still to prepare them yourself, which also offers total freedom in the choice of garnish.

The pizza oven allows you to make a well puffed crust, just like at the pizzeria.

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Obviously, you don’t become a pizza maker overnight. We are still talking about a culinary practice that has been listed as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage since 2017. However, it is still possible to achieve good results at home, with a little practice, of course, good ingredients, but also a good oven. Although it is of course possible to cook a pizza in a traditional household oven, the result is rarely as convincing as in a pizzeria, especially if we are talking about real Neapolitan pizzerias, with their pizzas with a golden, crispy and airy. More and more manufacturers nevertheless offer dedicated ovens for individuals, which are precisely supposed to allow such results to be achieved.

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Traditional oven vs pizza oven: what are the differences?

The main difference between a traditional oven and a pizza oven is the temperature. To develop properly, pizza dough requires thermal shock. Dedicated ovens are therefore capable of rising to much higher temperatures than traditional ovens: up to 400°C and even 500°C for some. In addition, they most often have a stone or ceramic sole, capable of accumulating heat to transfer it directly to the dough when it is placed on it. It’s both essential for forming a well-ventilated crust, but also for properly cooking the center of the pizza, where the tomato sauce may soggy the dough and prevent it from cooking properly in a traditional oven.

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Finally, note that the cavity is generally lower on pizza ovens, which allows faster heating and better temperature control. As a result, it is very rare to find several floors there. Of course, not all pizza ovens are the same. The choice must first be made according to the energy used.

The wood-fired oven for authentic pizzas

Purists will prefer the wood fire. This is the traditional method of cooking pizza. Thanks to its dry heat, the wood fire makes it possible to obtain a crispy crust on the outside and soft on the inside, with a slight taste of smoke as a bonus.

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On the other hand, wood-fired ovens require more work and time to light up, not to mention the space needed to store the wood. It is also more difficult to control the temperature there. It can only be adjusted by opening and closing the door, but a thermometer is most often used to monitor whether the oven is hot enough. It is also not recommended to use a wood-fired oven indoors because of the release of smoke and embers. Finally, they also require a little more maintenance than others, since you have to empty the ashes regularly in addition to brushing the sole.

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Alfa pizza oven

At Alfa, a location is provided on the side for the wood.

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The pellet or wood pellet oven can make an interesting alternative to the wood oven. It offers almost the same advantages, with a slightly less pronounced smoke taste, but is easier to light and maintain. It is still necessary to plan and store the bags of pellets.

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The gas oven for those in a hurry

Even easier to use, gas ovens work with propane or butane cylinders, which are generally sufficient for several uses. There is therefore most often nothing else to do than press a button to turn it on. Some models even offer temperature adjustment to the nearest degree, but there are still more often knobs to turn to adjust the intensity of the flames and a thermometer to monitor the temperature in the cavity.

Gozney's Rockbox

The Gozney Roccbox burner is placed in the bottom.

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As for a barbecue, the gas oven includes more or less burners, generally at the bottom or on one or more side(s) of the stone, and the heating is fast. The combustion of gas, on the other hand, produces a more humid heat than wood, and therefore a slightly less crispy crust. For maintenance, a brush stroke is enough. On the other hand, empty gas cylinders must be returned to the retailer and this type of oven is generally not recommended indoors, even if, in the absence of smoke and embers, its use there is less inconvenient than that of a gas oven. wood.

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The electric oven for indoors

To enjoy good pizzas without a garden or outdoor space, it is best to turn to an electric oven, which is therefore flameless and generally more compact. There are even models with a lid barely wider than a pizza. It is also the easiest to use. Just plug it into a power outlet to turn it on and there is usually a thermostat to adjust the temperature. Different modes can also be offered to make adjustments even easier.

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The electric oven heats by means of resistors, most often at the bottom and at the top, but the temperature rise is not as fast as with gas. It will also be necessary to pay attention to the power at the time of purchase, as well as to the temperature range to ensure that it can deliver sufficient heat to allow the dough to develop well.

What alternatives to the pizza oven?

If you don’t have space for a real pizza oven, it’s still possible to get good results with a traditional oven and a few tricks. The first is to insert a baking stone. You can find them at many merchants, but be careful of the dimensions all the same: it is better to measure your grid beforehand to be sure that the stone will fit on it. It will also make it possible to store the heat of the oven to sear the dough, even if it obviously remains subject to the technical limits of the oven. It is therefore preferable to launch it at the maximum temperature and let it heat up for 30 to 45 minutes before putting it in the oven.

Navaris cooking stone

Many cooking stones are commercially available, for ovens, but also for barbecues.

© Navaris

Another, more original method, consists of pre-cooking the dough from below in a very hot pan, then transferring it to the oven tray and garnishing it to finish cooking. But the easiest way is still to invest in a pizza oven, for the Neapolitan version at least. Thick-crust pizzas, for example, require longer cooking times and work very well in a traditional oven.

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