Pizzas come in different flavors and characters, made unique by ingredients and techniques. Beyond ingredients, the equipment used in cooking the pizza can make all the difference. Choosing the right pizza oven is a key element in creating perfect pizza. Amongst the pizza ovens available in the market, brick ovens and electric/gas ovens are the most popular ones. Brick ovens are commonly used in the pizza making industry, because the result is a crispy crust. Electric pizza ovens are fast and convenient. We played with a few that could work in the tiniest kitchens and came up with two we liked best.
There are portable pizza ovens that offer the same key features of a hand-made brick pizza oven. They are convenient and don’t take up too much space. We found one that works wonders; the Wimmeley PD601 PizzaDome Portable Italian Brick Pizza Oven. For me, it’s like a mini version of an Italian brick oven. This pizza dome is easy to use. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it on, pre-heat for 10 to 15 minutes before place your pizza dough inside. Baking time usually runs no longer than 8 minutes, but you can check your pizza from time to time to avoid over baking.
Unlike the earlier mentioned pizza dome, the New Pizzazz Pizza Oven is a countertop pizza oven for pizzas from ready-made frozen dough. It also worked wonders when re-heating cold pizzas. The nice thing about this oven, is that it does not require any preheating since it rotates, heats up, and bakes as soon as you turn it on. Another key feature of this pizza oven is that you can customize its heating properties according to the type and size of pizza that you are going to bake or the result that you want to get. You can bake it by using both the top and bottom heating elements, leaving the bottom heating element to produce a more crispy crust finish. If you want the toppings to get a little done but don’t want to overcook your dough, leave it baking with the top heating element for a few minutes. What makes this pizza oven extra handy is that you can place other food items alongside your pizza if you want to re-heat it. Its non-stick features also make it easy to clean after use. The Presto 03430 Pizzazz Pizza Oven may not promise you the same flavors and textures as a brick oven can bring, but this tool is definitely gives convenience and saves you lots of time when making yourself, your family or your friends a little pizza dish.