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A Girl and Her Dragon – She’s on Fire!

Jul 05, 2016

The bright side is that, as of the writing of this latest blog, I haven’t set anything on fire that I wasn’t supposed to. I am not going to lie; there have been a few close calls. Turns out burning cornstarch will adhere to a pizza peel and turn a 6-foot cooking implement into a temporary torch. Evidently supposedly dead coals can flare up when brought out of the oven... Read More

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A Girl and Her Dragon – Quest Night #2: The Re-Cheesening

May 19, 2016

Yes, I have gone to the dark side of cheesy (haha) blog titles. Last time it was an incomprehensible pun, this time it’s some sort of movie rip-off. The Re-Cheesening sounds like last year’s failed horror reboot, but hey, I like it. Humor aside, this was my second Quest night with the pizza oven, and it went amazingly! I learned from my mistakes last year, and got the fire up... Read More

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Uncle KoKo’s Wood Fired Pizzeria Features Custom Tiled Napoli Pizza Oven

Apr 14, 2016

In the fall of 2015, Forno Bravo received an order for a Napoli commercial wood fired oven for a new pizzeria being opened in Belle Vernon, PA by Kodey Suomela.  Kodey requested to customize the tiling on the oven with not only the logo of the pizzeria, but also a tribute to his grandfather.  Here is Kodey’s story: “My grandfather and I have owned a gym now for 3 years.... Read More

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Rolling Out the Dough

Mar 21, 2016

I spent longer than I’d like to admit thinking of halfway decent puns that involve the word “dough.” I’m not sure why, this post is a pretty straightforward recollection of how I found at the dough I use today. Well, to be honest, getting the dough wasn’t all too straightforward. I had to go through half a dozen contacts, two different companies (one twice), and some less-than ideal recipes. I... Read More

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Bad Weather and Pizza Ovens

Feb 04, 2016

As a resident of California for the past 17 years, I believe that I can officially claim the title of spoiled summer child. As much as I would like to deny it, I simply can’t take the cold. A brisk breeze sends me running in search of a coat (much to my Virginian father’s amusement), and I adamantly believe that the best way to experience a snowstorm is inside one’s... Read More

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A Girl and Her Dragon Summer Party

Dec 14, 2015

Last I wrote, we’d just wrapped up my first event, the Nueva School Quest night. Lots of people, lots of pizza, lots of fun (I know, I know, a bit clichéd, but very true!). Little did I know that that night was nothing in comparison to my next function: the Foundation Capital Summer party! Foundation Capital is the venture capital firm where my dad (Paul Holland) works. They do as... Read More

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A Girl and Her Dragon – Quest Night

Nov 04, 2015

It was a few months after the conference that I found myself contentedly looking over my progress. The applications were submitted, the oven was built and beautiful, so is it really any surprise that I overlooked one eensy weensy detail? Because of a series of comical/endlessly frustrating/I-am-beginning-to-understand-the-attraction-of- anarchy regulatory delays, I hadn’t actually made any pizza (without professional supervision) yet. Easy thing to overlook, right? RIGHT? And my first event was rapidly approaching. Of course I... Read More

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The Fire Within Mobile Pizza Conference – Day 3

Oct 28, 2015

The Fire Within mobile pizza Conference, attended by guest blogger, Kylie before the dragon wagon was born. Day 3 of 3 of the pizza workshop. Another breakfast of cinnamon buns and my new favorite fruit: pineapple before a short lecture on branding and the event we’ve all been waiting for: trust falls. No, seriously, it’s pizza time! We get a quick lesson from some Brava employees, who make it look... Read More

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The Fire Within Mobile Pizza Conference – Day 2

Oct 20, 2015

The Fire Within mobile pizza Conference, attended by guest blogger, Kylie before the dragon wagon was born. Day 2 of 3 of the pizza workshop. I will not lie and tell you that I didn’t wake up to the thrice darned alarm, playing soft, happy and entirely situation appropriate music, and regret staying up past 11 the night before. The 7:20 am wake up time hurts to remember (all you... Read More

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