Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Homemade Pizza, sure. But a Homemade Pizza Oven?

Almost every home in Puglia has a full-sized pizza oven in the backyard. These stand alone pizza ovens look like guest houses they're so big (maybe I'm thinking of Hansel and Gretel?). My buddy Neil, a hard rocking homesteader who feeds iridescent millipedes to his chickens, just finished building his own. He lives near Ceglie Messapica in the Itria Valley grape growing region of Puglia. Land of the trulli and one of Puglia's only Michelin-star rated restaurants, Al Fornello da Ricci. I don't know the details, but I know that it takes a ton of time to build a wood-burning pizza oven. This post goes out to all those hours of sweat and cement. Cheers to pineapple pizza!

A real pizzaiolo!

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