Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pizza Ovens Are Hot for the Kitchen or Backyard

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pizza Ovens Are Hot for the Kitchen or Backyard

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LAS VEGAS - Pizza Hut is fine when you feel like going out. But pizza home is the newest trend, with pizza ovens designed for the kitchen or backyard. This spring, one of the most recognizable names in home appliances will go after a piece of that pie when GE Monogram starts selling a $10,000 electric, residential wall model designed to fit into the space of a standard 30-inch wall oven.

"We saw a considerable market gap when it came to the available at-home options for pizza enthusiasts and home chefs, said Wayne Davis, commercial leader at FirstBuild, a subsidiary of GE Appliances.

GE fired up its oven and cooked pizza in the middle of the Las Vegas Convention Center at this year's recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

Sure, their professional chef made it look easy, but like most people, I'd never used a pizza oven. I didn't even know that the tool used to pull pizza in and out of the oven is called a "peel.

Wondering what it's like to use a pizza oven at home, I gave a propane-powered, outdoor, countertop Napoli Pizza Oven from Lynx Grills a try.

Like others, the Napoli has a stainless exterior, a pizza stone, and a stone-like interior designed to reflect heat like a brick oven. It requires about 30 minutes or so to heat to an internal temperature of 700 degrees or more.

After that, a Neapolitan-style pizza should cook in a matter of minutes, but the ovens also can be adjusted to cook other styles of pizza and calzone.

The Napoli was at the mercy of the elements, and my experiment was interrupted by high winds and cool ambient temperature. Working around the environmental curveballs and my own inexperience, I eventually made some misshapen pies that were certainly better than frozen, with a nice crunchy crust. But whether it was the recipe or the receptacle, they weren't quite on par with the ones from my favorite pizzeria, where pizza-making has been a family tradition for generations. …

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