There's no telling how many times the frozen pizza has been the answer to "What's for dinner?", when there was no answer. But if you want to experience your pizza in almost half the time, and with a noticeably different taste and texture, we may have a product for you. This week we put the Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven to the "Does It Work?" test.
"This pizza rocks!"
"I love the speed!"
Those are just a couple of the testimonials we read on the side of the box when selecting the Presto Pizzazz Pizza oven. And the time savings is the main claim. The makers says "while ordinary ovens are heating, you're eating." We'll know pretty soon.
We took two identical frozen pizzas. They are the rising crust variety. We put one in a regular conventional oven and the other we cooked on the Presto Pizzazz Pizza oven. We wanted to compare the time it takes to cook each, and the flavor and consistency of the pizzas.
Everything you need to know about cooking times, for every kind of pizza, is on the back of the cooker. That will prove useful once the instruction book disappears.
The Pizzazz has three settings, lower, upper and dual, referring to the two heating elements... one on top the other on the bottom. It also has a timer.
The Pizzazz does not require pre-heating. That's the secret to its time saving claims. Our "Pizzazz" pizza had been cooking for ten minutes before the conventional oven had reached its pre-heat setting of 400 degrees. For that reason... the "Pizzazz" pizza was ready to eat 10 minutes before the pizza in the conventional oven.
We called in several KLTV employees for a "blind taste test" of both pizzas and the conventional oven pizza was the winner 10 to 3.
The pizza from the conventional oven had a much softer crust. But that may have been because the "Pizzazz" pizza had to set and wait on the other one for a full 10 minutes before anyone got to eat it. The conventional oven pizza was fresh out of the oven.
The three people who liked the Pizzazz pizza admitted they like a crispier crust. They also said the toppings seemed more like toppings you get on a take-out or restaurant pizza.
The 10 who liked the conventional oven pizza, said they like their crust softer.
One mom who voted for the conventional oven pizza said the 10 minutes saved by the "Pizzazz" is pretty convincing and persuasive... something to consider.
It didn't win the vote. But cooking times will vary. We cooked a third pizza on the "Pizzazz", cut back two minutes on the time and it turned out great. We give it a "yes".
The Presto Pizzazz Pizza oven costs between 50 and 60 dollars. You can find it at almost any department store that sells kitchen appliances.