Pizza has the ability to elevate. For food made from such basic ingredients, it is spectacular indeed. But, pizza doesn't stop there; what goes on top matters too. One can drag it through the garden or drag it through the, uh...meat garden. In any event what comes out is a totally customizable food that is startling in its simplicity yet delicious in its complexity. How could pizza be elevated any higher? By putting the pizza oven on the table of course.
The Cuisinart CPO-600 Alfrescamore Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven (about $250) is designed for the picnic table. The gas-powered pizza-maker creates the high heat necessary that truly magnificent pies require. It takes about 15 minutes to heat up and when ready, a pizza pie cooks up in about 5. An integrated wood chip cup allows for wood-fired flavor without the hassle of an open flame.
A 13-inch pizza stone is included to help keep the oven to temp between pies. A warming tray slides out from underneath the oven, to better time the servings. The pizza oven weighs in around 40 pounds, so it can be moved to and fro with (relative) ease. And as it requires no electricity, the pizza party can be extended from the patio into the great beyond -- or even just a nearby picnic or tailgate.