Purpose of this blog

This blog will really be a true web log. I will post here about different wood-fired ovens as I find them.

If you know of any wood-fired ovens I should know about, you can send an e-mail to me. (If you build wood-fired ovens, I would like to hear from you too.)

There will lots of posts and lots of labels, since I plan to create one post for every appropriate web site that I find, and however many labels it takes to describe each one (usually at least the type of page and the location of the oven).

The accumulated information will still be found at the real Quest for Ovens web site links pages, but that is not updated as frequently as this blog will be.

If you are from outside the US and Canada, let me know what you find interesting about it. I see that I get visitors from India and Iran, and other faraway places. I'd like to know what draws you to this blog.

I received e-mail from the organizers of the BBC Two television show asking if the Saint Paul Bread Club could post a notice about their show Great British Bake-Off for amateur bakers. The information they gave me is now accessible through a link. (The organizers don't have a web page for the show itself yet.)

Please share this with any amateur bakers in Great Britain you may know, or post the link where they might see it.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Pizzeria Lola, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sometimes people suggest places to me, and that's what happened in this case.

My daughter told me that there was a new pizza place with a copper-clad oven not far from where she lived in south Minneapolis. It's near 56th St. and Xerxes.

The sign on the outside just says "Lola," but apparently the name is really Pizzeria Lola.

I actually stopped by to peak in the window where I discovered two things.
  1. They don't open until 5 p.m. on Sunday (I was there at 4 p.m.).
  2. The door of the oven faces into the kitchen, not out into the dining area.
For me, part of the important ambiance of a wood-fired oven restaurant is being able to see the oven in use. (It's part of the show, if you will.)

So, Lola is not as good a dining experience as they could be. I'll have to try their food when I have time.

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