The summer is here and its the perfect time to fire up the wood fired pizza ovens and sample some delicious pizza alfresco. 

It amuses me that I am writing this blog as I am the only ‘Foodie’ who doesn’t actually have a wood fired pizza oven of my own (check out their pizza ovens here… North, West and Purbeck) – West Dorset has even already blogged about Christchurch based pizza oven makers Stone Bake Oven Companytwice!

north pizza party

But after enjoying a Dorset Foodie catchup and Pizza party held at the weekend at ‘North’s’ house, two new East Dorset pizza companies have caught my eye …and any excuse to eat some more pizza! 🙂

Forno Pizza 2

Forno Pizza travel Dorset with their wood-fired pizza oven and you’ll see them at many of Dorset’s wonderful food festivals and events, cooking up a storm. I first saw them at Christchurch Food Festival (when my son caught their attention by asking for a pizza which was just dough and cheese… that’s his fav, what can I say?), and I have since seen them at countless events. Their pizzas are a twist on a traditional neapolitan pizza using handmade sour dough and are made in front of you and fired in mere seconds in their piping hot pizza oven – perfect for some festival fuelled alfresco dining.

I have had the pleasure of grabbing a quick coffee with Gina (the fingers behind their twitter account) and despite only starting in the last 12 months (including building their pizza oven from scratch), Forno has quickly gathered quite a following and its easy to see why with their beautiful pizzas!

Aside from festivals, foodie events and appearing at Bournemouth Street Food Corner, they can also be booked for private events – just contact them via their Facebook page for more details.

wood oven 4If you can’t wait until the next food festival, then the brilliant team at Urban Guild have fashioned up in super quick time a new addition to the Boscombe promenade called The Wood Oven. The perfect accompaniment to a sunny day and a beach vista, you can pick up a plethora of different pizzas for a reasonably priced £10 – plus a host of hot and cold soft drinks including the local Jimmy’s Iced Coffee as well as my fav – the glorious flat white! (mmm…..). Each pizza is made and cooked fresh in their (huge!) wood fired oven and can be enjoyed at their tables or on the beach. They also offer brioche buns filled with slow roasted meats or roasted veg and halloumi, handcut chips and a range of milkshakes.

I sampled their Florentine pizza, topped with smoked salmon, spinach, capers and a soft yolked, fried egg and it was delicious! Large enough for 2 people to share, it was stuffed with toppings and even sitting outside on the grey day that I visited, it was a delight. You can find more details on their website and pizzas can also be ordered through Deliveroo.

So if you don’t have your own wood fired pizza oven (hard standing or mobile) then these are just some of the options to satisfy your cravings on these glorious warm summer evenings! Maybe even share some of your delicious pizza pictures with us – a bit like John did yesterday! 🙂

john pizza cameram

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