Delivita Pizza Oven Review

Delivita Pizza Oven

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Pros:
  • Beautifully handcrafted design
  • Makes delicious pizza
  • Semi-professional pizza oven
  • 5-Year Guarantee
  • Range of colours
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Additional cost for accessory packs
  • Only cooks one pizza at a time

If you’re looking for a stylish and restaurant-grade pizza oven, the Delivita is an excellent option. However, it’s important to note that it is one of the more expensive options on the market.

That said, the Delivita pizza oven offers a lot in terms of features and performance. It’s made from high-quality materials and heats up quickly, so you can start cooking your pizzas in no time. This is Delivita’s wood-fired pizza oven, and there are currently no other fuel options on this model however, the more expensive Delivita Pro does have duel-fuel (wood and gas) capability.

My friend, Alan, recently bought a Delivita, and we reviewed it together.

The Deluxe Pizza Oven

Everything about Delivita oven feels like it is of the highest quality, and no expense has been spared to bring a quality product backed by excellent customer service.

The materials that have been used in its manufacture feel high-grade; the clay interior to maintain the heat, the fibreglass exterior to prevent it from being too hot to touch, and the stainless steel facade to add the perfect finishing to an already elegant and stylish design.

And a lot of thought has gone into how the product looks. It is beautiful and sleek and would make an eye-catching centrepiece in any garden.

But it’s not just the aesthetics; it has substance, too, heating up in less than half an hour and cooking a delicious pizza within 90 seconds. Of course, such power comes at a price, but the Delivita pizza oven is definitely worth the investment for those who love to entertain.

One might think that with a dedication to creating such a premium product, savings may have been made in Delivita’s customer service, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The Delivita team go above and beyond to ensure their customers are satisfied with an after-sales service that is second to none.

Let’s explore how to use the Delivita pizza oven in more detail…

Setting up the Delivita Pizza Oven

The Delivita pizza oven arrived in a cardboard box with some styrofoam packaging and plastic wrapping. It’s well packed but does not use the most sustainable materials. Alan opted for a package that contained a set of accessories; these were packed at the top of the box, with the oven itself underneath. The accessories included an oven brush, pizza peel and thermometer – we will look at these in more detail later.

Although the pizza oven is classed as portable, it is rather heavy at 30Kg, so Alan and I carried it to the makeshift stand he’d made together. Fortunately, it has two carry handles on the right and left sides to make it easy to grip. One person can lift and carry the Delivita, but it is much safer if two people share the load.

Delivita in situ

The Delivita oven can be situated on any flat surface that is strong enough to bear its weight. It retains the heat brilliantly, which means that the exterior (including the underside) does not get too hot.

Before the oven can be used to cook pizza, it needs to be cured; this is the process of drying the clay interior and then tempering it to get rid of any excess moisture.

To cure the clay, light a small fire in the front of the oven, using kindling and firelighters. Over a five-hour period, more wood should be added, and the fire moved to a more central position. Temperatures should be kept low and not exceed 250 degrees Celsius during this process – the temperature gun that Alan purchased with the oven helped ensure the temperature did not get too hot.

We cured the oven on a Friday, and then our two families got together for a bit of a pizza party on Saturday.

Using the Delivita Pizza Oven

When we arrived, Alan and I stacked a few pieces of kindling on top of an organic firefighter in the centre of the pizza oven. We then lit the pyre, added a bit more kindling and a hardwood log and had a couple of beers whilst it got warmed up.

After about 10 minutes, we added another log, and after about half an hour, we pushed the fire to the back and left-hand side of the oven and added a bit more wood. We then cleaned the ash from the base of the oven using the wire brush that came with the accessory set.

A few minutes later, we checked the temperature with the temperature gun. It was burning at 524 degrees Celsius, so we decided it was ready to start cooking some pizza.

Alan’s wife, Abs, had already prepped some dough bases and toppings, so everyone built their own pizzas according to their own preferences. For me, this was an overindulgence in spicy pepperoni.

