Why is wood-fired pizza so good?

We’ve known through experience why wood-fired pizza is superior, but we were curious as to why.  Is it the temperature?  Maybe it’s the wood flavor?    Perhaps seeing your pizza cook in the oven is the key.

Wood Oven

We did some research and found out what the top five benefits to wood-fired pizza are:

  1. Wood-Fired Ovens Cook Pizza Quickly
  2. Wood-Fired Ovens Boost Food Flavor
  3. Wood-Fired Ovens Help Food Retain Nutrients
  4. Wood-Fired Ovens can Fulfill Other Cooking Purposes
  5. Wood-Fired Ovens Save Energy
  6. Enjoy!!

 

NYC Pizza Tour

Recently, one of our customers talked about his experience at Scott’s Pizza Tours in New York City.  I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the pizza tour.  It turns out that Scott and his staff will take you to three to four pizza places depending on the tour and, show you the secrets to making pizza and find out why those Ninja Turtles get their strength from NYC pizzas.

Scott compares two different slices

Scott compares two different slices

Scott has five different walking tours and also a bus tour depending on the pizza you want to try.  Has anyone else been on this tour, let us know what you learned.

The pizza tour bus

The pizza tour bus

If you want even more information, check out Scott’s blog here.

Pizza power!

Sean

 

 

My favorite pizza in Washington, DC

This August, I visited Washington, DC.  Most people don’t think of DC when they are craving pizza but, there is one place you have to go if you visit.  Two Amys has been a favorite in DC for over 15 years!

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There are many new places popping up in DC but Two Amys is my favorite, the crust is simply amazing.  Two Amys preserves their crust by allowing the customer to cut their own pizza.  That first bite is the best!

Neopolitan

Menu

DC Pizza

If you are looking for the “best of the best in jumbo slice, look no further than Duccini’s Pizza in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.  There are no fewer than five options but Duccini’s is the best.

Wherever you go, there seems to be great pizza these days but, nothing beats a wood-fired oven!

Wood FIred Pizza in North Park

Today, I stopped by Tribute Pizza in North Park and I was able to get a sneak preview of their delicious pies!  I’ve known the owner Matt for some time and have been waiting not so patiently for Tribute to open.

One of the first Tribute "test pizzas"

One of the first Tribute “test pizzas”

 

Matt wouldn’t give me a firm date on the official opening of Tribute Pizza  but I will be returning for more pizza!

Really wood fired!

Really wood fired!

Tribute has real plates!

Tribute has real plates!

 

If you are looking for some of the best wood fired pizza in San Diego, check out Tribute.  If you want wood fired pizza catered at your event, check out Pacific Pizza.

We Love Parties!

It’s really fun to serve pizza at parties, we have had some fun parties so far this year.  We had a 1st birthday party and an 80th birthday party and a few in between.  Graduation parties have been a hit as well as a wedding and much much more.  Please let us know what you have planned and we can help with the pizza part!

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Three generations of Aztecs!

Three generations of Aztecs!

Thanks!

Thanks!

Athletes and Pizza

My good friends Andy and Daemon are representing California Swim Run this May, they are training for the Utö SwimRun race on May 29th.  The race is held just off the cost of Stockholm, Sweden and covers 45k of swimming and running.  These seasoned athletes don’t eat pizza everyday but they realize that athletes can eat pizza and still perform at a high level

Check out this Men’s Health article on “Why Fit Guys Can Still Eat Pizza”Andy & Daemon -Pizza Party

At Pacific Pizza, we use a thin crust with quality ingredients that won’t leave you feeling uncomfortably full.  We want you to enjoy your pizza weather you are at a brewery, beer festival, birthday party or other private event.

We hand toss all of our pizzas and stretch the dough just right so you get a crispy crust which will hold up under it’s own weight.  So no matter what your sport, pizza can still be a treat to enjoy from time to time.

Cheers,

Sean Durkin

Founder, Pacific Pizza

Rower, paddler, cyclist, SwimRun athlete and much more!

