A review of the Hestan Campania Pizza Oven, and whether it’s really worth it! Spoiler, it just might be the best pizza oven out there.
This summer we upgraded our backyard with our very own 33″ Hestan Campania Pizza Oven. It was a game-changer! It has been so much fun perfecting our pizza technique and experimenting with new topping combinations.
Read on for my full review of the Hestan Pizza Oven!
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Hestan Campania Pizza Oven Features
- Ceramic hearthstone that creates a perfectly crisp artisan crust
- Dome shape traps hot air for efficient and even cooking
- Durable stainless steel exterior
- 12 customizable colors
- Double-walled to retain heat efficiently and keep the outside clean
- Quick cooking times
- Heats up quickly
- Electricity not required
- Propane or natural gas options
- Great for cooking more than just pizza! Sear stakes, roast vegetables, and even bake bread!
- Stainless pizza peel included
- Adjustable legs for uneven surfaces
- Smooth poreless ceramic surface for easy cleaning
- Can be installed on a countertop or within a non-combustible structure
- Safety gas shut off if the pilot light or main burner goes out
Here’s a video sharing some of the specs of the interior of the Hestan pizza oven:
Hestan Campania Pizza Oven Exterior – Aesthetics
This is a great looking pizza oven that we are happy to have on display. It matches the other Hestan outdoor kitchen products, which we are hoping to install at some point once we do a true makeover of our backyard. The stainless steel pizza peel is included and we also purchased the sturdy vinyl cover. Our pizza oven is their Grove color, a vibrant green color that looks amazing in our backyard.
Here’s a video looking at the exterior of the Hestan pizza oven:
What We Love About Our Hestan Pizza Oven
Outdoor pizza ovens seem to have pretty mixed reviews. Many of the other brands have reputations for burning pizzas and uneven cooking. Watching Youtube reviews of other ovens, people are frantically turning the pizza to prevent burning. It looks so stressful!
Our Hestan Campania Pizza Oven is nothing like that! It cooks everything we put in it evenly without any fancy techniques. The heat is so even that I’ve even baked bread and cinnamon rolls in it.
Instead of an overhead heat source, it relies on a thick ceramic tile with high power gas-fired burner at the back. It produces high-intensity infrared rays and air circulates in the dome-shaped interior for even and efficient cooking. This gives it a capacity similar to a traditional oven.
The oven is surprisingly small for how powerful it is. The pizza tastes like it was cooked in a giant wood-fired oven that you find at gourmet restaurants.
It’s also made us the spot for social gatherings. Maybe people always inviting themselves over for dinner is one of the downsides? 🙂
Hestan Campania Pizza Oven Downsides
If you’re looking for a portable pizza oven, this isn’t it! It’s extremely heavy and it’s larger than many of the pizza ovens on the market. Its larger size is exactly why it’s so amazing – and so versatile.
The other obvious consideration is the price. At $8,500 it’s significantly more expensive than some of its competitors. We have Hestan appliances in our kitchen so we trust the Hestan name to be a leader in the field. They are truly unparalleled in terms of design, performance, and quality. We knew their pizza oven would be no different.
We’ve had the chance to use other outdoor pizza ovens and nothing compares to Hestan. Instead of a pizza oven, we got a fully functioning backyard oven that we can use for so much more than pizza. This helped us justify the price. More on that below! It’s also an investment in quality that will last.
Using our Pizza Oven as a Backyard Oven
This powerful pizza oven with its reliable heat source isn’t just for pizza! We’ve been experimenting with all sorts of food. My favorite so far has been cinnamon rolls! They cooked absolutely perfectly with even heat. We’ve also made ciabatta bread, cooked directly on the ceramic hearthstone.
We made fish in our pizza oven a couple of weeks ago, cooked in an oven-proof skillet. It was fabulous! Perfectly tender and flaky and so moist. The pizza oven also works for roasting vegetables and searing steaks. Anything is possible.
Is the Hestan Pizza Oven Worth it?
With incredible reliability and functionality, durability, superior design, and multiple uses, our 33″ Hestan Campania Pizza constantly exceeds expectations. The price point makes it a serious investment, but for us it was absolutely worth it! We can’t wait to keep enjoying it for years to come.