With the Presto 03430 Pizzazz Plus Pizza Oven, pizza making just got a whole lot better. This nifty little countertop rotating oven is the perfect addition to your kitchen if you are a pizza lover. But while it is a hot item and crowd favorite, it may not be the best purchase for you. Therefore, make sure to read this review to the end to find out if it is right for you.
Housed in an all-black casing, the Presto Pizzazz is a simple looking rotating oven. There are only two control settings to worry about, a timer and the heat control. You have three options to choose from in terms of where the heat is placed: lower, dual, and upper. There is also a nice little cheat sheet with recommended settings for different types of pizzas, which is great for quick reference.
The oven comes with two heating elements, which are located above and below the tray. Because it is an open style oven, meaning the heat is not trapped inside by a door, it doesn’t require any preheating. You only need to place the frozen pizza or food on the pan, select which elements you want used, and turn the timer. Eliminating the need to preheat the oven is a real time saver and is something I am sure a lot of people will be drawn to. Additionally, because it is open, you can easily see how your food is looking. This reduces the chance of overcooking your food.
Although most people will probably be using this oven for pizza making, it can also cook a lot of other things, hence the word “Plus” in the name. Some common items the oven can handle would be fish sticks, chicken wings, potato skins, jalapeno poppers, and other small frozen foods. The only thing to keep in mind is that the item can’t be too tall or high because there isn’t much clearance between the pan and the top element. Therefore, if you do try to fit something on there that rises or is tall, it could get too close to the heating element and burn or worse catch on fire.
In terms of cooking, the Pizzazz does a pretty good job. I like that it is faster than using my toaster oven and the food turns out pretty nicely each time. It does take little experimenting with the times and settings, however, to get the food how you like it.
A couple of things that I don’t like about it are, there is no on/off button, the timer only goes to twenty minutes, and it doesn’t fit larger size pizzas. Not having a power switch is a little annoying because there are times when you want to stop the oven and can’t. If you want the elements to turn off, you must unplug the machine. If not, you have to wait for the timer to finish. On the other hand, there are also times when you need the food to cook longer than twenty minutes. Therefore, it would have been nice to have a longer timer available. Lastly, the oven’s pan will only accommodate a twelve inch pizza. This works just fine if you are single, but for a bigger family, it’s not as convenient. You will have two cook another pizza in a different oven if you want the whole family to eat at roughly the same time.