The role of pizza ovens in determining the flavor of the food, especially pizza, surpasses that of ingredients, sauces, and other components. Selecting an ideal residential pizza oven for your home can be a challenging task due to the multitude of options available in the market.
The extensive range of choices including gas pizza ovens, wood-fired pizza ovens, countertop variations, portable models, and commercial-grade options can be overwhelming to navigate.
Features to look out for
- Timer Function: While standalone kitchen timers are available, advanced pizza ovens come equipped with built-in timers that automatically switch off upon completing the cooking cycle. Standard pizza oven timers serve the purpose of notifying you when the cooking time elapses, which is particularly convenient when managing multiple dishes simultaneously.
- Temperature Display: Knowing that the oven has reached the desired temperature before cooking is crucial, as heat can dissipate quickly when the oven door is opened. Pizza ovens featuring a temperature display ensure consistent cooking results every time.
- Stone Base: Often referred to as a fire stone or baking stone, these bases are typically crafted from porous stone or ceramic materials that absorb moisture, ensuring a crisp base while preventing burning. To replicate this effect, separate pizza stones can be purchased and utilized in various appropriately sized ovens.
- Glass Doors: For ovens positioned in customer-facing areas, glass doors provide visibility, allowing customers to observe their pizzas as they cook, adding a sense of anticipation. Additionally, these doors enable monitoring of the cooking process, reducing wastage.
- Aesthetics: Often overlooked, the appearance of a pizza oven can carry significant importance, especially in customer-facing spaces.
What to consider while getting a countertop pizza oven?
- Pizza Type: If you have specific preferences for your pizza’s texture or style, it’s essential to ensure that your oven can deliver the desired outcome. For instance, deck ovens excel in crafting deep-pan Chicago-style pizzas with hearty toppings, while conveyor ovens are better suited for thin-crust pizzas adorned with lighter toppings.
- Power Source: Ensure your oven aligns with your kitchen’s setup, whether it operates on gas or electricity. Electric pizza ovens are commonly available in single or three-phase versions, while gas-powered ones can use either natural mains gas or liquid propane “bottled” gas.
- Pro Tip: If opting for an electric oven, consider referencing the single-phase versus three-phase electricity guide for assistance.
- Size: Pizza ovens vary widely in size, ranging from surprisingly compact to substantially large. Hence, it’s crucial to review the dimensions before purchase to ascertain its compatibility with your kitchen space. Additionally, consider the oven’s height, especially if stacking multiple units is part of your plan—ensuring ease of access for your staff to the top deck.
- Stands: Pizza ovens are typically designed for countertop use or as freestanding units. If selecting a freestanding model, confirm whether the stand is included. Optional stands are usually available separately, often listed under the accessories] section on product web pages.
- Output/Capacity: Match the oven’s listed pizza capacity with your anticipated demand, as the needs of a bustling pizzeria on a busy weekend greatly differ from those of a rural café. Capacity also indicates the maximum pizza size the oven can accommodate.
- Efficiency: High-powered pizza ovens generally attain higher temperatures and faster cooking times. However, it’s wise to consider the balance between performance and the unit’s operating costs over time. Energy-efficient ovens might yield significant savings in running costs.
- Warranty: Most commercial pizza ovens come with at least a one-year warranty suitable for business use. Nevertheless, it’s advisable to verify the duration of the warranty, as some ovens may offer longer guarantees
- Weight: Mobility might be a factor, particularly for mobile or event catering operations. Commercial ovens can be substantial and unwieldy, influencing transportation expenses and placement considerations. Consider the weight as a critical factor in your purchasing decision.
Fontana Forni countertop pizza ovens stand as a testament to Italian craftsmanship, meticulously constructed from start to finish by skilled artisans. Over four decades ago, Fontana Forni led the way in introducing some of the initial outdoor pizza ovens tailored for residential purposes. With a commitment to durability, Fontana Forni’s countertop pizza ovens are designed to endure, consistently delivering impeccably prepared food throughout numerous seasons—a guarantee they proudly stand behind.