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Rocciarm 09-04-2008 09:42 AM

How to gain experience?
I am currently doing a ton of research on opening a napoletana style pizzeria. My main concern is gaining the experience necessary to consistently make good pizza. I am going to take the one week course in Los Angeles, but after that how would I practice? Has anyone purchased a cheaper wood fired oven to practice with before opening a pizzeria? Thanks for any advice.

PIZZAMANMIKE 09-04-2008 11:07 AM

Re: How to gain experience?
I don't know of any cheap Wood Fired Ovens, and I do not recall see any used wood fired ovens for sale cheap or for sale at all.
I bought a Forno Bravo Casa 80 about 4 years ago, I practiced in it for about 6 months, learned a lot, hands on is better than any school or book. I now have a few mobile trailers with the FB Casa 100's on them and will be building my first resturant in AZ. and it will have two FB Casa 110's in it. I SAY SKIP SCHOOL AND PUT AN OVEN IN YOUR BACKYARD AND PRACTICE.

Rocciarm 09-04-2008 11:16 AM

Re: How to gain experience?
Thanks! I appreciate your advice.

peterlyn 11-03-2008 07:59 PM

Re: How to gain experience?
Pizzamanmike, I'm considering using one of Forno Brava Casa ovens for a trailer set-up too. Given your experience, is the 100 the size you would recommend buying? Any other advive on building on a trailer - we're in Western Canada so no threat! :)

PIZZAMANMIKE 11-10-2008 07:16 AM

Re: How to gain experience?
The Case 90 is best for a Catering Trailer, I just did a Fundraiser for the United Way and we put out over 200 8" pies in 2 hours. On a Mobile unit I would go witgh A Casa 100 or 110 as yuo would sell slices and 16" pies.
I will help you anytime just shoot me an email.

telehort 11-18-2008 10:21 PM

Re: How to gain experience?
The mobile oven I got through Joseph at The Fire Within is the Premio 100. That has bee a good size for my needs. As pizzamanmike stated, I have also been able to push about 200 8" pizzas in about 2 hours at some local vending events we have been doing.

tombomb 01-20-2009 04:34 PM

Re: How to gain experience?
i built my oun because thats me, but for six months i made pizzas and gave them to an orfanage. a year later still learning, but customers understand. my worst is still far above above a modern oven.

if you want you can work my oven on a weekend. im in iowa

Archena 01-20-2009 05:18 PM

Re: How to gain experience?
Um, it is possible to make a very inexpensive oven in only a few days. If all you want to do is practice, why not make a cob/clay oven? All you need is clay, straw and sand - none of which cost much.

I'm planning on building a cob oven (as soon as I own my own place... sigh) so I've done a lot of reading. I can post a few links if you like. Also, if you can track down the back issue, Grit did an article with instructions about it back in October.

Xabia Jim 01-20-2009 10:06 PM

Re: How to gain experience?
One part of the job is making the dough and building the pizza. The other part is building the fire, heat management and cooking pizza's in the WFO.

I know that another member, CJ provides a cooking school near Toronto that includes making Pizza and cooking in a WFO.

Also, there is an ebook for free from the FB store.

Good Luck

pizzacrazy 11-19-2009 01:17 AM

Re: How to gain experience?
I like your answer bro pizzamikeman.. i think it's the useful of the topic here.

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