This was the first time I ever saw how a WFO really bakes a pizza. I have been on this pizza making journey for awhile, but never even got to taste how a pizza tasted in a WFO. I was so excited that my pizza making buddy, Steve invited me to his home to see how a wood-fired oven really works and bakes a pizza. Steve built his own WFO over the course of this summer. He built it brick by brick. Even though he never did any masonry work before he did an excellent job on building his WFO. Steve helps me at market and does know a lot about making pizzas. He also experiments like I do, with different types of pizzas. Since he is Italian, he is a natural in making pizzas. Steve doesn't post as much as I do on pizzamaking.com, but he does make pizza at least two times and week if not more. Steve also has a square BBQ grill that he set-up to make great pizzas. He BBQ grill set-up also works wonderful. He takes his BBQ grill set-up along with him on camping trips. Steve is known as the great pizzaman to his neighbors and the to the many friends he has. Steve is on the learning curve just like I am about making pizzas. We both share all our ideas. We learn from each other. :)
These are pictures from the first time I had to see how a WFO bakes. The pizzas coming out of the WFO were excellent, in my opinion. I never had the chance to taste such good pizzas. Although the bake times were different, the pizzas all tasted great! :)
The biggest Thanks to Steve, for continuing to help me and also inviting me to his home. Steve's family is also wonderful. These pictures were taken 9/24/2010.
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Adventure in Pizza Making
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