Wood-Fired Pizza & Pink Wine POOL PARTY

wood-fired pizza

It’s about the heat. With temperatures between 750° and 800°F a wood-fired pizza oven delivers an exceptional pizza that simply cannot be matched by a regular oven. High heat creates flavors and textures that cannot be duplicated when pizza is cooked more slowly. A pizza cooks in under three minutes right on the oven floor. The crust is crisp on the bottom, the cheese is exquisitely melted and slightly browned, and the toppings are cooked to perfection. A thing of beauty, pure pizza bliss.

wood-fired outdoor pizza oven
wood-fired outdoor pizza oven

Our dear dear longtime friends, Chip & Pat, invited us all over for a pizza party. My nephews were thrilled to go swimming in their pool and hang out with the world’s most adorable dogs, Sophia & Luca. We brought along some pink wines to taste as well as ingredients for some pizzas. Chip had already prepared the dough and the pizza oven was heating up. We were looking forward to Pat’s caramelized onion and feta pizza, a perennial favorite…


french pinks wine, rosé
french pinks

It’s about the heat. Summertime is the time for pink wine. Summer and rosé are an unbeatable combination. Refresh the palate. Quench that thirst. Dry pink wine pairs wonderfully with our pizzas.

Domaine de la Fouquette Cuvee “Rosee d’Aurore” Cotes de Provence 2010 – Salmon hue, tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and grapefruit, flavors of strawberries, watermelon and citrus. Balanced acidity, a good quality rosé from Provence. Made of the classic cépages Grenache and Cinsault, but accented with Rolle (called Vermentio in Italy and other Southern France appellations), which adds citrus aromatics, crisp acidity and a touch of minerality. $17

pink wine
Domaine Le Galantin Bandol Rosé 2010 – A complex rosé, aromas hint of watermelon and rose petal. Medium-bodied, lively with crisp acidity. A classic Provencal rose with delightful fresh berry fruit flavors. It is composed of 50% Cinsault, 25% Mourvedre and 25% Grenache. 10% of the wine is saignée (bled from the must), the rest come from grapes treated as for making white wine. Médaille de Bronze Paris 2011 $20 (Lori Lynn’s #1 pick).

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2009 – The Pascal Jolivet Rosé is a blend of direct press and saignée production method rosé wine made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. This Sancerre rosé had forward aromas of red fruits, it’s full of elegance and subtlety. $25 (Pat & Kristy’s #1 pick).

Domaine de Jarras Gris de Gris Languedoc 2010 – The Gris de Gris is created from a blend of Grenache (80%), Cinsault (15%) and Carignan (5%) varietals coming from the vineyards raised on the Lion Gulf Sands. The Lion Gulf Soil, comprised of sandy sediments transported by the sea and winds along the Mediterranean Coast, is very unique. Light fresh flavors, especially strawberry jam. $10


kids’ pizza – cheese & just a few pepperoni
kids’ pizza – cheese & just a few pepperoni
bacon, lettuce & tomato pizza
bacon, lettuce & tomato pizza
caramelized onion & feta pizza
caramelized onion & feta pizza
half mushroom & burrata, half smoked salmon & crema pizza, half & half pizza
half mushroom & burrata, half smoked salmon & crema pizza


swimming pool

It’s about the heat. We’re goin’ swimmin’ first.


wood burning pizza oven

It’s about the heat. Chip begins the process of firing the oven about four hours before the party.
He lights almond wood in the center of the oven and progressively adds more wood as the hours go by.


Chip’s giant toothbrush, called a spazzola, is a fireproof brush used to
sweep ashes away from the cooking area.

almond wood

When the temperature is 850°F, Chip moves all the wood and embers
to a corner of the oven with an aluminum ash stick.


He uses the spazzola to sweep the ashes from the cooking area.

wooden paddle

A long handled wooden pizza peel, buccia di legno pizza, is used to transfer the pizza into the oven.
At this point the oven has cooled slightly to 800°F.

pizza oven

Pizza is placed on the buccia di legno pizza.
Chip, our master pizzaiolo, positions it in the cleaned area of the oven.
With a short forward jerk, he slides the pizza onto the hot oven floor.
A quick pull of the paddle backward completes the maneuver.

wood fired pizza

Our pizzaiolo watches the pizza, moving it around and turning it with the palo di infornare,
which is made of aluminum, to help it cook evenly. In three minutes, it’s cooked to perfection!



blt pizza

Lightly brush pizza dough with olive oil. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce.
Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and cooked bacon pieces. Top with sliced roma tomatoes.

wood fired blt pizza

Cook for about 3 minutes, turning as necessary.

blt pizza

Toss chopped romaine lettuce with buttermilk ranch dressing. Top pizza with lettuce.

bacon lettuce tomato pizza

Enjoy a slice of BLT Pizza by the pool!


caramelized onion feta pizza

Put about 2 T. olive oil in a skillet with a teaspoon of sugar and two large Vidalia or Maui onions, sliced,  over medium low heat for – really about 30 minutes. Move them around as they begin to soften – do not let brown quickly – cook very slowly for best results. If you cook them fast they will brown or burn as you well know and loose their plumpness and shape. Make 2 batches for one large pizza.

caramelized onion feta pizza
Brush dough with olive oil then cover completely with caramelized onions.
Top with feta cheese, then hand the pizza off to the pizzaiolo!


mushroom burrata smoked salmon pizza

Sauté mushrooms in a bit a olive oil, add fresh thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Brush pizza dough with a small amount of olive oil. Spread rough chopped burrata on one side and Mexican crema on the other. Top burrata with mushrooms and fresh thyme sprigs. Top crema with slices of roma tomato then smoked salmon, caperberries, and brined green peppercorns.

pizza oven interior

White-hot: inside the wood-fired oven.

mushroom burrata smoked salmon pizza

Don’s #1 pick – smoked salmon & crema pizza.


kid's pizza

Brush pizza dough with a small amount of olive oil. Spread pizza sauce over the dough.

