Since I’ve been a resident of Italy for 13 years, I’ve developed into something of an authority on pizza, at least when it comes to eating it.
The pizza-making masters are my Italian spouse and mother-in-law. He used to work at the pizza parlor that she used to own. He is a stonemason who has created unique pizza ovens for a number of customers. Therefore, between the three of us, we have some knowledge about pizza and pizza ovens.
Alfa, an Italian manufacturer of commercial and residential pizza ovens, gave me the opportunity to test out their Nano pizza oven. The Nano is the brand’s entry-level oven, and it is offered in North America and Europe.
The Alfa Nano Pizza Oven: What Is It?
A little pizza oven called the Nano is advertised as being portable. Dwarf in Italian. We tested the Alfa Nano’s gas model, which is connected to a propane tank (purchased separately). Additionally, a natural gas line can be attached to it.
The propane tank is stored on a separate wheeled cart that came with our unit. The cart functions as a location to store fuel when the Nano is purchased as a wood-burning oven. Although they both require a stable level surface to rest on, both types may operate without the cart.
The Nano, according to the maker, can swiftly achieve high temperatures and produce true Italian-style pizza, bread, roasted meats, and vegetables in addition to other foods.
As we unpacked and put together the Nano, these were our initial thoughts:
It’s a well-constructed oven: When my husband noticed the shipping pallet on our front patio, he exclaimed, “Wow, this is a serious pizza oven.” The oven is substantial (more on that later) and has fine craftsmanship elements, like cleanly welded joints and seams and high-quality components.
My husband noticed the shipping pallet on our front porch and exclaimed, “Wow, this is a serious pizza oven.” The oven is substantial (more on that later) and has fine craftsmanship elements, like cleanly welded joints and seams and high-quality components. Easy to put together: Unwrapping it and sliding the chimney into place were all that were required for assembly. With straightforward directions, the cart was extremely simple to put together. The propane tank mounting hardware was provided.
Unwrapping it and sliding the chimney into place were all that were required for assembly. With straightforward directions, the cart was extremely simple to put together. The propane tank mounting hardware was provided. It’s alluring: The Nano is a stylish addition to a patio or garden thanks to its sleek form and bronze-effect paint.
The Nano is a stylish addition to a patio or garden thanks to its sleek form and bronze-effect paint. It is movable due to the cart: The Nano alone pushes the boundaries of portability with a weight of 110 pounds. We needed two people to pull it out of the box and place it on the cart’s sturdy casters. Without the cart, moving the oven would be difficult and always require two people.
How It Was Tested
For Family Handyman, Elizabeth Heath
We turned on the Nano for our initial test, shut the oven door, and watched as the temperature climbed to about 400 C (about 750 F) in about 15 minutes. And I’ll admit it: We baked an entire chicken with potatoes as the first meal we prepared in the Nano, not a pizza. In about 45 minutes, it was beautiful and crisp.
We finally made pizza on the second try. According to the manufacturer’s instructions, you should leave the oven door closed for 45 minutes while it heats up. When the door is opened and closed to insert and remove the pizzas, which cook one at a time, it enables the firebrick cooking surface to heat thoroughly and hold heat.
Another confession: We only let the Nano 20 minutes to heat up the first time we baked pizza in it. Our pizzas were therefore baked more on the top than the bottom. The lesson of the tale? Pay close attention to the guidelines!
We gave the second pizza we made the entire 45 minutes to heat, which resulted in a far better outcome. We made out thin-crust pizza dough, added the toppings, and then slipped each one into the oven on the pizza peel Alfa provided, just as we had done the first time. The pizzas cooked more consistently once the oven was completely warmed up, giving us fully cooked, crispy-crust pizza.
The Nano is self-cleaning due to its high temperatures. The next time you light the oven, any drippings on the brick surface burn off.
This pizza oven is an investment with a suggested retail price of $2,399 plus an additional $679 for the base. Start with a less expensive model if you’re just dipping your toes into the idea of a home pizza oven.
However, as my husband pointed out, the Nano is a genuine pizza oven – substantial and of the highest caliber, it offers a flawless pizza-making and baking experience. It is a feature and focus point just like any built-in grill or outdoor kitchen, whether it is on a wheeled cart or a permanent addition to a patio or garden.
Anyone who is prepared to spend money on a genuine outdoor pizza oven but desires portability and a smaller footprint should consider it.
The Alfa Nano Pizza Oven’s Retail Locations
Authorized dealers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including numerous Ace Hardware stores, sell Alfa Nano and other Alfa products.
Alfa goods are sold through a number of internet merchants, including BBQ Guys. Being a new model, the Nano may not be listed on all dealer websites, so be sure to ask about it.