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Pancetta and Doming

Jul 22, 2020

Two weeks ago, I posted information on wood and the flavor characteristics that the different woods can impart in the overall flavor of the pizza.  This week, as a follow-up, I wanted to talk a little about “doming” the pizza during the cooking process. To “dome” the pizza or “doming” is the practice of lifting the pizza off the hearth and holding it close to the dome for a short... Read More

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Making Pan Pizza Dough Using a Poolish Starter by Chef Leo

Jun 22, 2020

While thin crust pizza is delicious, deep dish pizza also continues to create fans around the country. A great, master, slow-fermented dough can be used for several different pizza styles. Grandma Style, Sicilian Style, and Detroit Style are just a few! Creating this master dough is all about developing the flavors over time. The addition of a poolish starter to a basic dough recipe elevates it to a whole new... Read More

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Maestro Vito Iacopelli Demonstrates Pizza Making in a Vesuvio Oven

Mar 20, 2020

We’re channeling our inner Italian today by sharing this fun and informative video by Maestro Vito Iacopelli. Born in Bari, Italy, he currently hails from Los Angeles. The Maestro has made a great how-to video for preparing a pizza with organic purple potato cream sauce, mozzarella,  sausage, fennel, and mushrooms using a friend’s wood and gas fired Vesuvio Maestro Vito has officially been a pizzaiolo since 1993, and a master chef... Read More

Naan Bread

Feb 24, 2020

Naan Bread is a versatile form of flat bread that has its roots in India and the Middle East. It is also super easy to make in a wood fired oven! This recipe for Lavender and Fennel Pollen Naan Bread is a gourmet adaptation of the basic recipe and brought to us by Chef Ryan Kirby of Wisconsin. Chef Kirby has a passion for making dishes with local, fresh ingredients. You can... Read More

Grilled Chicken and Blackberries

Blackberry BBQ Chicken

Jan 10, 2020

Wendy O’Neal is a mother, blogger, author of multiple cookbooks, and proud owner of a Casa110 wood fired oven. Live Fire BBQ and Beyond is her latest cookbook. It was released in 2019. You can find her Casa oven featured in several of the recipes and photographs in the book. All of Wendy’s dishes are rigorously taste tested by her family and fans, so you know they are good! One... Read More

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Sausage and Gorgonzola Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Jan 09, 2020

About the Chef: Chef Anthony Iannone is the co-founder of the North American Pizza and Culinary Academy (NAPCA) in Lisle, IL (just outside of Chicago.) Originally from Queens, New York, Chef Anthony is an experienced chef who has worked in many high-end restaurants around the country, and the world! Now, as a chef instructor at the school, he specializes in teaching wood fired cooking, and many other dishes and styles.... Read More

Infused Olive Oils

Dec 17, 2019

Olive oil, one of our most versatile ingredients, comes from the most cultivated tree in the world. It can be used in many different ways and can be transformed into something that will complement a dish, and add more depth of flavor. As you see in this video, I will be demonstrating the basics of infusing extra virgin Olive Oil with other flavors. Once you have mastered the basics, you... Read More

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Fire Roasted Eggplant Dip

Oct 30, 2019

Autumn is my favorite season—cooler temperatures, longer nights and best of all: harvest! Eggplant is among the best of the bounty. Delicious dips such as baba ghanouj (also called baba ghanoush) and muttabal are mainly roasted eggplant, with most recipes placing the fruit directly on a gas burner and roasting until the skin cracks. What better candidate for the wood fired oven? I picked up four eggplants to roast in... Read More

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Wood Fired Roasted Vegetables

Sep 17, 2019

This yummy fall recipe is from our Forno Bravo dealer/installer friends at The ARCH Architectural Finishes, Flooring and More. “The cooler evenings are perfect for roasting, grilling, baking, and watching the glow! Enjoy this Sunday-night side dish of roasted vegetables made in our Forno Bravo Casa2G90 wood fired oven.” *Chef’s Note: Timing is everything with this recipe. You will be cooking similar items together in a progression, so that everything... Read More

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