The Pizzagrill has a sturdy stainless steel frame with a temperature gauge attached and a thick pizza stone, big enough for a pretty substantial pizza (about 13 by 16 inches). I’ve been using the Pizzagrill a lot recently because it’s so easy to use and it makes a quick and tasty meal. The trick is turning the grill on and preheating the stone to about 600 degrees before putting your pizza on. Depending on your gas grill or oven, this can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, so plan accordingly. The Pizzagrill doesn’t have to attach to anything and there is no assembling required, just take it out of the box and throw it on the grill.
Why use this glorified pizza stone? Well I have had very little luck making pizzas on regular pizza stones because stones don’t usually have a temperature gauge. The gauge tells you exactly when the stone is hot enough. When making pizza, this is crucial.
The pizza stone part of the Pizzagrill can get a little dirty sometimes but it’s easy to clean. If you don’t have the time but want to use it again, just turn it over and use the other side. There is also a handy little crumb pan on the back where you can brush the crumbs into after each use. Using the Pizzagrill in an oven is easy as well. I tried it a few times and I was thoroughly impressed with the outcome.
I use pre-made pizza dough from a West Coast store called Trader Joes. I usually only use half a dough for a meal for myself and I like my crust thin so I use a rolling pin to stretch it out. I always use a generous amount of granulated polenta to keep the pizza from sticking to my work surface. You can make your own tomato sauce or just buy a bottle or can of it. Cheese is easy, just buy pre-grated or a block of something else and grate it at home. I usually put some kind of sausage or chicken on my pizzas as well. If I’m using a raw meet, I cook it in a pan for a few minutes before throwing it on top of the tomato and cheese. At the end I like some arugala or basil on top as well.
Using a pizza peel I transfer my pizza from my work surface to the preheated Pizzagrill and let it cook for about 10 to 12 minutes. If you roll the dough out enough the pizzas will come out nice and crispy. I haven’t been disappointed yet.
You can buy the Pizzagrill and a peel together from Amazon.com for about $95. It’s also available at some boutique kitchen stores and directly from the VillaWare website here.