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Was wondering how long it takes someone with no experience to use a Brick Oven to make satisfactory pizza.
90 seconds to 3 minutes depending on how hot your oven is. but learning to make the perfect dough requires a lifetime. btw, no matter what, my first pizza (during any pizza making session) always comes out less than satisfactory. i just chalk it up to the pizza gods demanding a sacrifice...
I think you can make a pizza that you like the first time you fire a brick oven, and you improve from there. The high-end pizzaiolos and instructors always tell me that learning to make great pizza takes a lifetime, and that they are always improving -- that is the highest level of the craft. There are professional pizzaiolo classes you can take, both in Italy and the states.
I would also venture that after a solid week of practice -- you could make a great deal of progress.
One thing I also think about when I see poorly run brick ovens in restaurants -- keep your oven hot and cook 2-3 minutes pizzas. There's nothing worse than a 5 minute wood-fired pizza. I think they come out dry, tough and chewy. It's a waste of a nice oven. :-)
The heat is key! My "first time", anxiety got the best of me (I'm talking about pizza...)ha! I slipped the pizza in too soon... the results were still O.K. During the last three months, once a week or so, each result consistently got better. Definitely worth the wait no matter how long it takes.
Great pizza, a cold beer,a great cigar and great friends...my idea of a great time
Are you looking for a series of good high-end lessons for a home oven, or for opening a Pizzeria? I have some good leads on both. Forno Bravo will be offering pizza oven lessons for home owners in Healdsburg (NorCal) starting in the next couple of weeks through a partnership with an excellent wine country chef.
We can also arrange professional classes in the states with Italian pizzaiolo trainers. I have a couple of opinions on various schools that I can share off-line. If you can drop me an email, we can go into it a little further.
There are also some very good Italian schools that we can recommend -- both for home owners and restaurant owners.