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Make Pizza in Impresto Fashion
How does baking your own frozen pizza at home compare to a good pizza delivery?
The Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven might give you second thoughts about using Dominoes Delivery, next time you’re in the mood for a good, quick pizza. If you’ve tried a variety of frozen pizzas, you know that the quality, taste and texture range from awful to pretty decent. Now, I’m not going to tell you that a frozen pizza baked with the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven is going to replace your favorite pizza parlor, but it might just reduce the number of times per year you visit or have Dominoes Pizza Delivered to your home. While Presto has been churning out gimmicky household products for years, they have come out with a few good ones. The Presto pizza oven has actually been out for quite a few years. As you can imagine, it makes quite a popular gift for college kids. Unlike so many of these novelty household items, they usually don’t end up quite as convenient, quick or easy-to-use as the advertisements made them seem. As a result, many Presto items tend to fill up a lot of junk yards and garage sales space. However, there are a few good ones. If you’re considering a quick, convenient way to make pizzas at home, here’s what you need to know about the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven.
Making Pizza with the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven
It’s as Easy as Toasting Bread
The Presto Pizza Oven has a heating element on both the top and bottom. It works much like the way your toaster browns or crisps both sides of a slice of bread. The benefit with pizza is that you have dual control over the texture and crispness of both your topping and crust. There is actually a temperature dial for both the top and the bottom of your pizza. This dual-heating method is a huge deal for those frozen pizzas which often times end up soggy on the top, and burnt on the bottom. The bottom tray rotates, so the top of pizza is cooked evenly. I’ve always felt that the toppings on frozen pizzas taste a little freezer burnt. By roasting the top of the pizza, the flavor and texture of the topping is greatly improved, in my opinion. Frozen pizzas come in a variety of sizes, mass, density and thickness, and the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven is equipped to handle them all.
Simple to Use and Easy to Clean
I often stop using kitchen gadgets that are clumsy, cumbersome, and difficult to clean or use. The Presto has none of these problems. The metal, round pizza tray comes right off, making it a snap to wash clean. The upper heating element never comes in contact with the pizza, and can be easily wiped free of any grease and grime that might accumulate after baking a few pizzas. The Pizzazz is not only easy, but enjoyable to use. It is kind of fun to watch the pepperoni, sausage and bell peppers roasting as the cheese begins to bubble and turn slightly brown. If you’re using a thicker pizza, and prefer a crispy bottom crust, you might try putting your toppings on after the bottom has cooked for a while. With some experimentation, you will have no problem getting your favorite frozen pizza to turn out the way you want them.
There is Always a Drawback
There are just a couple of cons to the Presto Pizzazz.
You are limited to a pizza size of only 7 to 12″. Sorry, but those big, tasty 16-18″ frozen pizzas from Costco, or your favorite Take & Bakes won’t work.
One other hitch: A number of Presto users have complained that the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven didn’t hold up for more than 1-2 years. For the $42.00 price tag, I can live with that. Especially after seeing wherever there was a complaint, the Presto users thought enough of their experience to replace their broken one with another unit.
This is an old, time-tested product, so I won’t even bother with giving it a numerical rating. Suffice it to say, that the Presto gets a big thumbs up from me. This hardy invention saves college kids money on Dominoes Delivery – enough said.
If I can’t use the big pizza’s from Costco or Papa Frank’s the presto oven is absolutely worthless. Any other pizza is garbage with the exception of some of the pizzas that you have delivered.
College kids eat garbage and we are encouraging them to eat garbage. When my first kid went to college this was a big worry for me. We bought her a meal plan and I told her to make sure she ate plenty of veggies and drank milk. A presto pizzazz pizza oven would not be something I would have encouraged.
If she wanted to eat an ocassional pizza I would rather she order something good and I would willingly pay for it.
Sorry, but this product gets a thumbs down from me. And it only lasts one to two years. What’s up with that?!
Thank you for your feedback, Dina.
I would agree that most frozen pizza’s aren’t the best quality, even when cooked with said, Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven.
On the other hand, I think there are some excellent thin crust pizzas that you may not have tried.
The Palermo’s thin-crust chicken pizza with artichokes from Costco tastes amazing and would fit just fine in the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven. Honestly, this Palermo thin-crust pizza is tastier and healthier than any of the ones delivered from Dominoes. Also, I recall California Frozen Pizzas being very good too. Don’t underestimate the way a Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven cooks the toppings on a frozen pizza. You just don’t get that bubbly cheesy topping with some of the delivered pizzas.
Just what I need… another kitchen appliance crowding up the place. What next an electric coffee stirrer???
Just kidding, the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven looks pretty cool and if you guys like it, it must be a decent machine.
Normally, I don’t like a bunch of kitchen gadgets cluttering up my counter space either. The Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven will remain discretely stored underneath my counters until its time to cook a pizza.
That is true, Helen. The Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven can cook any type of crust that will fit inside the oven. It’s really a great little cooking device.