The Delivita oven can cook pizzas up to 12″ (30cm) in size, but only one pizza can be cooked at a time. Fortunately, pizzas are cooked perfectly within about a minute and a half.

Alan was in charge of cooking the pizzas, and he said he had difficulty getting them on and off the pizza peel for the first couple of tries because the pizza dough was sticking to it. But after a bit of practice, he got the knack for it (he said he requires a particular flick of the wrist and a well-floured pizza peel to get it right). The rest of the pizzas were in, turned around and out without a hitch.

Pizza cooking in the Delivita

As for the pizza itself, they got a thumbs-up all around. Absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. Alan was very proud of being able to cook restaurant quality pizza in his own back garden.

Cleaning and storage

The Delivita pizza oven is very easy to clean after use.

Of course, you must let it cool down first, which can take several hours. We just left it until the next day – I say ‘we’ but it was just Alan that cleaned it up whilst I was at home nursing a hangover!

He swept out the leftover ash and other debris and bagged it up in a bin liner. No disinfectant or other cleaning products need to be used on the inside of the oven as all bacteria are killed due to the high temperatures; however, he did use a couple of anti-bacterial wipes on the stainless steel trim and fibreglass shell, which had got a bit greasy and grimy.

The Delivita oven is waterproof and somewhat weatherproof, which means it can be left in situ in the garden all year round; however, if the area does not have a roof, it is recommended to purchase the cover to protect it from the elements.

Alan has not decided if he will keep it outside or store it away in his garage for the Winter – if he chooses the latter, he will probably need some help to carry it as it is a two-person job.

He did say that even if he doesn’t use it for alfresco dining in the colder months, it could still be used as a glorified wood burner, which guests could huddle around to keep warm.

Accessory packs

There are four options for accessories when buying a Delivita pizza oven:

  1. No accessories (just the oven)
  2. Pizzaiolo collection (oven, cover, peel, cutter, brush, prod & blow, dough scraper, pizza turner, 12x pizza dough balls and curing starter pack
  3. Wood-fired collection (oven, cover, peel, dish, glove, brush, prod & blow, door, book, and curing starter pack)
  4. Deluxe complete collection (everything from options 2 and 3 plus a stand and a temperature gun)

Alan purchased the Wood-fired collection for a shade under Β£1,800 and spent an additional Β£30 on the infra-red temperature gun; consequently, we can only review the items in this package.

Pizza Oven Cover

The Delivita pizza oven is very robust and hardy. Still, exposure to the elements for prolonged periods will inevitably take its toll, and the shine will begin to fade over time. If your oven is in a location with a roof (e.g. under a pagoda) or will be stored inside when not in use, I think there is little point in having a cover. However, I think the cover is an essential accessory if you intend to have it outside and be exposed to the weather.

Oven Glove

Like everything that belongs to the Delivita brand, the oven glove is made from quality materials. It is hand-made from high-grade leather and is both heat resistant and flexible. However, apart from the initial ‘wear test’, Alan didn’t really use this item whilst making the pizzas, so it is not really a necessity.

Pizza peel

A pizza peel is a giant spatula and an essential item for transferring pizza into and out of the oven and turning it around while it is cooking. As with all Delivita products, the peel is built with quality in mind and fits the oven’s opening perfectly. Alan said he had no issues with the peel, however, he is used to using perforated peels, which have little holes in them to help reduce moisture build-up. Given the choice, he would have prefered a perforated option.

Cleaning brush

An olive-wood handle and steel wire oven brush again speak volumes for the quality of the Delivita brand. In our opinion, the brush is an essential accessory for the pizza-making process because it keeps the base stone clean and free of ash and debris before sliding in a pizza.

Prod & blow tool

The ‘prod and blow’ tool is an incredibly useful multifunction item. It has a shovel at the end, and Alan used to add more logs to the fire at the back of the pizza oven. He also used it to poke the fire and move around the embers to keep the fire going. An additional feature is that it can be used to reignite dying fires by blowing through the hollow tube – unfortunately, we didn’t test this because we had no issues with the fire burning out.

