This Stylish Outdoor Pizza Oven Is Perfect For Your Backyard
Make the best tasting pizzas at home, as well as superb steaks, roasts and more
If you want to learn to make pizza like a pizzaiolo (a bona fide Neapolitan pizza maker), then you'll need a bona fide pizza oven. Good thing we found the Ooni Pizza Oven, a sleek portable pizza oven that's stylish, easy to use, and won't take up too much space in your backyard (or even balcony). It's just what you need to make super delicious restaurant-level pizzas that will impress your family, even if you're an amateur home cook (like me).
A pizza oven is a very different animal from your ordinary kitchen oven. It must be able to reach insanely high temperatures (as high as 450°C or 800°F) to achieve a beautifully charred crust. And wood fire gives your pizza wonderful flavor unmatched by anything produced in a standard oven (there's a whole conversation on how different wood types, from soft to hard woods, produce different flavors in pizza). The super high heat allows pizza to be cooked in just a few minutes, so its nutrients and flavors are not depleted.
Because it has to deliver so much, most pizza ovens are pretty expensive. Which makes Ooni pizza ovens a unicorn among pizza ovens because it comes at friendly prices and is portable, too. As for its pizza producing capabilities, just look at this lovely Neapolitan-style pizza with its crusty exterior and soft chewy center. This is the kind of pizza an Ooni pizza oven can produce for you:
Ooni owes much to its design engineering. The upper shell redirects heat inwards to its super hot surface, allowing it to achieve the necessary 800 degrees (500 degrees for a New York style pizza). All Ooni ovens reach up to 932°F (500°C) and come with a cordierite stone to ensure each pizza is fire and stone baked. The extreme heat of the oven can make pizzas and much more in a minute.
The roomy cooking surface lets you to check on how the pizza sides are rising. All Ooni ovens also have foldable legs and are light enough to be portable, so you can bring it with you anywhere to enjoy with family and friends. It even comes with a carrying case! And it's pretty easy to set up and use. You can choose between three models.
The Ooni Karu 12 is a wood or charcoal-powered oven, although you can also use gas if you purchase an additional gas attachment. It’s lightweight and portable, best for camping and beach trips!
The Ooni Koda 12 is a lightweight and highly portable gas-powered oven that is very easy to bring around anywhere.
The Ooni Koda 16 is the largest gas-powered oven with a signature L-shaped flame. It fits up to 16-inch pizzas, and is perfect for cooking large cuts of meat, chicken, vegetables and more.
Just as with any gadget, there’s a slight learning curve so a little patience is necessary. And although it's technically a pizza oven, it's pretty versatile too, so feel free to throw in a few steaks or roasts. All in all, the perfect addition to your backyard space.
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