Lacking a wood-burning over, Dave Ravanesi turned to the next-best tool: a hacksaw.
He used it to cut off the locking mechanism on his electric range, "enabling him to bake at the incinerating temperatures of the oven's cleaning cycle," The Inquirer's Rick Nichols wrote. "The cleaning cycle, in the event you have never stuck your head in to check, can hover easily upwards of 1,000 degrees."
Ravenesi aims for 810 degrees, which bakes his pies to char-speckled perfection in a minute and 40 seconds, Nichols wrote.
As someone who is forever trying to improve upon her homemade pizza, I appreciate an extreme culinary striver like Ravanesi.
I wouldn't have the nerve to hack off my oven's locking mechanism. I'm quite sure it would end with my house burning down. But I'm glad there are people out there like that.
The real, wood- and gas-burning deal at Pazo. Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum