When planning to open a pizzeria or to offer pizzas to your restaurant guests, one of the first things to think about is which pizza ovens are the most worthy of consideration. In our AUDORES pizza oven guide, we explain how to choose a high-quality pizza oven that will last a long time and ensure that your pizzas bake evenly, taste delicious and are easy to use for your kitchen staff. Here you will learn about the types, features and parameters of pizza ovens that are important to consider before making your choice.
There are several main types of equipment that restaurant owners choose to bake their pizzas in:
Let’s look at the features of each appliance.
The base of a pizza oven is usually a stone or brick slab, which is heated by heating mechanisms underneath it. They can be heated by electricity or gas, which affects the baking characteristics. For example, an electric pizza oven works on the convection principle, which ensures that the temperature is evenly distributed and thus the pizza is evenly baked. In gas pizza ovens, the heat is usually confined to the top or bottom slabs, which are particularly good at baking the pizza ingredients. The baking temperature in these ovens is adjustable and can reach up to 500 °C.
Pizza ovens are available in different sizes. You can choose ovens with 1–2 chambers to bake more pizzas at the same time. The chambers of these ovens are mounted on top of each other, thereby saving space in the restaurant.
Our range also includes larger pizza ovens. For example, this Cuppone oven, which can bake up to 10 small or 4 large pizzas at once. The Italian equipment manufacturers ensure that not only the inside of the stove is practical, but also the outside – the appliance has a pentagonal shape, so it can be placed in a corner of the kitchen.
Although such a pizza oven is easy to use, staff may need time to get used to the new appliance. In such cases, additional tools such as heat-resistant gloves, a square pizza scoop and other pizzeria accessories ensure that chefs work safely. In addition, other accessories such as a pizza oven stand, a pizza oven cabinet, a pizza oven hood or a pizza oven ventilation hood contribute to an efficient pizzeria layout.
The name of the conveyor oven suggests that its distinctive feature is its conveyor technology, which allows for continuous pizza baking. A metal conveyor belt runs the length of the inside of the oven. With this oven, you place your pizzas on one side of the appliance and take them out on the other.
The most common way to bake pizzas in such ovens is by using hot air and infrared light. Both the speed of the conveyor belt and the heat of the oven (the highest temperature is around 350°C) are adjustable. So when you need a productive appliance that bakes the most pizzas in the shortest time, conveyor ovens are probably the most popular choice. For example, our conveyor oven can bake up to 86 pizzas per hour.
Conveyor pizza ovens are special because they are very easy to use and do not require a large investment of time in staff training. Along with the conveyor pizza oven, we recommend purchasing equipment such as: vegetable prep machine, dough rollers and dough mixers.
Pizza can also be baked in multi-purpose equipment, such as the exclusive KamadoClub clay grill, using a stone designed for baking pizza. Our recommended KamadoClub grill heats up to 540 °C and has a high-precision grill thermometer for perfect pizza baking. KamadoClub’s cooking equipment is most often used by small family restaurants or by chefs preparing food for events, who benefit from transportable equipment.
One of the special features of the grill is the smoky flavour, which comes from burning wood or special wood chips. In addition to pizzas, the grill can also be used to grill steaks and burgers, cook vegetables and stews. Manufacturers KamadoClub offer a range of accessories to make cooking easier. For example, an impregnated cast-iron kazan, an electric grill igniter or a digital Bluetooth wireless food thermometer will be useful for restaurant operations.
Another versatile appliance is the high-speed oven. It heats and bakes food using several different heating technologies: microwave, convection, blast and/or infrared. These ovens usually have hundreds or even thousands of programmes, so you can bake not only pizzas, but also snacks, sandwiches and even cakes.
Restaurants, bakeries, cafés and petrol stations choose high-speed ovens for their convenience and versatility. It is true that, although they bake very quickly, high-speed ovens do not have the same capacity as other ovens.
When choosing an oven, check the maximum temperature of the appliance. This varies depending on the model and can range from 260 °C to 300 °C. We also recommend that you pay attention to the capacity of the oven chamber when choosing an oven. For example, one accelerated cooking machine will hold pizzas with a diameter of 35 cm and another – 30 cm.
When you choose the type of pizza oven and are looking for a specific appliance, take a look at:
Audores recommends that pizzeria equipment should only come from reputable manufacturers. Our range includes pizza equipment from Italian manufacturers GGF, PizzaGroup, Sudforni, Cuppone and US manufacturer Hostek. You can find the full range here.