Pizza oven specialist, Valoriani UK, has launched a new restaurant-grade oven into the UK market, and one that is a first for its Tuscan masters.
The ‘Rotativo’ is the first rotating oven launched by the brand since its foundation in 1890. The model was unveiled in Italy late last year but has now landed on British soil and is available to UK buyers through Preston-based Valoriani UK.
As the oven is a wood/gas product, UK law regarding the legality of using dual fuel is not clear, so the supplier is advising purchasers to choose one or the other.
The Rotativo’s revolving floor eliminates the requirement for pizzaiolos to move pizzas across the oven floor manually. This is aimed at saving time within the kitchen, optimising the labour resource and lowering payroll costs.
Meanwhile, the oven’s RHS patented heat system, used in other Valoriani models but not available to any other pizza oven manufacturer, is designed to recover and circulate heat, moving it under the baking floor at a very high temperature and getting the oven ready-to-cook faster. The technology is said to keep the floor evenly hot, to ensure consistency and a high-quality product. By using suction to force exiting heat under the oven floor, and combining this with the best insulation available, energy costs are estimated to be reduced by up to 30%.
The design of the oven delivers baking times of 70-90 seconds and the oven is certified by the AVPN in Naples, as being capable of baking ‘real Neapolitan pizza’, as well as other types. The oven holds eight or nine larger (30/32cm) pizzas at a time.
The Rotativo’s control panel can adjust baking temperature, floor rotation, speed and the temperature of the RHS system, while the oven’s bespoke 10-burner Spitfire gas device has also been approved by the AVPN, for those opting to cook with gas.
The oven is constructed of Valoriani’s cotto clay, which is claimed to have the best firing properties of any clay and which is only found in the family’s quarry. This should get the oven to temperature quickly and retain heat.
The manufacturer estimates that the oven can last for 10-15 years or more, due to its construction.