OK, so I fired up the brick pizza oven this past weekend. It was all new to me so I worried about how to fire the oven and make the dough (by hand). I worked on the toppings to use and how close to the fire to put the pizza. I read a lot on line at sites like Forno Bravo, and had a lot of ideas, maybe too many. But experience is a great teacher, and I got pretty good at making pizza in the oven after a few tries. Everyone who dropped by our house got a chance to make their own pizza and watch it cook in the brick oven.
Here is a video of the first firing and the making of that first pizza (look for the "Notes Floats My Boat" Lotusphere koozi in the video):
The $1,000 Pizza
As my son Dominic and I were admiring our first pizza creation, I joked with him that we were eating a $1,000 pizza. He asked me how this one pizza could cost $1,000? Well, below I have a tally of the costs it took to make that first pizza.
Dominic and Frank admiring a $1,000 pizza.
Here are the details of the $1,000 Pizza:
But it was worth every penny in the fun we all had!
|250 fire bricks|
|640 pounds (8 bags) Cement and mortar|
|Wood for arch frame|
|Wood for firing the Oven|
|1/2 cord wood|
|60" pizza peel|
|60" fire poker|
|60" whisk broom|
|Total for one pizza:|