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2020 Summer Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Aug 28, 2020Posted by Forno Bravo

With so many choices in our 2020 Summer Photo Contest, it was hard to pick our favorites. (i.e. our judges were asked to pick their top ten photos, and one sent back a list of 46! Yes, we made them go back and narrow down their list, but it just goes to show how good the images were.) So, to honor the effort that went into these entries and builds, we have decided to create a selection of Honorable Mentions, in addition to the top winners. We appreciate everyone who participated in the contest, who send us photos year-round, and who do so much to enhance our wood fired community.

*The honorees will be receiving a small, Forno Bravo-themed gift within the next month as a thank you for their work. And who knows? We may have another set of honorable mentions to award in September as well, so stay tuned! πŸ™‚

So, with no further adieu, let us introduce you to our eight August Honorable Mentions, their stories, and some of their beautiful photo submissions! Enjoy!


John Katsoudas – Vesuvio100 – Los Gatos, CA

“We absolutely love entertaining with our Forno Bravo Vesuvio100. Summer “friends and family” pizza nights are always a great time, and the oven is the focal point of our outdoor entertaining space.”

bi-pic of chef and oven-set table and oven

Getting ready for a big party.

Vesuvio100 pizza oven

The custom tile work on this Vesuvio100 really pops!

Boni Caine of Red Truck Pizza – Viaggio110 Mobile Drop-In – Minneapolis, MN

“We bought the oven to put on a 1952 Dodge Farm grain truck. We turned the old farm truck into a wood burning pizza oven food truck. We love to go to car shows, graduation parties, and wedding venues and sell pizza! We love how perfectly the oven cooks the pizzas. And we love hearing the reviews from our customers.”

viaggio pizza oven in a food truck

Love this themed food truck that really is a truck!

Juan Fernando Ojeda – Premio2G100 – Fresno, CA

“What I really like about my Forno Bravo are the family reunions, the moments when my wife and son see the delicious dishes we prepare on it, as well as the delicious taste of the wood fire oven. Now, our garden looks beautiful. We really love our Forno Bravo.”

pizza oven-arbor-fence

The whole garden is transformed to feel like a trip to Italy!

pizza oven with brick enclosure

A close up of the Premio’s Tuscan-style enclosure.

Nathalie & Michael Byrne – Napolino 60 – Nashville, TN

“We are loving our Forno Bravo pizza oven here in Nashville, TN. Our inspiration is the pizza we ate on our honeymoon in Italy- it took some practice, but we think we have finally been able to replicate the taste. The thing we love the most about our oven is our Saturday night ritual of lighting the oven and making a delicious pizza together – it fosters togetherness and is quickly becoming one of our favorite activities to do as a family. As you can see, our Golden Retriever, Lou, has joined in on the fun and is an eager receiver of any and all table scraps. Many thanks to Forno Bravo for their creation of our beautiful oven.”

Napolino oven-dog

Lou agrees, this oven is tons of fun!

Mark and Barbara Galantowicz – Tuscana80 Dome – Wilmington, VT

“We built a new house around the pizza oven. The house is not done yet, but we have used the pizza oven multiple times already! Mark had his first wood-fired pizza in Tuscany with a friend about 15 years ago. He was hooked and this has been a dream ever since. It is now a reality and becoming a family tradition. We have an Italian theme going with an Italian chef’s hat, Italian music, and of course, Chianti. We have several people in the family with Celiac disease and we have used your Gluten free recipe. Others did not notice …. “

bi-pic-male chef-food-italian hat-white toscana oven

Mark G. has the joy of cooking for family and friends down to an art form!

white domed Toscana oven-stone wall- night ski

Night skies and pizza domes make the perfect, magical combination.

Mike Pollock – Custom/Pompeii – Rising Fawn, GA

“Sorry to say it’s not one of your ovens. We built this oven over the course of about 1 year. We used many images from your site as inspiration, and still use some of your recipes to this day. We were inspired by wood fired ovens seen in the mountains of Argentina and throughout Italy. My brother is interested in building an oven and I’ve pointed him towards Forno Bravo for ideas, inspiration, and the possibility of using one of your modular designs.”

Pompeii brick oven with stone enclosure

This oven is so sturdy and the rock work is so detailed, it really draws you in.

bi-pic of oven in field

The setting for this oven is peaceful and serene at any time of day.

Andy Martin of – Casa2G100 – Sydney, AUS

This submission came from Oven Masters, Forno Bravo’s Australian dealer.

“Our customer wanted an oven that could feature both indoors and outdoors visibility with the look of a commercial Napoli oven. This was the creative result.”

black tiled Casa100 pizza oven with fire

The front view of this unique residential oven styled to look like a Napoli commercial oven.

bi-pic of tiled pizza oven-inside and outside installation

The unique “Inside/outside” installation makes this oven perfect for 4-season use!

Joe Criscuolo – Vesuvio100 with a custom finish – Darien, ConnecticutΒ  (Volcano)

“My inspiration came from my trips to Italy, where an outdoor Pizza oven is often the center attraction of any backyard. Nothing is better than a group circling the oven and waiting to taste the outcome of all the hard work.”

grey tiled volcano style pizza oven

The “Volcano” look is a custom option for the Vesuvio oven. We think this one turned out terrific with the complimentary grey stone setting!


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