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2021 Summer Photo Contest Honorable Mentions – Fantastic Food Photos

Oct 29, 2021Posted by Forno Bravo

Pizza, pizza, and more pizza! There were so many great shots of our favorite food to choose from in this year’s contest that we decided to make a special honorable mention category for just food photos. It covered pizza (of course,) but there were beautiful shots of other types of foods too, like lamb chops, chicken, and even an octopus dish! Enjoy these photos. They will make you yearn to go eat some great wood fired food right now!!! 

Thomas Gaertner – Door County, WI – Toscana80

Terrific outdoor entertainment venue

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Pizza baking is a family affair at the Gaertner house.

Michael Carrara – Newton, NJ – Casa2G110

My Great Grandfather who came over from Italy had a Pizza oven and I can remember cooking and making wine him…The pizza oven has been the center attraction in my backyard every weekend since it was completed. I use it all year long to cook not only Pizza, but Bread, Roasts, Soups, you name it! If you can cook it in an oven, you can cook it over fire.

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When Michael says, he cooks everything, he means EVERYTHING! (Even octopus!)

David Skabar – Okanagan, BC, Canada – Vesuvio100

Nothing quite like lakeside wood fired pizza and bread!!

Bread-Tiled Oven-Lake

Oh, cheesy bread! So much yumminess!

Patrick Waylon – Southern California – Casa2G100

After finding out through DNA results that I’m 60% Italian, and having used one of your ovens at a friend’s house many years ago. I promised myself that I would someday have a wood burning oven. I researched many options and all recommendations kept coming back to Forno Bravo. I love the oven I chose and am particularly proud to have built it myself. I would highly recommend Forno Bravo for anyone looking for a quality wood burning oven.

Chicken two ways

Patrick knows how to make a feast! This is chicken perfection.

Daniel Baker – Nashville, TN – Casa2G80

Inspiration is big family gatherings, eating amazing food that you know was made well. We wanted to have an outdoor oven where we could pick the herbs we’re growing as we cook, be surrounded by our garden, and be surrounded by family. The Forno Bravo oven is perfect for that.

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These lamb chops will make your mouth water for sure!

Alesio Cicchelli – Bolton, Ontario, Canada – Giardino

I love my oven as it is a central part of my outdoor kitchen and brings our family and friends together. Every time I fire it up, it becomes a special event. I have used it for pizzas, bread, fish, steak, basically everything. I don’t know of anything I currently own that brings me so much joy!

tripic of wood fired pizza

These pizzas are masterpieces. Delicious!

David Huff – Silver Spring, MD – Giardino70

My wife and I made our oven with our parents last fall and we have loved every minute. My wife has been cooking bread, pizzas, stews, corn, roasted veggies (many types), berry crisps and more…. The best part is the fact we spend more time as a family relaxing outside and inviting friends over than we ever have in the past. It truly was the best DIY project to date!

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Flavored olive oil is a luxury that is easy to make in a wood fired oven. So much flavor! So much dipping fun!

Nick & Laurie Barbin – Santa Cruz, CA – Casa2G90

I had always envisioned having a wood fired pizza oven in my backyard since my wife Laurie and I love to entertain friends and family. Based on a lot of research, I decided on the Casa 90G kit and within a few weeks the pallet was sitting on my driveway.  I’m very happy at how well it turned out and especially pleased at how well it cooks pizzas.

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Nick’s smile says it all. Pizza making is just plain fun!

Gerard Pozzi – Connecticut – Medio28

Aside from being a gorgeous piece of equipment, my pizza oven turns out some of the best pizza I (and my friends and family) have ever had. The build quality is amazing and there is absolutely no better feeling on earth than firing up the oven, watching it heat up, and bringing people you love over and cooking for them.

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The Bella can really build a flame!

Tim Ritter – Bend, OR – Casa2G90

Our oven is the centerpiece of our outdoor space. It’s the oven and its enchanting flames that friends and neighbors gravitate to whenever they come over. It’s around the oven that the family sits, giddy for the next pizza to come out. It’s to the oven we go the next morning to watch grandma bake her bread or check on dad’s frittata. The joy of wood-fired cooking has made cooking together and eating together central to our family’s life, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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A little snow doesn’t slow this home chef down. Bring on the pizza!

Marco Coppola – Colleyville, TX – Vesuvio90

My parents were from Naples, Italy, and every summer, we’d visit family. My earliest memory of pizza Napoletana was at a small pizzeria on Via Salvatore Rosa. I watched in awe and studied the pizzaiolo as he made perfection. So, for the past 10 years, I have been on a quest to make Vera Pizza Napoletana…Behold,”Partenope.”

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Prime Pizza in a Beautiful Vesuvio


Want more? CLICK HERE to see the top three winners of this year’s photo contest or HERE for our Honorable Mentions in the Oven Catagory.


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