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Pizza-Porta Shout Out

I met Cortlandt and his team at the Eggfest last weekend. Super good guy with a great product! My kit should be delivered shortly. I’m looking forward to dabbling with pizza recipes. Any ideas or advice for the first run?

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  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,987
    no offense meant here in any way.  I would return it and buy an Ooni or a roccbox.  Pizza is so much better when cooked in a purpose built oven, the egg is not one.  You will still be trying to overcome an incredible bottom heat imbalance cooking in the pizza porta.  Keeping the Ooni or roccbox fueled for hours is an easy feat, especially with the gas varieties.  The pizza porta cook means you are on a timer, you are headed for heat variability and a time when you must disassemble and refuel.  My Ooni koda 16 cooks incredible pizzas, and is so easy to manage.  I have an Ooni pro multi fuel for times that I think wood is the better option.

    For dough, I use the pizza app, or the Ooni app.  Both make dough easy to make as they compute the baker percentages and weights of ingredients for you.  My current method is 67% hydration with 1% oil using bread flour local to me.  I am kind of in a NY pizza phase right now.

    Again, just my opinions here, but I thought I would share them since you haven't used it and could still change your mind.  Good luck and enjoy your selection.

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • attaboyattaboy Posts: 30
    no offense meant here in any way.  I would return it and buy an Ooni or a roccbox.  Pizza is so much better when cooked in a purpose built oven, the egg is not one.  You will still be trying to overcome an incredible bottom heat imbalance cooking in the pizza porta.  Keeping the Ooni or roccbox fueled for hours is an easy feat, especially with the gas varieties.  The pizza porta cook means you are on a timer, you are headed for heat variability and a time when you must disassemble and refuel.  My Ooni koda 16 cooks incredible pizzas, and is so easy to manage.  I have an Ooni pro multi fuel for times that I think wood is the better option.

    For dough, I use the pizza app, or the Ooni app.  Both make dough easy to make as they compute the baker percentages and weights of ingredients for you.  My current method is 67% hydration with 1% oil using bread flour local to me.  I am kind of in a NY pizza phase right now.

    Again, just my opinions here, but I thought I would share them since you haven't used it and could still change your mind.  Good luck and enjoy your selection.
    Rained on my parade......haha! My wife bought it for me for our 15th wedding anniversary. I believe I’ll just hang on to it.

    I appreciate the feedback.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 4,234
    Looking forward to seeing some awesome pies @attaboy it seems like people who have the pizza porta really like it.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 20,342
    I agree with cookingdude's opinion above, but if you have the Porta and intend to keep it, I'm also pretty sure you can use it to make great pizza.

    I haven't used it myself, but I did speak to their people at length at a festival as well.  I've also cooked a fair amount of pizza on a dedicated pizza oven.

    My advice is to use this in temperature ranges between 500F and 700F.  I wouldn't go much higher than that with the Porta, because all you're doing is just burning through lump.  I believe the Porta people themselves don't go much above 700F.  And you can make great pizza at these temperatures.

    The other thing is to pick up a copy of Ken Forkish's book titled the Elements of Pizza.  It is an excellent book that will raise your pizza dough game considerably.  

    Lastly, have fun!  Home-made pizza is so much more fun than take-out.  Enjoy!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    The most arrogant man on the internet.  

    Living large in the 919
  • PowakPowak Posts: 1,151
    Is this the same thing they make for the Weber kettle?
  • Buckwoody EggerBuckwoody Egger Posts: 275
    There are definitely some folks quick to do wet blanket posts about the pizza porta. A lot of the gas fueled hot box enthusiasts post some good pies and also some pies with black burnt crusts.  Make your own joy — the pizza porta works fine as evidenced by eggfests all over the place. 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,406
    There are definitely some folks quick to do wet blanket posts about the pizza porta. A lot of the gas fueled hot box enthusiasts post some good pies and also some pies with black burnt crusts.  Make your own joy — the pizza porta works fine as evidenced by eggfests all over the place. 
     I'm stealing this. Well said. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • PeteSliverPeteSliver Posts: 84
    caliking said:
    There are definitely some folks quick to do wet blanket posts about the pizza porta. A lot of the gas fueled hot box enthusiasts post some good pies and also some pies with black burnt crusts.  Make your own joy — the pizza porta works fine as evidenced by eggfests all over the place. 
     I'm stealing this. Well said. 
    My wife says this to me all the time.
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,987
    attaboy said:
    no offense meant here in any way.  I would return it and buy an Ooni or a roccbox.  Pizza is so much better when cooked in a purpose built oven, the egg is not one.  You will still be trying to overcome an incredible bottom heat imbalance cooking in the pizza porta.  Keeping the Ooni or roccbox fueled for hours is an easy feat, especially with the gas varieties.  The pizza porta cook means you are on a timer, you are headed for heat variability and a time when you must disassemble and refuel.  My Ooni koda 16 cooks incredible pizzas, and is so easy to manage.  I have an Ooni pro multi fuel for times that I think wood is the better option.