Oven door

The oven door extends the functionality of the pizza oven for cooking different dishes. With the door on, the pizza oven can roast, bake and smoke foods such as fish, meat, bread and vegetables. It easily slots onto the front of the unit and has a shutter that can be opened and closed to release or contain smoke, depending on requirements. So far, Alan has only cooked pizza in his oven but is eager to try out some different recipes.

Oven dish/tray

The black rectangular dish is cast iron and has the perfect dimensions to fit in the oven. It looks solid and robust and can be used for cooking meals other than pizza. Similarly to the oven door, we haven’t yet tested the dish out, so we can not comment on its functionality, although it looks like it would do the job well.

Wood-fired pizza oven cookbook

The book is titled β€˜Fired’ by Jon Finch and Ben Merringtonand contains over a hundred wood-fired pizza oven recipes. I’ll be honest here – neither Alan nor I have looked at the book yet, so I can’t comment on it.

Curing starter pack

The curing starter pack contains some wood, some kindling and some organic firefighters, along with instructions about how to cure the oven. It’s a nice addition to ensure that beginners use the right materials to cure their oven for the first time, but essentially it is just fuel and firelighters.

Temperature gun

There’s not much to say about the temperature gun except that it just works, and I feel we’d have been lost without it. I guess unless you’re a seasoned pizzaiolo, you’re not going to be able to tell the difference between 200 degrees Celsius and 500 degrees Celsius by feeling alone (and there is a risk of being burned). With the infra-red gun, you can check the temperature of various parts of the oven from a safe distance and know exactly when it is hot enough to bake a pizza.

Final verdict

Pizza cooking in the Delivita pizza oven

The Delivita is a stylish, semi-professional pizza oven made of high-quality materials, and it cooks pizza to perfection.

Each unit is hand-crafted in Yorkshire by skilled artisans and is available in various colours. There is also a 5-year guarantee.

Regarding eco-friendliness, Delivita sources all of its produce locally; however, not all packaging is biodegradable.

If you’ve never used a pizza oven before, it can take a bit of practice to learn how to make the perfect pizza, but that is part of the experience.

The Delivita looks sleek and elegant and is something you will be proud of and want to show off. As well as being a centrepiece to any outdoor area, it is also an interesting talking point that dinner guests will love to chat with you about it – and maybe even have a go with it themselves.

Alan felt that the wood-fired accessory pack was not great value for money because he didn’t use all of the items, and it was quite expensive. It cost him Β£400 for the accessories, and he will really only use the oven brush, peel, prod & blow and oven door, which he could have got for Β£285. The other items are nice but not essential. Alan also made the point that all of these items in the accessory packs can be obtained from different manufacturers/brands – although the build may not be quite as good, they will do the job just as well.

Similar pizza ovens have a temperature gauge built into the oven itself; however, this feature is not present on the DeliVita oven. Saying that we had no issues with using the temperature gun that was bought separately but this would need to be factored into the total cost.

Overall, it is difficult to find many faults with the Delivita oven. It cooks great pizza, looks amazing, and is easy to use.

Of course, the price is relatively expensive, at Β£1,400 for just the oven itself, so it may not be an affordable option for some. Less expensive alternative pizza ovens include the Ooni range, particularly the Ooni Fyra 12, which currently retails at just Β£250.

But, if money is not an issue, then you can’t go far wrong with the Delivita Pizza Oven, and it will give you a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction for many years.

Delivita Pizza Oven Datasheet

Manufacturer:Delivita
Environment:Outdoor
Fuel:Wood
Portability:Tabletop
Type:Portable
Height:35cm
Width:59cm
Depth:65cm
Weight:30kg
Time to heat up:15mins
Max pizza size:12inches
Max capacity:1 pizza(s)
Price:Β£1395 Check for deals