Our love for pizza is nothing new, but our interest in making our own has become more and more prominent over the years. As a result home outdoor pizza ovens are enjoying a wave popularity.
At the forefront of the revolution is the Napoli Outdoor Pizza Oven.
Put simply, this is the best outdoor pizza oven out there today.
It might not have the daunting build of a wood fired traditional oven, but what it offers at a fraction of the cost is remarkable.
More importantly, the pizza it produces is as good as they get.
Let's take a closer look.
A lot of people might have reservations about whether the taste of the pizzas the Napoli produces can match that of traditional ovens.
Fortunately the Napoli can use a range of fuels, included wood pellets. While these don't have quite the same intensity as wood logs, they still carry flavor. And if you choose to use good wood flavored pellets that match well with pizza ovens, then you can enhance the flavor of your pizza dramatically.
You don't have to use wood pellets however, and it can also accommodate propane and charcoal. While wood-based fuel is always preferable when it comes to pizza ovens, it's great to have propane as a backup for the sake of convenience.
I should add however that if you want to run off propane, then you will need to buy Napoli's propane attachment which unfortunately does not come free with the oven.
Key to the Napoli's excellent performance is its cordierite pizza stone. The material is far more durable than materials like ceramic, and is known for withstanding very high temperatures (source) without breaking, all while retaining heat to cook the base of your pizza.
In isolation cordierite stones can be really expensive, so to have one included with the Napoli Pizza Oven is a big win. Other ovens tend to include cheaper and less reliable materials like ceramic.
This use of cordierite comes to the fore when examining the power performance of the Napoli. It can reach temperatures of around 850°F, so the oven is built well to stand up to exposures to these heat levels.
The oven's durable build helps it maintain good cooking temperatures consistently. Cooking at about 450°F for pizza, we didn't observe any significant temperature fluctuations. A lot of ovens or grills are let down by poor temperature retention, so I"m pleased to say that this doesn't suffer anything like this.
Anyone who has a charcoal grill or smoker will testify to the pain of cleaning up after cooking it. As a result many outdoor cookers have developed cleaning trays to help speed up the process.
The Napoli is thankfully a breeze to clean. With the pizza only cooking on its stone, you just to wipe down the cordierite. A little bit of ash might form around the stone, but there's no need to get into any crevices in the oven to clean it out.
Napoli have produced a pizza oven that finally makes authentic home pizza cooking accessible to newcomers.
Affordable wood-fuelled grills aren't easy to come by, but this oven manages it superbly without showing any compromise in quality.