Craig it was one of your recent posts that prompted me to post this. In my inexperience, I really didn't want to believe it but Marco was right. I wasn't here when he was and I believe he is credited with saying that you need a NP specific oven to make NP pizza. Now, I will say it can be done in a FB or like oven BUT they aren't built for NP pizza. They are less efficient and a bit more cumbersome and that's baking 1 freaking pie at a time. They work but makes the job a bit harder. And at 850F, there's not a lot of time for mistakes. Use the right tool for the job. My next oven (if there is a next) will probably be a SF or an Acunto.
If you want to make NP pizza most of the time, get a "real" NP oven. It will do that and other styles. If you only want NP once in awhile, you can probably do that in most WFOs out there.
Chau... I've come to the same conclusion. I came upon this conclusion when I had the opportunity to bake a pizza in a real NP oven...OK this is kind of a weird story but I was at my local wine shop. There is an attached restaurant that I've been to a couple of times but its not very good... the place is a dump really. Well one day while I was buying some wine, I noticed an outdoor kitchen of sorts with a bunch of junk in it. The owner was there and I asked her if I could poke around the backyard kitchen.
And there it was. It was like one of those finds you see on TV where some dude put a Bugatti in a barn 50 years ago... well this was a true hand built Italian wood fired oven. It literally had been sitting there for at least 15 years... it was full of pots and pans, dirt and a few rodents nests. I was looking for a plaque or some sort of badge that would clue me into the maker but the entire oven was enclosed in stucco... including the mouth of the oven
The owner told me that her husband bought the oven and had it shipped from Italy. Then they took a trip to Naples so that he could learn how to cook on it! You have to understand that this was over 20 years ago... I can't imagine there were many Italian built WFO's in the US back then... let alone in Las Cruces NM on the back porch of a tiny burger joint! When the owners husband died, so did the oven... it hadn't been fired since.
So I asked the lady if I could cook on it... She put a grin on ear to ear. You could tell that oven was her husbands pride and joy. So the next weekend I cleaned it up and fired that beast up. She sprung to life and I had her saturated in about 3 hours. Its huge! I brought some dough from the house and toppings for a simple marg pie. The owner said it was a good as her husbands
I have to say that there is no comparison between my FB and this oven.... none. A few more bakes on that oven and I think I could make a decent pie.
I asked the owner if she would consider selling it to me but she said no... it was too sentimental for her.
Sadly... I forgot my phone that day and I have not one pic to remember the event by... I'm hoping that I can do that again sometime soon though. But now I'm on a quest for a real oven. I really dont think there is a substitute ( well there is but its like the Bugatti.. once you drive one.. everything else is just a car) My wife threatened me within an inch of my life if a big crate showed up in front of the garage though