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Chicken and Pancetta Pizza

Sep 15, 2020

It’s easy to overthink – and over top – a wood fired pizza. Too much cheese, too many flavors, too much weight can all bog down the dough and reduce the crust’s oven spring, making it greasy or flat (or difficult to slide off the peel, resulting in a pizza disaster. Yikes!) This yummy pizza combination was contributed by guest chef and Forno Bravo oven owner, Gerry Speirs at Foodness... Read More

sliced sausage pizza

Spicy and Smokey Sausage Pizza

Aug 27, 2020

Guest chef, Gerry Speirs of FoodnessGracious.com is the proud owner of a tiled Napolino wood fired oven. He loves coming up with interesting pizza topping combinations like this Spicy and Smokey Sausage Pizza. It uses two kinds of sausage for a blend of flavors that are a step up from a classic meat pizza. One key ingredient is Calabrese Sausage. It is a dry-smoked, pork sausage from the Southern Italian... Read More

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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

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

Stuffed mushroom

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

Wood Fired Porchetta

Jun 03, 2019

Big thanks to Paul Dunaway for submitting this wonderful recipe!  Note: You can also check out Brad English’s recent guest post on Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart discussing Porchetta, and offering several delicious options for using it on pizzas and sandwiches! Wood Fired Porchetta 12345 Votes: 15 Rating: 4.2 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Modified Porchetta recipe for a wood fired oven CourseMeat And Poultry CuisineItalian Servings Prep Time 8-10 45... Read More

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Wood-Fired Pizza Dough

Mar 28, 2019

Sometimes, you just need a bit of dough for a small group and you don’t want to drag out a big mixer for the effort. There can also be something soothing about getting your hands into a ball of dough and working it to perfection. With these things in mind, Chef Leo Spizzirri, Master Instruttore, PFC, and Co-Founder of the North American Pizza and Culinary Academy developed this recipe for a simple,... Read More

Volcano Pizza

The Volcano

Jan 08, 2019

This recipe was originally demonstrated at the 2015 Forno Bravo Expo by Chef Vito Romani, owner of Stella’s Pizza Pie mobile catering based in San Diego, CA. It is still a favorite of his customers today!   The Volcano 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe This pizza has quite a kick that combined with a rich, smooth, sweetness. The Volcano will erupt in your mouth... Read More

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Roasting Chestnuts in a Wood Fired Oven

Dec 05, 2018

History & Harvest Season Chestnut trees once covered huge swaths of East Coast forests until a fungal blight arrived from Asia, killing off about 3.5 billion trees in the first half of the 20th century. But lucky me, two of the very few surviving productive trees are right behind my house in the Hudson Valley. So the last couple of weeks have been a race between me and the critters... Read More

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