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Outdoor Kitchen: Pizza Oven Recipes

Feature: Quick Read
Words by BRIDIE NEWMAN

Charred bubble crusts, melted mozzarella pulls, delicately browned toppings – master the art of pizza-making (and for the un-officiated among you, it truly is an art) and your garden parties will be the hottest ticket in town. But how do you make the best pizza using an outdoor pizza oven? The experts at Witt weigh in and share their tried-and-tested recipes for every step of the process. 

The Pizza Oven

If your favourite thing about dining alfresco is showing off your latest bit of kit, get acquainted with Witt’s Rotante pizza oven. The latest innovation in pizza oven technology, it’s rotating stone – alongside a U-shaped burner and booster burner beneath the stone to maintain consistent heat – gives you evenly baked pizzas with a crispy base, optimum browning and a perfectly leopard-spotted, crunchy crust. Best of all, the rotating feature takes the guesswork out of pizza-making meaning no more grappling with a peel to carefully turn your pizza while it cooks.

Step 1: The Pizza Dough Recipe

First things first, the base. For a Neapolitan-style pizza, perfectly soft and pliable yet chewed and charred around the edges, get the food mixer out and try Witt’s pizza dough recipe, specifically formulated for use in a pizza oven. For optimal results, prepare the dough 48 hours ahead and refrigerate, and let it rest at room temperature for 4-5 hours before use.

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Recipe by @wittpizza  

Makes 3-4 servings  
Preperation time: 5 ½ hours (including rest time) 
Cooking time: 1 minute 


5g dry yeast 
375ml cold water 
30g olive oil  
600g Tipo 00 flour 
20g salt 

Step 2: The Pizza Oven Sauce Recipe

Put the shop-bought passata aside and make this elevated take on a classic tomato sauce to take your pizza to the next level. To avoid a watery consistency, drain the tomato sauce or simmer until you reach your desired thickness. Restaurant-quality pizza, coming right up. 

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Recipe by @wittpizza  

Makes 8 servings 
Preperation time: 1 minute 
Cooking time: 20 minutes 


1 large onion
¼ chilli  
2 cloves of garlic  
2 sprigs of thyme  
2 sprigs of oregano 
3 tbsp of olive oil  
100ml white wine  
2 tbsp tomato purée 
2 cans of chopped tomatoes 
2 tsp salt 
1 tsp cane sugar  
2 tbsp dark balsamic vinegar 

The Condiments

However you choose to top your pizza, be it a drizzle of chilli honey, a sprinkle of sea salt or fresh truffle shavings, you’ll find a vast selection of pantry staples in the Roastery & Bake Hall on the Ground Floor in-store.

Step 3: The Potato Pizza Recipe

Fire up the pizza oven and opt for a Sicilian-style carb-on-carb masterpiece with this potato and salsiccia pizza recipe with fresh herbs. Trust us, this is one you’ll make time and time again. 

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Recipe by @wittpizza X @nopizzaiolo 

Makes one pizza 
Preparation time: 10 minutes  
Cooking time: 90 seconds  


1 pizza dough ball (280g)
1-2 potatoes (depending on the size) 
2 tbsp olive oil 
Salt 
Pepper 
Thyme 
Rosemary 
Parmesan or Pecorino 
80g fior di Latte or mozzarella 
100g salsiccia sausage 

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    Serve With

    Our wine buyers recommend complementing your potato and salsiccia pizza with La Rocca Soave Classico 2021 from Pieropan, an esteemed wine from Soave up in the Northeast of Italy. “Juicy, fresh fruit is balanced with a refreshing acidity, making it the perfecting pairing for this Neapolitan classic with a twist”.  

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The Pizza Oven Accessories

What’s a brand-new pizza oven without the bells and whistles to match? While the Rotante oven might do the pizza turning for you, you’ll still want to look the part as you transfer your creation from oven to plate. For additional rustic-chic pizzazz, serve on wooden peels.

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