"Love this oven!! Merci, Sur La Table!"
We love Pizza, and make it often, in our oven and on the grill, so when I saw this oven on line as the deal of the day, I was going back and forth with the decision as to whether or not we really needed it. After reading the reviews, I decided to give it a try, as often, even with a pizza stone at least in my experience, the results in my oven or grill, can be inconsistent. So happy I purchased it. Initially, when it was shipped it did not have the deep dish pan in the package, and so I had to go to the Sur La Table store an hour away to retrieve, what must have been, at the time, the last Pizzaria, in Florida! I was glad that I did, as they were wonderful people there, and made it totally worth my while! Meanwhile we have used it several times. I have to agree with another reviewer, that I was not sure which side of the stone should be facing up. I discovered I was using it wrong, however the pizzas I made still were wonderful/ perfectly crisp on the bottom, and melted to perfection on the top. I did find the paddles do warp, and we did not get them overly wet, just wiped them down, but we do have a pizza peel, (another great find at Sur La Table) that we use anyway. I found that if you place the lightly floured dough directly on the stone and add the toppings, then put the lid down, it will still be perfect and you don't need to worry about it being messy. We have made about 16 pizzas so far, including the basic, that most of us know but we also have done fig, proscuitto, and gorgonzola, barbeque chicken pizza, white pizza with swiss chard, and goat cheese, and some gluten free tries. Odi's gluten free got the best vote for the base. I have made the dough, for those of us with no gluten issues, and also purchased dough from a local Italian market. All results were amazing! The only criticism, which is important, is the oven is very very hot. Not an item to have grandkids standing nearby and hovering. It could burn someone especially a child very easily. The steam is HOT. I burned my wrist upon opening it, and so be very careful. It is a pizza oven after all, and is 600-750 degrees. Otherwise, we love it ! Not as large on the counter as some of the competitors, and yet still easy to find a place to store it as we don't like a lot of ""things"" on our counter tops. My husband was initially annoyed with this purchase as we do have a number of ""gadgets"" as we love to cook and we have frequent guests/gatherings. Yet he admits, he loves it! Highly recommended, but please use caution with the heat that is produced, and wear mitts that go up over wrists, and lower arms. And keep your face away, as wonderful as that pizza smells, don't put your face close to the oven! I have not used the deep dish pan yet, but look forward to trying it for calzones, or other creative items. Merci! Sur La Table