HanoHano Outrigger Canoe Novice Champions 2016

HanoHano Outrigger Canoe Novice Champions 2016

 

Pacific Pizza Giving Back to the Ocean

Surfrider Thank You Pizza

Back in March, we helped out with a Surfrider Foundation fundraiser by donating wood fired pizza to the event Samples by the Sea.  Mandy, Hallie and her team were nice enough to send this wonderful note to thank us for donating pizza to their event.

Sean and his pizza makers are all involved in the sport of rowing so, it was great to give back to an organization which works to make sure that our bays and oceans are clean and available for everyone to enjoy!

Surfrider Foundation Fundraiser

Surfrider Foundation Fundraiser

Surfrider Foundation

Eagle River Pizza to Pacific Pizza

Pizza Beginnings

It’s been almost two years since we officially started Eagle River Pizza in Avon, Colorado which later became Pacific Pizza in San Diego.  I wanted to reflect on some of the parties we’ve enjoyed and things we’ve learned since starting the business.

The Start of Great Pizza in Avon

We started building the pizza trailer in April of 2013 just after the close of the season at Beaver Creek Ski Resort.  Here is the quick vision that I had for the trailer:

Trailer Idea

Here is the trailer that I actually started building:

Pizza Trailer Beginnings

And the project a few more steps down the road (notice the Bike to the Beach Jacket)

Pizza Oven Started

Pizza Trailer Done, first beer

First Event

With two days to go until our first event, we eagerly fired up the oven for the first time and prepared all the items needed for feeding hundreds of hungry cyclists from Ride the Rockies.

First Pizza Event

We were overwhelmed by the popularity of our pizza at the first event but, with some friends, a little ingenuity and smiles, we hustled our way to feeding hundreds of cyclists along with their friends and families.  Now that we knew the oven worked and people liked our pizza, it was time to start a fun summer in Colorado with many large events.

Thanks to my friends from Turtle Bus for stepping in to help out on that first day!

Check out our next post for more on the summer of rodeos, airshows, town festivals and sporting events……

Your Party

Summer is coming and the weather is already beautiful.  If you are planning a summer party for your work, family reunion, birthday, wedding or any special event, consider having fresh wood fired pizza at your event.  I have heard time and again that people are tired of having tacos at their events and are looking for something new and different.

You can be sure that your guests will not forget your party when you have wood-fired pizza cooked fresh on site!

 

 

Pizza Making Party Tips

Recently we catered a fun baby shower  pizza party  in La Mesa.  Chris and I were making pizza for a group of 50 people and they were really enjoying the pizza.  The owners of the house were interested in putting in a wood fired pizza oven in their backyard so, we taught them some tips on how to make great pizzas.

Pizza Making Party

It was really fun to help the family make their own pizzas and show them how to cook the pizzas just right.

Pizza Oven

There are some tricks to spinning out the pizza dough balls like a pro but anyone can learn quickly.  We always bring extra dough so our guests can try a few times and get the toss just right.

Pizza Toss

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make pizzas at home but, with a little flair, just let us know.  It can be frustrating to get the dough just right on your own but, with some tricks, you can be on your way to a great pizza.

Here are our tips to getting the crust just right.

  1. Flour is your friend; keep adding a bit of flour to your dough as you stretch it out.
  2. Begin by loosening up the edges and working them first and then stretching the middle.
  3. Use gravity as your ally, when the dough is just right, gravity will pull your dough and help you.  If your dough is just a little too soft, support the dough and don’t let gravity over stretch the dough.
  4. Make sure your surfaces are free from moisture and clean.
  5. Enjoy yourself and always have extra dough, if you make a hole, it’s not the end of the world.

For the best transfer and cooking, keep it light.  I usually limit pizzas to three toppings and use light sauce and cheese.  Stay away from the “Spruce Goose”

Don't overload your pizza or your plane!

Don’t overload your pizza or your plane!

 

Have fun with your pizzas and share them with your friends!

Sharon and pizza

Pizza Friends

Ted Pizza