Brick oven pizza is pizza done right. Any connoisseurs of pizza know that the best-cooked pizza is cooked in a traditional wood-fired brick oven. But what is it that makes pizza so much better in a brick oven than pizza cooked at home in a domestic oven? Who doesn’t love a brick oven pizza? The pizza dough has a slightly smoky flavor with crisped toppings and evenly baked slices.
The History of Brick Ovens
The brick-style ovens originated in ancient Roman times and have been around for over 4,000 years. Brick ovens have been around for centuries; they produce one-of-a-kind pizzas. This type of brick oven we use today is almost exactly the same design as the ones used in ancient times. The brick oven is a true classic for Italian pizza. The smoky flavor, crisp toppings, and fluffy crust flecked with dark spots of brick oven pizza most certainly dominate a homemade pizza.
Brick Ovens Cook Pizza Quickly
The oven’s higher cooking temperature allows the heat to radiate out and spread around the oven, and absorb because of the interior brick walls. This heat radiates across the dome evenly while the floor of the oven remains cooler. The inside of the oven’s baking temperature can be anywhere between 570 and 660 degrees Fahrenheit. The continuous small fire going on inside the oven maintains the temperatures. Because of the high heat stored in the close-knit walls, the brick oven can cook pizza in approximately 2-3 minutes.
Brick Ovens Boost Food Flavor
The brick oven has a significant taste difference. In part, the enhanced flavor that brick oven cooking offers is due even to heat distribution.The oven crisps the outside of the pizza quickly, allowing any moisture in the dough to seal off. This prevents the base of the dough from becoming soggy and results in a flavorful puffy crust, yet soft and chewy. Only a wood-fired brick oven pizza has that unique smoky flavor that cannot be produced in a domestic kitchen oven. The high hot temperature produces other flavors not achieved by slow cooking.
Brick Ovens Help Food Retain Nutrients
The quick-cooking of a brick oven also allows the vitamins and other nutrients in the vegetables to remain. The cheese does not burn but adds appealing color and smoky flavor. Cooking over an open flame in a brick oven cooks vegetables and fruits very quickly but helps retain specific nutrients and antioxidants. A longer cooking process can cause the depletion of these antioxidants and nutrients and diminish the pizza’s nutrition.
Brick Oven Pizza From Rina’s
Brick oven pizza is a real culinary delight that takes an all-time favorite to new heights of flavor. You gain nutritional benefits from the brick oven cooking process. If you are in the mood for the classic brick oven pizza, visit us at Rina’s. Enjoy some of our favorite delicacies; Diavola, Ripieno, Cheese, and Pepperoni. Visit us at 371 Hannover St in North End, Boston.