    For dough, I use the pizza app, or the Ooni app.  Both make dough easy to make as they compute the baker percentages and weights of ingredients for you.  My current method is 67% hydration with 1% oil using bread flour local to me.  I am kind of in a NY pizza phase right now.

    Again, just my opinions here, but I thought I would share them since you haven't used it and could still change your mind.  Good luck and enjoy your selection.
    Rained on my parade......haha! My wife bought it for me for our 15th wedding anniversary. I believe I’ll just hang on to it.

    I appreciate the feedback.
    Ah man, I’m a dipshit. Sorry my friend. I’d keep it too in that situation. I feel so bad that I think I’m gonna buy one too. 

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • attaboyattaboy Posts: 30
    I agree with cookingdude's opinion above, but if you have the Porta and intend to keep it, I'm also pretty sure you can use it to make great pizza.

    I haven't used it myself, but I did speak to their people at length at a festival as well.  I've also cooked a fair amount of pizza on a dedicated pizza oven.

    My advice is to use this in temperature ranges between 500F and 700F.  I wouldn't go much higher than that with the Porta, because all you're doing is just burning through lump.  I believe the Porta people themselves don't go much above 700F.  And you can make great pizza at these temperatures.

    The other thing is to pick up a copy of Ken Forkish's book titled the Elements of Pizza.  It is an excellent book that will raise your pizza dough game considerably.  

    Lastly, have fun!  Home-made pizza is so much more fun than take-out.  Enjoy!
    Thank You. I’ll definitely use your advice and pick up that book. 

    We’ve got 2 daughters (10 and 7) having fun while making good pizzas is the whole idea. I think we’ll be able to check that box. 

    I appreciate everyone’s feedback!
  • attaboyattaboy Posts: 30
    attaboy said:
    no offense meant here in any way.  I would return it and buy an Ooni or a roccbox.  Pizza is so much better when cooked in a purpose built oven, the egg is not one.  You will still be trying to overcome an incredible bottom heat imbalance cooking in the pizza porta.  Keeping the Ooni or roccbox fueled for hours is an easy feat, especially with the gas varieties.  The pizza porta cook means you are on a timer, you are headed for heat variability and a time when you must disassemble and refuel.  My Ooni koda 16 cooks incredible pizzas, and is so easy to manage.  I have an Ooni pro multi fuel for times that I think wood is the better option.

    For dough, I use the pizza app, or the Ooni app.  Both make dough easy to make as they compute the baker percentages and weights of ingredients for you.  My current method is 67% hydration with 1% oil using bread flour local to me.  I am kind of in a NY pizza phase right now.

    Again, just my opinions here, but I thought I would share them since you haven't used it and could still change your mind.  Good luck and enjoy your selection.
    Rained on my parade......haha! My wife bought it for me for our 15th wedding anniversary. I believe I’ll just hang on to it.

    I appreciate the feedback.
    Ah man, I’m a dipshit. Sorry my friend. I’d keep it too in that situation. I feel so bad that I think I’m gonna buy one too. 
    Not a problem at all. 13+ years in the fire service has thickened my skin......I appreciate your humor!
  • attaboyattaboy Posts: 30
    There are definitely some folks quick to do wet blanket posts about the pizza porta. A lot of the gas fueled hot box enthusiasts post some good pies and also some pies with black burnt crusts.  Make your own joy — the pizza porta works fine as evidenced by eggfests all over the place. 
    I believe we’ll make the best out of it. Looking forward to getting back home to unbox and check it out. Your response is appreciated.
  • CornfedMACornfedMA Posts: 431
    I’ll 2nd @JohnInCarolina when it comes to The Forkish book. Changed my pizza making life and upped my dough game immeasurably. Even the quick same day dough recipes come out fantastic. 
  • EggpharmerEggpharmer Posts: 417
    Elements of Pizza is $2.99 on Kindle right now FYI
    Austin, TX
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,635
    edited May 22
    Congrats on the new toy. Pretty soon you’ll be buying flour in large bags and portioning with a FoodSaver. 




    Also, look in to the King Arthur Pizza Dough Flavor seasoning. Might not be traditional, but damn it tastes good. 




    MMBGE / Large BGE / XL BGE (Craigslist Find) / SF30x80 cabinet trailer - "Ol' Mortimer" / Outdoor kitchen in progress.  

