Wood Fired Pizza Recipes at the best place on earth! (Well, locally anyway.)

June 25, 2011
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Last Saturday I had the joy of being in Floyd, VA at Dogtown Roadhouse to celebrate their one year anniversary. Which not only meant I was able to hear my boyfriend play bass in the band Grass Monkey live for the first time at this particular awesome venue – those Floyd girls can dance! – but I was also able to sample some superbly amazing wood fired pizza!
Wood Fired Pizza - Restaurante Del Parque

It got me thinking though. Wood fired pizza isn’t local for everyone, although everyone should try it at least once. A good wood fired pizza can put any oven baked pizza to shame. So I did a little scrounging around and I found a great diy on how to turn your regular oven into a brick fire oven. This method kicks your oven up to 700+ degrees versus the regular 500 degrees. While it’s not perfect – a “real” brick oven for wood fired pizza can take three people up to three days to build – it does offer some interesting results. You can find the how to for making your own pizza oven at boing boing. If you’d rather take the time to construct the real deal – because you know the foodie in you is just dying to! – there’s a diy for building a pizza oven from sand at Instructables or one from bricks with free plans from Forno Bravo. They even make and sell kits for this, though you certainly don’t need a kit to build one.

Once you have your oven you’re going to want to try it out. And what better way than by baking – firing? – a pizza from a recipe created just for this style of oven! Feasting on Art Blog offers several excellent recipes for wood fired pizza with combinations that include Pesto, Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella and Parmesan as well as Arugula, Red Onion Marmalade and Goat Cheese; Feta, Parsley, Red Onion and Lemon; and even Spicy Sausage & Jalapeño! You can grab those wood fire pizza recipes here.

Have you ever tried brick oven wood fired pizza? If so, what’s your favorite combination to eat and your favorite place to dine? Be sure to include the city and state in case we come traveling through your neck of the woods!

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