Breville Pizzaiolo lives up to its billing

Pizza in about 90 seconds that looks and tastes good?

It's not fantasy, but it's reality with the Breville Pizzaiolo oven.

I checked it out at last week's Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, and the slices of pizza were good.

The Pizzaiolo is the first domestic countertop oven to hit 750°F and cook an authentic wood fired style pizza in 2 minutes. It replicates the three types of heat generated by a brick oven - conductive, radiant and convective. The Element iQ system also replicates the ideal baking environment for New York, Pan, Thin & Crispy and Frozen pizzas.

After four years of research and development and with input from the world’s leading pizza chefs, Breville designers were able to creatively use Element IQ® — the company’s patented heating system used across its entire oven range — to produce an oven that significantly advances pizza making at home. Up to then, wood-fired brick ovens that can cost as much as $25,000 were the only indoor option for making truly authentic pizza. The reason: They produce the conductive, radiant, and convective heat at high temperatures needed to cook the crust and pizza toppings properly. Breville’s Element IQ® System uses smart algorithms to steer power to where and when it is needed, to create and maintain the ideal baking environment. When applied to the variety of pizza styles, home cooks can now obtain signature “leopard spotting” on the crusts while at the same time achieving evenly cooked toppings – all without having to rotate the pie.

The oven doesn't take up much space and it's power is unmatched! An investment well worth it at $995.