If you love pizza as much as we do, there’s a new product launching soon that just might be the next thing to take over your kitchen: the Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven. In 2013 we launched the Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven, and it was a huge hit. Since then, we’ve been thinking about a way to bring this superior pizza technology into your home kitchen. We realized people with limited or no outdoor space like pizza too, so we set to work on another pizza oven that operates on your gas stovetop.
How does the oven work?
At first, designing an oven that would work on our test kitchen stove was a bit tricky. We had to figure out what features worked and what features didn’t, and most importantly why they weren’t working. What we discovered in designing our outdoor oven years ago was that air has to be able to circulate properly and that cooking the perfect pizza requires well balanced temperatures. The most complicated part when balancing temperatures is that the air (or ambient) temperature needs to be several hundred degrees higher than that of the pizza stone. This way, the toppings will cook at the same rate as the crust and everything will come together nicely.
Since home stoves don’t run quite as hot as the burner in our outdoor oven, there were a few things we had to do differently. First, the stovetop oven has a series of ventilation holes on its lower half. These ensure the oven is provided with fresh air to continue burning and allow the heat to circulate properly.
Next, you’ll notice the oven has a sliding door. When you close the door after inserting your pizza, all the heat stays right where it needs to be: inside the oven.
Finally, just like its outdoor counterpart, the stovetop oven has two pizza stones. The bottom stone functions as a heat deflector so that the upper stone doesn’t overheat. As the air heats up and rises through the oven, some of it is reflected back down onto the pizza by the oven’s hood.
Why does this oven work better than my home oven?
Now that we know how the oven works, let’s talk about why the oven works so well. Home ovens are a vital part of your kitchen, but there’s one thing they could do better, and that’s pizza. Home ovens don’t get as hot as they should for pizza, and they also take quite some time to preheat. With the Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven, preheat time is cut down to a quick 15 minutes. What’s even better is that the oven cooks a pizza in as little as 6 minutes. By the time you’ve preheated your home oven, this stovetop oven will be fully preheated and will already have cooked several pizzas!
On top of the extra time it takes to preheat your conventional oven, your home oven can also heat up the kitchen quite a bit. That may be fine in the winter months, but in summer the last thing you want to do is stand in a sweltering kitchen! Our stovetop oven is very efficient, and has little effect on the temperature of your kitchen.
How hard is it to operate?
One of the coolest things about this oven is that it’s easy to use. Simply fasten the oven to the grill grate centered over the largest burner on your range with the included cable lock, and set the flame to high. In 15 minutes you’ll be ready to cook back-to-back pizzas in the comfort of your own kitchen. Like using any other oven, you’ll want to rotate your pizza about halfway through the cooking process to ensure even cooking.
Where can I get the oven?
Hopefully by now you’re asking yourself, “Where can I get one of these awesome new pizza ovens?” The answer to that question is Williams-Sonoma. The gray-colored version oven is exclusively available through this retailer for the low price of $179.95. Check out our video here to see details on operating the Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Oven.