Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo One-Sentence Review: A true game changer, Sage’s Pizzaiolo is as close to having a real pizza oven in your home as you ever would, without requiring a huge amount of space and equipment. expenses.
This author has reviewed a wide range of outdoor pizza ovens in the past, both wood-fired and gas-fired. But this new ‘indoor’ electric model from Sage knocks them all down for ease of use and seamless consistency. The truth is, I never expected the Sage The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo – known as Breville The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo in much of the world – to perform something like it did. After all, it’s electric and it’s designed for use indoors (or outdoors in good weather), so it’s hardly “authentic”. Be careful, I should have guessed that Sage wouldn’t deliver a turkey to the door and, of course, this pizza oven excelled in all disciplines, producing perfect pizzas of multiple varieties time and time again. And without incident expected in the process.
But enough with the platitudes, let’s dive in and see why this is the best pizza oven you can buy right now – even if it doesn’t use the most authentic heating method.
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Reviews on Sage The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo: Design
Okay, let’s get that out of the way immediately. The convoluted Sage The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is big, as in “where the *** k are we going to put it” big. With a width of 47cm, a depth of 46.1cm and a modest height of 27cm, it is about the size of a very large microwave oven. However, when a microwave oven is something you will be using almost every day, a pizza oven is something you can only use once a month – unless of course you like it enough. pizzas to eat once or twice a week. So storage could be a problem even though it should roughly fit into a mid-sized kitchen cabinet. On the plus side, it’s not as heavy as most outdoor pizza ovens, so you can easily carry it outside on a sunny day and plug it into a suitable extension cord.
The Sage Pizzaiolo really looks like the business in all that glorious warm-to-the-touch stainless steel. The front fairing assembly folds up while bringing the pizza stone several inches outward, making loading easier. This is a very handy innovation as one of the trickier aspects of baking pizza is loading the pizza onto the skin – it’s not as easy as you might think when the stone is recessed a few centimeters inside the oven. Be careful, the Pizzaiolo door is spring loaded, so keep one hand on the handle as it closes quite aggressively.
Who would have thought that electricity could make such a great pizza?
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If you take a look inside the oven, you’ll spot the Pizzaiolo’s heat source – two single oven rings, one on top and one under the included pizza stone. These two heating elements are independently controlled to provide the optimum heat requirements for different styles of pizza, from Neapolitan to deep dish. Since the heat is directly above and below, this means that all styles of pizza are cooked evenly without any flipping (gas and wood-fired pizza ovens usually have the seat of the heat source towards the bottom. back where the edges of the pizza are easily burnt). Naturally, the sage arrived with a neatly wrapped 12-inch cordierite stone, a metal Chicago deep-cooking pizza pan, and a pizza peel (the large flat spatula you use to shovel prepared pizza in the oven. ).
Interfaces aren’t much easier than that
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In typical Sage fashion, this pizza oven is designed to be as easy as possible to use and I tip my hat to the efforts of the R&D team, because it is indeed a cinch. On the front there are only three dials – a timer on the left, a pizza variety dial in the middle, and an optional small toast button on the right. The dial of the pizza variety includes the following icons: 160 ° C, defrost, pan, thick, thin and crispy crust, wood-fired and 400 ° C. Simply select the pizza icon of your choice and the oven selects the best pre-programmed ratio between the two heating elements and the recommended time it will take to cook the pizza. Talk about simple.
The manual function is a bit more complex, mind, and includes placing the included magnetic interface sheet on the dials and pressing a few buttons. Once the interface is in place, the right and left dials become temperature distribution controls for each heating element (160 ° C to 400 ° C). This allows the user to select specific heat sources above and below the stone. To be honest, I haven’t tried this method because the automatic settings are configured so well that I didn’t feel the need to experiment. That said, I’m sure some pizza aficionados will appreciate the opportunity to delve into the finest custom details of the oven and experiment at their leisure.
Reviews on Sage The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo: Performance
Being a big fan of thin and crispy Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, I went for the “wood-fired” setting on my first attempt. Now, it must be said that no wood is involved here – Sage states that she used the moniker wood-burning to exemplify the super-high heat output required for authentic Neapolitan pizzas. The oven took about 25 minutes to warm up to the optimum temperature and it beeped when it reached the required temperature of 400 ° C. The small flashing LED also became static. During this time, I spent time making the pizza base using freshly made dough balls and other ingredients provided by the online pizza dough delivery company, Dough Dealers.
Now I like to think I know what makes a great pizza, especially a Neapolitan one, and this machine blew me away. The first thing to note is that I didn’t need to flip the pizza at all during baking, as the radiant heat was so even above and below all of the pizza. Admittedly, there is no light inside the oven, so unless your kitchen is lit like a football field, you might need to open the door every now and then for a quick look.
I’m also the first to admit that I’m no expert in pizza making and baking, but the truth is, I’ve never made better pizzas on any of the other ovens I’ve reviewed (I should add that some of the credit has to go to the Dough Dealers, whose ready-made paste is probably the best I have ever used).
Now that’s what we call a pizza crust
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Aside from a few irregularities in the shape of my bases, the Neapolitans who came out of this machine ticked all the boxes. In fact, the results were exceptional – huge mountain peaks of crisp, light and airy crusts filled with “leopard spots” and stiff, dark, dusty, dirty and mottled bases that looked like a real wood-fired oven. Indeed, the bases were so rigid that I was able to hold the edge of a slice without the point collapsing. I also made an amazing Chicago-style deep pizza using the metal pan provided, although unfortunately I ate the evidence before I could photograph it. Granted, outdoor pizza ovens – especially wood-fired models – can certainly be considered more authentic, but I swear I couldn’t tell the difference in taste and texture between this electric upstart and the wood-fired oven. Ooni, whom I still banging in the garden.
Apart from the top notch pizzas produced by this brute, the main appeal of this machine is its ease of use. At no time did I burn my hand – which has happened at least once with every other oven I have used. Likewise, there were no scabs catching on fire, no uncontrollable flames, and no worry about cats jumping on a hot exterior. It also produced a lot less smoke than expected – in fact, it produces virtually no smoke.
Yes, at £ 700 a pop the Sage Pizzaiolo is pretty darn expensive, but most high-quality pizza ovens are. After all, you could spend over £ 1,500 on a luxury wood-fired pizza oven to spend the entire evening feeding the flames, sweating in the heat, grabbing your hand, and burning at least a pizza or two. in the process. By comparison, this pizza oven was a snap from start to finish.
The Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo comes with a pizza peel and metal pan for a Chicago-style deep pan pizza
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Reviews on Sage The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo: Verdict
If you’re looking for a pizza oven that will make you the toast of the neighborhood, an oven so easy to grip that it makes the act of cooking pizza a cinch instead of a stressful binge, then I recommend strongly this one. Right out of the box, this stainless steel clad monster has produced pizza bases with all the good features of a restaurant-quality effort. Five stars all around.
• Buy the Sage The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo from Lakeland and other outlets when more widely available