Our History


Healdsburg Inside Pizza OvenBrick oven in our Healdsburg, CA home

Healdsburg Outside Pizza OvenOur First Brick Oven in Healdsburg, CA

San Gimignano Pizza OvenCasa oven at our San Gimignano home

Firenze pizza oven
Casa oven at our Florence home

I became fascinated with brick ovens many years ago. After experimenting with pizza stones and quarry tiles in our standard electric oven, I decided to build an outdoor brick oven at our home in the California wine country. Construction was challenging, and the oven design itself had many flaws. In fact, it was the drawbacks we experienced with that design that led me to create the Pompeii Oven™ plans. Still, cooking in my own wood-fired oven was eye opening. That first oven changed the way our family cooked and entertained. I built a second oven in our kitchen, installed pizza ovens at our rental homes in Italy, and installed several for friends and family in Europe. I was hooked, and I wanted to share my expertise with others. After a long career as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, I was ready for something new—and old.

While the pizza oven is nearly as common in Italy as the barbecue, and virtually every village has at least one Pizzeria with a Forno a Legna, until recently wood-fired cooking remained a luxury that few could afford in the United States. But Forno Bravo has changed that.

Today, Forno Bravo is a global leader in the pizza oven marketplace. With innovative designs, great ovens, the highest quality materials, a world-class manufacturing operation, and a network of dealers and distributors around the globe, we are bringing the pleasure of great pizza and wood-fired cooking to thousands of new enthusiasts.

We see education as an important part of our mission, so FornoBravo.com is packed with information on oven selection, installation, management, techniques, ingredients and recipes. FornoBravo.com is growing every day, so please come back often. We are building a wonderful community.

The wood-fired brick oven evokes a time when life was a little slower, and perhaps the food was a little better. It allows us to enjoy a style of cooking that is both authentic, yet capable of producing the best food in the world. After all, there is only one way to make an authentic Italian pizza, and that is with a wood-fired oven.

We look forward to helping you enjoy the wood-fired cooking experience, and to bringing wood-fired cooking to more homes and restaurants around the world.


James Bairey
Forno Bravo