Whether we will travel to far-flung beach resorts or city breaks this summer is still unclear, but this shouldn't stop you from taking Italy's taste to your home.
The lockdown time has inspired us to be innovative with our cooking, especially with our choices for al fresco feasting.
Following government advice, outdoor meetups in gardens are among the ways to catch up non-virtually with our family and friends. But if you have fatigue with the BBQ already, there is another option.
Pizza ovens have undergone a massive increase in popularity, and it's no surprise why. You can recreate the fan-favorite dish from a traditional Margarita to a controversial Hawaiian, to create the ultimate fakeaway to compete with your local one.
The beauty of making your garden model lies in the infinite possibilities of customizing, whether it's crust-wise (thin or deep dish) or in the ingredients, you can adapt to any diet-safe, vegan or paleo.
Browse the best dough pizza stoves worth their weight.
Best Pizza Oven
This Ooni Pro pizza oven is the best and most powerful. It can make pizzas as big as 16 inches in diameter, and you can choose from three sources of fuel: wood, propane, or pellets. Pellet hopper and gas burner fittings are sold separately. While most ovens use thick and heavy insulation layers to preserve heat, the Ooni uses ceramic fiber and surprisingly light, thin stainless steel. It's easy to install too, and pretty enough to act as a centerpiece in the backyard. But be warned: Transporting this may be heavy and awkward.
BioLite Basecamp and PizzaDome Bundle
Best for camping
The last thing you want to do while you're out in the woods is to drag a propane tank. BioLite's BaseCamp is wildly efficient. Just get a few chopped planks of wood, and you're ready to go. While our reviewer was only able to bring the grill up to 250 degrees, it was still enough to cook a frozen pizza thoroughly. We suggest you carry a cooler and hatchet bag and prepare your fuel supply before you start cooking. You can also use it to make breakfast toast and to charge your phone.
Best Budget Oven
Whether your outdoor room is confined to a small deck or patio, there is a tiny footprint in the high-temperature pizza oven at Pizzacraft. The company makes a few variants on the pizza oven at high temperatures, all at reasonably competitive price points. This one is very efficient, works best on uneven ground, and is the easiest to carry. Some users got it up to 800 degrees at full throttle, but you'll want to back off the temperature a bit. Since the top isn't insulated, if you set the temperature too high, you can burn the bottom of your pizza.
The pizza oven at Camp Chef is more tricky than some of our other choices. The propane-powered flames flow upwards from the sides, not backward. If you're baking one pie in the middle of the oven, you'll get better results if you turn the temperature down and use their pizza spatula. This pizza oven is not standing on spindly legs, which is a significant aspect of baking past sprinting babies. The door and smaller jets included also make it easier to fine-tune other items such as chicken thighs or asparagus to cooking. You can also buy your existing Camp Chef stove with an attachment.