Making Your Own Oven

Over the years, I’ve had many questions about how I built my oven from people who want a wood-fired pizza oven in their backyard.  It was a lot of fun building the pizza oven and I’ve had a lot of great parties so I’m happy to help you throw your own pizza oven with mine or yours.

For all the free information you’ll every need on throwing a pizza party in San Diego, check out the Forno Bravo forum on the Forno Bravo website.

 

Wood Fired Pizza Party

Real Wisconsin Cheese

This past weekend, my friends and I left San Diego and headed to Wisconsin…..in February!  We were out to race in the Birkiebeiner Cross Country Ski Race.  As usual, I was scoping out the pizza places and on this trip, I had the opportunity to sample a lot of different kind of cheeses.  We visited the Burnett Cheese Co-Op and had fried cheese curds, flavored cheese curds, whips of cheese  and some delicious milk shakes.

Real Wisconsin Cheese

Real Wisconsin Cheese

 

We had a great time racing but didn’t find any amazing pizza on the trip….the search continues.  It’s good to be back in San Diego and enjoying all the delicious pizza we have here.

Frozen Pizza

 

Classic Margherita Pizza Story

Have you ever wondered where the Margherita pizza gets it’s name?  Yesterday, I spoke with an older Italian man and he gave me the scoop.

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita is to many the true Italian flag.

According to popular tradition, in 1889, 28 years after the unification of Italy, during a visit to Naples of Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi and his wife created  a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). They named it after the Queen – Pizza Margherita.

 

Check out the full article here

Pizza Excursion in Florida

Recently, I travelled to St. Petersburg, FL and again found a pizza connection, this time a fantastic authentic popular Italian Market called Mazzaro.

Pizza to go

Pizza to go

My friend Arthur lives in the “St. Pete” area and showed me this cool market on a rainy Thursday afternoon.  Mazzaro was packed in the middle of the day.  One look at the Yelp reviews and you can see why this place is a big hit.

Mazzaro’s bakery and coffee shop

 

Mazzaro fresh pasta factory

Mazzaro fresh pasta factory

They make their own pasta, cheeses and import some of the finest quality ingredients from Italy.

Cool wall decor

Cool wall decor

Some cool little Italian cars

Some cool little Italian cars

Art enjoying a classic Italian sandwich

Art enjoying a classic Italian sandwich

You can even grab a bottle of wine and enjoy it on the patio with your food from the deli counter.

Plenty of fine wines to go with your cheese

Plenty of fine wines to go with your cheese

The deli counter is packed so be patient

The deli counter is packed so be patient

 

Take a number, relax and enjoy walking around Mazzaro and relish in one of the hidden but popular places in St. Pete.

If you are in for some wood-fired pizza, check out Gregario in the sleepy town of Safety Harbor, FL  Several people in town suggested this place because of it’s fresh ingredients and it was a great little find.

Wood Fired Pizza Gregario

Wood Fired Pizza Gregario

Rosie Network

Sean is a veteran of the Navy and served on board the USS Carl Vinson.  Pacific Pizza supports other veteran owned businesses.  If you are looking for a product or service, check out the Rosie Network and consider doing business with a veteran.  Did you know that there are over 230,000 veterans in San Diego?

Sean on USS Carl Vinson

Sean on the USS Carl Vinson September 2001

Fun Pizza Facts

Did you know?

  1. Over 36 percent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni.
  2. There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
  3. Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year.
  4. New York’s Nino’s Bellissima restaurant has the world’s most expensive pizza. Topped with six varieties of caviar, chives, fresh lobster and creme fraiche, this 12-inch pie, called the “Luxury Pizza,” retails at $1,000.00 (or $125.00 a slice).
  5. The largest pizza ever made was in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the Guinness Book of Records the pizza was 122 feet in diameter and was made using 1200lb of flour, 1700lb of cheese and 1600lb of tomato puree.