Taking the job of pizzaiolo seriously.

cheese pizza

Kids’ cheese pizza, gets a few pepperoni, but “not too many.”

pizza oven

Don & Jett learning the pizzaiolo skills.

kid's pizza

Big hit: Kids’ Pizza.

kids pizza

What’s better than made-from-scratch wood-fired pizza after a swim on a hot summer day?

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore.


Natasha, the 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! host the 5 Star Makeover Cooking Group, an outstanding monthly event for “sharing ideas and creating gourmet makeovers of selected classic dishes or flavor combinations.”

August’s theme is pizza and as a result there are some of the most creative pizzas in the blogosphere being posted this month. Thanks to our dear friends Chip & Pat, my contribution to this month’s Cooking Group Event is the WOOD-FIRED PIZZA. Natasha and Lazaro will be posting a round-up on Friday – pizza aficionados must stop by!

That’s amore! Grazie Chip & Pat!

40 thoughts on “Wood-Fired Pizza & Pink Wine POOL PARTY”

  1. These look fantastic! When we lived in Sicily – nothing could beat the wood fired pizzas! How wonderful that your friends have a pizza oven!

  2. It is a wonderful thing to have friends with both a pool AND a pizza oven. What a fun, delicious time you all had.

  3. Those little puppy dogs are adorable! But I digress… there’s something special about a wood-fired pizza and these look wonderful. I shouldn’t read your blog when I’m hungry, Lori Lynn.

  4. I have one word: jealous! I guess I need to make better friends, or at least ones with pizza ovens!!!! I love wood fired pizzas and everyone of those looked great!!!!! Buzzed ya!

  5. What a great post! That wood-fired pizza oven is incredible! I love all the different pizza variations…I would definitely have trouble deciding which one to start with!

  6. I can’t decide if I want a wood fired pizza oven or your friends Chip and Pat!! lol. can I have both? Seriously though, these are just the most perfect pizzas … I actually had pizza for dinner last night but these photos make me want it all over again.

  7. I don’t know where to start.. except… I so want a pizza oven!!! ALmond wood must make for a beautiful fragrance. The crust looks perfect and the selections of pizzas over the top good… it was like visiting a pizza parlor. Smashing post… great party.

  8. wow, Lori! You outdid yourself! What a stunning post. What wonderful variety! Your friends sound divine; the home, the pool, the wood oven, the kids– everything is fabulous! My kinda of party!

    1. It was such a blast to host this event. the wines with the pizzas were gastronomic.
      and yes the pizza oven is well worth the investment. our’s is an earthstone oven which
      i highly recommend. Maurice the owner is there to answer any questions and with recipe
      suggestions. We also enjoy steaks fish and vegetables when the oven is slightly cooler.
      Thank you Lori, the post is beautiful.

  9. Looks like a fun day! Making all different kinds of pizzas and wine tasting is such a great idea for company. I’m dreaming of the caramelized onion and feta! That backyard pizza oven is awesome.

  10. Oh my – those pizzas look delicious! I just went out for thin crust pizza and was thinking how much better it would have been in a wood oven. My friend wanted to put a wood oven in his backyard and then I reminded him that we live in Canada (not really worth the cost).

  11. LL,

    Marvelous post. As per usual. Agreed about the oven, there is no comparison to the high heat generated by an oven like that.

    The pizzas look fantastic. Love the BLT concept.

    Thank you for continuing to grace our cooking group with your immense talent. we are much better for it.


    1. Hi Laz – you are too kind. It is my absolute pleasure to be a part of the Cooking Club, thank you for inviting me to join in. Your comment made my day 🙂
      Anxiously waiting to hear what September’s challenge will be…

  12. Everything about post is awesome. Your friends have my husband’s dream outdoors. He is a pizza fanatic and wants an outdoor oven he can get that hot. All the pizza combinations look great, but the crust looks the most incredible.

  13. Wow… BLT pizza.. great minds. : ) I love all the pizzas you have done. I wish I had a beautiful brick oven like that…amazing. You must enjoy pizza all the time. Very nice.

  14. I love your wood-fired pizza concept for the challenge! Nothing can quite beat the charred and crusty taste of these pizzas I’m sure. I am especially loving that feta and onion pizza! Look at all their expressions eating the heavenly pizza. Beautiful job!!!

  15. I love how you emphasize the versatility of pizza with this post. Taking it away from the terrible misconcepted fast food image it has today back to the rustic Italian dish it is.


  16. My goodnesss!!! I’m so jealous of you about this post. First, an outdoor fired-wood oven pizza – man, this is a one man dream. Second, variety of pizza toppings – I know I can’t get enough of it. Third, hanging out by the pool with pink wine – I can do this all day!

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