    RECOVERING BUBBLEHEAD
    Southeastern CT. 
  • DonWWDonWW Posts: 418
    Just my opinion, but I will rain on attaboy's parade.  I - and many others - have been cooking great pies on the Egg for years.  I use just a pizza stone and the platesetter.  Great crusts, they turn out excellent. 
    XL and Medium.  Dallas, Texas.
  • attaboyattaboy Posts: 30
    DonWW said:
    Just my opinion, but I will rain on attaboy's parade.  I - and many others - have been cooking great pies on the Egg for years.  I use just a pizza stone and the platesetter.  Great crusts, they turn out excellent. 
    Thank you sir, greatly appreciated!
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,406
    CTMike said:


    Never heard of this before. Do you add it to the dough? Or sprinkle on top, then add toppings and cook? Can you describe the taste?

    sorry, lots of questions. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,635
    caliking said:
    CTMike said:


    Never heard of this before. Do you add it to the dough? Or sprinkle on top, then add toppings and cook? Can you describe the taste?

    sorry, lots of questions. 
    Here are the ingredients, might be able to replicate with just the cheese and garlic powder without all the excess. I think it adds a great flavor to pizza dough. 


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    RECOVERING BUBBLEHEAD
    Southeastern CT. 
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 11,631
    Never heard of the Pizza-Porta, and definitely looking forward to seeing some of your cooks on it!  Very cool gift, hopefully you got your wife something equally thoughtfull!  I got my wife a vacuum once, that was not a good gift.  15 years later, I am still paying for it.

    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 20,342

    I got my wife a vacuum once, that was not a good gift.  15 years later, I am still paying for it.

    Dyson?
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    The most arrogant man on the internet.  

    Living large in the 919
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 11,631

    I got my wife a vacuum once, that was not a good gift.  15 years later, I am still paying for it.

    Dyson?
    I wish.  It was a Hoover or Red Devil.  I assumed a vacuum was a vacuum.  A $35 surely was not that much worse than a $300 vacuum.  Boy, was I wrong.  In my defense, we barely had two nickels to rub together.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • GEAUX_CRNAGEAUX_CRNA Posts: 1
    I too purchased a pizza-porta at the egg fest. Love the thing.  Just on my first attempt I did six wonderful pizzas in 45min. Seriously this is an egg forum don’t let them rain in your parade. I guess I’m sort of primal and prefer lump over propane. Seriously this is an egg forum. 
  • briwaldbriwald Posts: 42
    DonWW said:
    Just my opinion, but I will rain on attaboy's parade.  I - and many others - have been cooking great pies on the Egg for years.  I use just a pizza stone and the platesetter.  Great crusts, they turn out excellent. 
    I'm not raining on any parades, but I too use the pizza stone/platesetter.  Making pizza on the egg was wonderful, but then my wife and daughter developed gluten sensitivities, which definitely rained on the pizza parade.  Recently, I invested in this book, and we are back in the pizza game.  So if you're gluten free, it doesn't mean you can't have fantastic pies.  
    Maitland, FL
    XL BGE since 2019
    "When cooking, I stick to the 3 B's: Beer, Bacon and Butter." 
  • MJGMJG Posts: 575
    …We’ve got 2 daughters (10 and 7) having fun while making good pizzas is the whole idea. I think we’ll be able to check that box. 
    +1 on this. I started making pizzas on the Egg w/my daughters at about those same ages. They, and their friends, always loved it. When they come home from college now one of the first things they want to do is make pizzas. The pizzas are good but the time spent together and memories made are what it’s all about IMHO. 
    Large Big Green Egg in a nest. North Shore of Boston.
  • Buckwoody EggerBuckwoody Egger Posts: 275
    The door on the pizza porta is also good for letting more kids / family / helpers make pies. Similar to the countertop gas things. I have made good pizzas without it just like everybody but opening and burping the egg lid at 600 is a lot different than opening the pizza porta front door and using a peel.  
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,654
    @CTMike A couple of pizza joints around here have a yellow dough.  I’ve always been told that it was egg dough but after a bit of research it turns out that most of them are saying that there aren’t any eggs in their dough.  After reading the ingredients list on the KA Pizza dough flavor, I had an idea… Kraft Dinner powder.  I am pretty sure that it is their secret ingredient.  They probably just use generic powdered cheddar cheese.  I’ve been wanting to try the KA powder ever since I’ve first read about it… when the border closed.  It is on my checklist of things to order as soon as the border reopens!

    @GrateEggspectations that’s the secret ingredient from the yellow dough discussion 🤣😂

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