The Journey Every Oven Takes from Naples, Italy to Our Restaurants
At Pizza90, making pizza is truly our specialty. We try to set ourselves apart from other pizza chains by the amount of time we invest in serving quality pizzas. This all begins with the ovens that we choose to cook our pizzas in.
Wood-fired ovens make a huge difference in the overall quality of pizza that the consumer tastes. While these ovens are not inexpensive, and may be unrealistic to add to a home, we believe that they are important for crafting the best possible pizzas on a daily basis. Wood-fired ovens are unique, as the temperature is manually manipulated in order to cook the perfect tasting pizza. Our cooks know just the temperatures so that each pizza comes out not too hard, but not too soft.
If your house and finances do allow for a wood-fired oven in your house, we highly recommend them! Not only can you cook yummy pizzas, but also much more. Wood-fired ovens are a great alternative to barbequing, as they provide that smoke-finished flavor to many dishes. You can also opt for ovens of many different sizes so that they fit comfortably into a space.
Wood-fired ovens are also fairly simple to operate, as you just light a fire inside using a conventional firelighter and let the inside of the oven heat up. The food is then placed directly onto the base of the stove and cooked to taste from there. For our pizzas, we find that a wood-fired oven provides the crispiness of the crust, without drying it out. It is interesting to also observe the ways that pizzas are made across the world, as most of them are made in wood-fired ovens. In the Persian Gulf, wood-fired ovens are called ‘masonry ovens’ and in India, they are called ‘tandoors.’ While they may be a little pricier of an initial investment when compared to a classic oven, wood-fired ovens are also known to last for many years and to maintain quality.
To use a wood-fired oven, it is important to note that it typically takes about an hour to an hour and a half to heat up. From there, a fire is lit inside while keeping the chimney door open so that gas is able to exit the oven. The heat spreads throughout the oven using radiation and the walls of the oven absorb the heat. The oven will typically be hotter towards the ceiling compared to on the floors, due to the convection current.
Once the embers are swept to the side, the door and chimney of the oven can be closed and the food can be cooked. Typically, the food is cooked at around eight hundred degrees Fahrenheit, or four hundred and twenty-five degrees Celsius. Thin pizzas will usually be cooked within ninety seconds, due to this high temperature. Typically, the oven will remain hot for around six hours, depending on the thickness of the walls within the oven. An advantage to this oven is that there is very minimal cleaning, as most residual foods burn off in the heat. At Pizza90, we are passionate about our wood-fired ovens and believe they provide quality taste.