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A Girl and her Dragon Wood Fired Catering – Coming Soon

Mobile Casting oven for A Girl and her Dragon, plus founder Kylie

Mobile Casting oven for A Girl and her Dragon, plus founder Kylie

Kylie, as part of her Nueva School’s “Quest” program has decided to launch a Wood Fired Catering Business!  A Girl and her Dragon Wood Fired Pizza.  The Quest program give students the opportunity to pursue their own interests throughout their high school experience.

Forno Bravo is proud to support young entrepreneur Kylie as she seeks to launch her very own wood fired catering company.  A Girl and Her Dragon Pizza will be launching May 7th as part of her school’s Quest night and already has ten events lined up this summer.

Below is a picture of Kylie next to her trailer manufactured by Il Pizzaoilo in Sacramento. Il Pizzaoilo used a Casa 90 wood fired pizza oven kit to keep the trailer weight low, but provide enough volume to support small to mid sized events.

Kylie got her first taste of how wonderful the nationwide pizza oven community is at The Fire Within’s February 2015 workshop and knows the Forno Bravo blog will reach all those great people and more.

 Kylie’s first event is scheduled for May 7th in Northern California, so lets all wish her luck!

Kylie has graciously agreed to become a contributor on the Forno Bravo Blog detailing adventures into wood fired catering, so stay tuned, we will give you an update when we are closer to launching.  So please subscribe to our Blog and track Kylie’s journey.

The second picture is the Dragon, in full flight (okay, maybe day three of the cure process isn’t a fully grown dragon, but its close).  Forno Bravo will finish curing Kylie’s oven next week so stay tuned.


Mobile Pizza Oven Catering Craze

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Forno Bravo wood fire pizza oven used with The Fire Within mobile catering workshop

Have you ever been to a festival or farmer’s market where there was a pizza vendor using a wood fire oven?  Most likely there was a swarm of people lined up to buy a hot, crispy pizza as fast as they could come out of the oven which makes pizza oven mobile catering a successful business venture.  This success has led to a mobile pizza oven catering craze!  A Forno Bravo partner, The Fire Within, provides a turnkey solution for people who are interested in developing a mobile catering business using Forno Bravo wood-fired ovens.  This month they will be holding their 28th workshop in Broomfield, CO.  The “Getting Started” workshop has taught hundreds of people a method of starting a mobile pizza catering business that helps to eliminate common mistakes a startup can often make.  A unique benefit of the workshop is the continued support attendees have from other participants as they share their experiences and knowledge of mobile catering.

Using Forno Bravo ovens, these soon-to-be pizzaiolos gain hands-on oven training and learn the intricacies of pizza dough making, the details of business operations and how to leverage effective marketing strategies.  Their proprietary business plan, “Rolling in the Dough”, can be purchased by itself, but anyone interested in this business model would do themselves a favor by attending the workshop.  It’s three days of non-stop business planning and wood-fired cooking.  Not only do you go through the business plan, but you get hands-on experience with the actual equipment you will be using.  They even bring in practicing wood-fired caterers for a Q & A session so you can learn from their experiences.

The Fire Within isn’t a franchise; they teach the business model for people to create their own individual business identity.  Brava, Texas Pizza Wagon, Epicurean Catering, Firevine, Jack’s Famous, Touched by Fire and Pizza Amore! are just a few of the names owners have chosen.

Not only does The Fire Within teach the mobile wood fire oven catering business, they also sell the pizza oven trailer using Forno Bravo ovens.  Depending on the individual’s business plan, they offer an extensive selection of standard oven trailers all the way up to a fully customizable 16 ft. for high end caterers.  The oven trailers meet all safety and sanitary requirements with Intertek, NATM, NSF and UL certifications.

If the thought of creating your own mobile pizza oven catering business has crossed your mind, look into the Getting Started Workshop from The Fire Within at .  What will you call your mobile pizza business?

Thanks to Feedback from Dealers / Customers on our prints

To the Forno Bravo faithful, we appreciate the feedback and suggestions regarding our print layouts for our wood fired oven kits.  Many of our technical support calls over the years have been because our prints were more about oven use, then install.  That is changing!  We are in the process of updating all our drawings to provide Architectural views for Designers / Installers as well as key component parts.

We are confident that our customers and their contractors will find this new format much friendlier and, as always we welcome input / suggestions.  Just email us at

When each oven family’s prints are ready, we will keep you posted with Forum announcements.

The Casa and Premio series ovens are all done and ready on our website.  They are under the “Dimensions” tab on the main site.

We are working on the Giardino ovens now and then the commercial products.

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Key improvements include:

  • A nice clean visual of the Front, Side and Top view of the oven with all the installed components layered.  This came from all our customers suggestions;
  • We added the minimum recommended foot print for the installation.  This assumes that your pizza oven install is going to use stucco and not a thick structure to enclose it.  Thank you to Home Pizzeria Ovens of Florida / New Hampshire for that suggestion.
  • Insulation and Flue specifications are clearly identified.
  • Ship weight and crate size are listed in the bottom left to make planning for a delivery easier courtesy of Outdoor Pizza Ovens in Canada.
  • Minimum clearances to combustibles are clearly identified in the top view thanks to The Arch in North Carolina;
  • Hearth specification is listed for convenience so you don’t have to refer to the install guide when planning;
  • A Decorative Facade Allowances chart is included to give you an estimate on how different appearances may increase your foot print.

Designing the World’s Finest Pizza Oven into your home keeps getting easier.

Thanks again and have a great Spring planning your project!

Forno Bravo Operations Team


Napoli oven in Mobile Catering Application

This photo was recently shared with us by our friends with Concession Nation in Florida.

Another mobile catering trailer built using a Napoli 120 wood oven.

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Concession Nation’s Roma style Mobile Catering oven

This oven was produced by our friends in Ft Lauderdale – Concession Nation.

The oven installed is from our Roma Product line, modified and installed into Concession Nation’s unique mobile catering trailer.

To learn more about their Roma style mobile catering solution, click here.

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New Showroom in Salinas Facility is done


Our showroom in Salinas is up to date and better than ever! We will be shooting a walk through video and updating our website photos, but below is a quick preview for 2015!

Not depicted, but available in our Showroom:  Professional 110, Primavera 60, Roma 120 with Gas Assist capable of full demonstration by appointment.

Happy Holidays

Residential Assembled ovens

Residential Assembled ovens Left to Right Artigiano on custom Cucina stand, Toscana 90 Hipped and Andiamo 70

Napolino 70 with custom Forno Bravo Logo tiled

Napolino 70 with custom Forno Bravo Logo tiled

Casa 80 showing the different stages of installation

Casa 80 showing the different stages of installation

Bella Medio 28 on Pizza Island with Pizza Kit ingredients

Bella Medio 28 on Pizza Island with Pizza Kit ingredients

Casa 90 Kit, our most popular unit

Casa 90 Kit, our most popular unit

Commercial Support portal

For those of you who own / operate a business using a Forno Bravo oven, we have been adding a lot of support content to our website.  It isn’t linked on the main page, but you can access this documentation through our support portal.

There is a lot of great content in their including manuals, FAQs and Preventive Maintenance procedures.  We will announce new content as it goes up.

The most recent addition is “Procedure – How to Clean your Burner Assembly.”