The $1,000 Pizza

OK, so I fired up the brick pizza oven this past weekend. It was all new to me so I worried about how to fire the oven and make the dough (by hand).

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I worked on the toppings to use and how close to the fire to put the pizza. I read a lot on line at sites like Forno Bravo, and had a lot of ideas, maybe too many. But experience is a great teacher, and I got pretty good at making pizza in the oven after a few tries. Everyone who dropped by our house got a chance to make their own pizza and watch it cook in the brick oven.Here is a video of the first firing and the making of that first pizza.

The $1,000 Pizza
As my son Dominic and I were admiring our first pizza creation, I dad-joked with him that we were eating a $1,000 pizza. He asked me how this one pizza could cost $1,000?
Dominic and Frank admiring their first pizza

Dominic and Frank admiring a $1,000 pizza.

Well, below I have a tally of the costs it took to make that first pizza. Here are the details of the $1,000 Pizza:

Oven Construction
250 fire bricks
 $    250
640 pounds (8 bags) Cement and mortar
 $    100
Wood for arch frame
 $     50
 $     20
Wood for firing the Oven
1/2 cord wood
 $    250
 $     15
lighting torch
 $     25
Cooking Essentials
60″ pizza peel
 $    110
60″ fire poker
 $     80
60″ whisk broom
 $     40
Pizza Ingredients
Italian flour
 $     20
Italian tomatoes
 $     20
 $     20
Total for one pizza:
 $ 1,000

But it was worth every penny in the fun we all had! The next pizza is only going to cost $500. To get to costs similar to a pizza place, we will need to make over 100 pizzas in the oven. Then the average cost will be about $10 or so, maybe less. But the fun everyone has making pizza, discussing and debating which toppings are better, tasting all of them (we only eat family style, so everyone gets a taste), and spending time together is priceless.

Pizza making in our own oven really makes for a Wonderful World.




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