“Just wanted to let you know your oven is great. Started my project in September and finished up in December. Fired the oven up for Christmas Eve with friends and it was a hit. We’ve used the oven many more times since.”
“Our CBO-750 wood burning brick oven is absolutely the draw of the neighborhood and my teenage sons. I never imagined the popularity. Outdoor rooms in Texas are big and mine beats everyone else’s!
Our oven’s now about three weeks old and I’ve made pizzas four times and calzones once. It’s everything I wanted it to be. It lights very fast and takes only about an hour to reach the temp for cooking. (I take advantage of the warm-up time to do some cooking; browning sausage for the pizza is a classic trick.) We also purchased a digital thermometer, which really helps you know where your temps are at. The oven cooks a pie in about two minutes and the view hole in the door lets me check what’s cooking without opening the door and losing heat. It uses very little wood; only about three small logs and a good handful of kindling. Impressive! And with so few pieces to deal with, installation was much easier than I expected.
Our family is big on cooking together, but this oven is like some kind of polar magnet. The kids especially love to prep the oven and even help cook. (The parents enjoy the vino and are keen to be served the pies. It’s become a weekend tradition.)
I should have done this so much sooner. I’ve been making pizzas for 10 years in the regular oven and on my grill, but this CBO oven has catapulted me to stardom! I purchased my oven and surround stone at Custom Stone Supply.”
Highland Village, Texas
“When we first installed our Amici Grande wood burning oven from Chicago Brick Oven, we had no idea what a huge drawing card it would be for our al fresco dining area. The oven has become so popular with our customers — not only for the way it enhances the flavor of our food, but for the ambience it creates — that we’ve developed a full menu just for the foods we cook in it. A wood-fired oven from Chicago Brick Oven is a must have for any establishment that has outdoor dining and wants to give its food and wine enthusiasts the ultimate experience.”
Fox Valley Winery
“After just two weeks of us practicing cooking in our new CBO oven, the neighbors have learned the smell and start gathering quickly. All the men in the family have become happy log-splitters and even our teenagers have been inspired to try their hand at pizza. We have tried pizzas galore, steaks, shrimp, ribs and chicken and nary a leftover in sight! We are trying breads next. It is quite amazing how long and how much you can cook with just one firing. Love it and the accessories we purchased, especially the grill grate that we fire-up on top of coals and make the most amazing steaks and seafood. No cleanup; it all burns away. We are really enjoying cooking and everyone joins in. Sometimes we ace it and sometimes we totally bomb, but every time is an event and we laugh so much at our experimental mistakes that they are well worth it. July has been one reason to party one after another and a cord of wood is already gone. Seems crazy, but that thing gets fired-up even on the hottest days. The kids like swimming in the pool next to it and jumping out to throw in a pizza, then back in the pool. They keep the oven just hot enough so we can cook again for dinner and then a dessert pizza with our wine after dark.
It was very nice meeting you all and if you ever have another demo day, please let us know. We would love to see you in action again and we have a lot to learn. Thanks for all your help and advice. We are very happy with our decision to buy a CBO.”
“We bought an Amici oven from you this last January. I wanted to contact you earlier, but we have been so busy. We ended up in three farmer’s markets this season and I must say, the oven is the star of the show; I also make really good pizza, I guess. (Check us out on Yelp/Portland, search under ‘La Pizza Pela.’) We averaged 60 pies a day at the Lake Oswego market and answered about five questions per hour about our oven, I swear. It is such a guy-magnet; they all want one for their backyard. I tell them to call you and collect information on all of Chicago Brick Oven’s products. A quick note on how we got started. The oven came just as promised—in perfect condition. The way it baked was like nothing I have ever made; and I was a journeyman baker for 14 years, am a culinary school grad and have a wall full of baking awards. I was amazed how this oven performed.
We since have a menu featuring all the popular toppings and some unique ones of our own. We have developed recipes and techniques that allow us to bake two 11″ pies at a time and push the production up to about 15 pies per hour, no kidding. We heat with two-year-dried hardwood for about 90 minutes, then keep the flame high and every 8-10 pies, or so, we just shovel the fire to the other side, give a quick sweep and boo-ya—we don’t miss a beat! Our bake time is under five minutes a pie. In the month of July, we produced over 1,200 pies in our three markets. The oven is not only handsome and well made, it’s also a workhorse that has paid for itself in half the time we thought, exceeding all our expectations. I just wanted you to know, first-hand, of our experience so far with your product. Mario Batali is one of my culinary heroes and I wear my orange crocs proudly, singing the praises of Chicago Brick Oven.”
La Pizza Pela
“Our oven was installed in less than 30 minutes! The service was excellent and we look forward to the ‘Recipes of the Month’!”
“We absolutely love our brick oven. From pizza to salmon, we are enjoying cooking everything in there. Most of all, the flavor is unbelievable. Everything comes out delicious. Easy cleanup with more time for relaxing…we love it!”
“I did not believe my husband when he told me we would use it all the time. It is easy and the food is delicious and fun! We have cooked everything from Mexican to kabobs to pizza! The kids love to make their own pizzas. We have a couple of birthday parties scheduled this year where the theme is ‘Make Your Own Pizza’…and cook it! Here is a great tip…Nothing finishes off a fun evening like a golden brown s’more out of the brick oven!”
“We are thrilled with our CBO oven and fireplace combination unit. Nothing complements a roaring, outdoor fireplace better than a hot pepperoni pizza coming out of the brick oven. We love having ‘Make Your Own Pizza’ parties where we bring out tons of toppings! We love the oven!!!!!”