There is pizza catering and then there is woodfired pizza catering. What’s all the fuss about woodfired pizza and why should you choose woodfired pizza catering over other pizza catering?
All good pizza is cooked in an oven but a woodfired pizza is cooked in an oven that uses wood for fuel. The pizzas are placed in the oven after the fire has created coals. The temperature is typically over 400 degrees Celsius when the woodfired oven ready to cook the pizza. But despite the temperature, the pizza does not burn.
Cooking in a Woodfired Oven
The cooking process takes place like a convection oven where a natural current of warm air circulates and cooks the pizza evenly. The woodfired oven also offers a smoky element to the cooking where the crust can be infused with a taste of live fire. Because the oven is so hot, cooking in a woodfired pizza oven is fast and toppings will retain their flavour and freshness since they will only need to be in the oven for a very short period of time. The oven’s atmosphere also ensures the pizza base is crisp at the crusts. Pizza cooking times are less than five minutes which means a lot of pizzas can be cooked very quickly for catering purposes.
The wood we use at Roam’In Pizza is a kind of eucalypt known as Iron Bark, a tree native to Queensland and New South Wales. Iron Bark is a very hard and dense wood that is perfect for firewood. The type of wood used will affect the flavour of the pizza and we proudly promote our very Italian woodfired pizzas as containing a little flavour of the Australian bush.
At Roam’In we only use sustainable Australian wood from a forest registered as a Native Forest Practice by the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Water. In other words, our firewood is well seasoned, not illegally harvested and has had no chemical treatment. And it may interest you to know that the CSIRO declared sustainable firewood produces the least carbon dioxide of all heating sources. That’s because a tree that is growing will absorb as much carbon dioxide as the tree produces when it’s burnt. That making the tree life of growth to firewood carbon neutral.