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9 best pizza ovens to elevate your al-fresco dinner plans this summer & make you forget Domino’s ever existed

We’ve been on the hunt for the best pizza ovens since Boris Johnson announced that outdoor socialising would soon be a-go. We might not be able to go to to Italy, we thought, but we can sure as hell bring Italy to our back gardens. Famed for its world class pizza, there’s no better place for the promise of carby, doughy, cheesy goodness for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And one of the best pizza ovens will serve up something similar – with greater speed than a Papa Johns’ delivery.

It was lockdown 1.0 and that endless spell of warmer weather that marked the begin of the euphoric renaissance of the humble pizza oven. They fast became the cool girl’s way to cook al fresco and a staple in everyone’s garden furniture collection, turning out a slice of Hawaiian or a classic Margarita in just a minute or two. And as a long and (hopefully) sociable summer lays ahead of us, there’s no better time to make an investment. Alongside one of the best BBQs and a picnic blanket, obvs.

Forget hours spent labouring over dough waiting for it to rise, today’s range of slick and stylish ovens have become a sought after household staple – and for very good reason. These powerful, high-tech machines (that can reach a staggering 500°C in less than 10 minutes) produce truly delicious, mouth-watering Neapolitan pizzas that rival your favourite Italian pizzerias and leave you swearing to never eat Domino’s again. You’re about to have a queue of mates stretching right down your street.

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