Forno Allegro Nonno Lillo pizza oven

Nonno Lillo (by Necessories)

8 POR Score
Pros
Excellent Price, Lava Brick cooking surface, stylish, Italian Made, Fuel Efficient,
Cons
Small(ish) baking surface
Summary
Overall, we consider this a very good buy given the pros/cons comparison
Build Quality
Value/Price Point
Customer Satisfaction

 

This “made in Italy” oven is a fun twist on the classic pizza oven model and in fact, the look of this oven is becoming more and more popular for designers of other brands. What makes this oven a little unique is that even with its lower price than most other offerings in its class, it offers some features the others can’t match. Let’s see…

The Good
  • 100% pure stainless steel
  • Highly fuel efficient
  • 19.5 in x 15.5 in cooking surface
  • Handcrafted in Italy
  • Reinforced, polished stainless steel chimney pipe
  • Stainless steel wood caddy
  • Stainless steel door
  • Volcanic lava stone oven floor (heats up quickly, retains heat and cools slowly) … from Mount Etna no less!
  • Available in 2 colors: Hammered copper or Anthracite
  • comes with log holder to maximize the baking area
  • excellent value overall (features for the price)
The Bad
  • The relatively small baking surface area (19.5 in x 15.5) makes it hard to make large or multiple pizzas

One customer did have an issue with a flue that started to rust soon after purchase, and several owners were not super thrilled with its small size. That said, the small size (24×20 in) and lightweight (77 lbs) makes it easy to move around with 2 people, and it remains sturdy.

Quality, Durability, and Reliability

The unique and durable lava rock cooking surface from a famous mountain, is most likely what is restricting the size of the baking surface, but the quality of the rock is excellent and imparts its own, unique quality to your pizza. This oven is also designed to look good, and because of that, I would suggest getting a cover for it unless it is well protected in bad weather or winter snow. There may be an issue with some rusting, though it may not be a prevalent problem with all the units.

Is it Easy to Use?

With the wood holder, it sure is easier to build a fire and keep the ashes and wood chunks from rolling onto your pie. However, with the smaller overall interior dimensions, that addition was a virtual “must”

Cleaning

Easy Peasy – tiny oven, one damp cloth!

Price?

Priced well under the $1K mark, it looks like it’s a pretty good value considering its portability, looks, and lava rock baking surface!

See the latest price and more info HERE.

Anything Else?

The Forno Allegro Nonno Lillo pizza oven is well insulated for an oven of its size. Unlike ovens made of clay and various refractory materials its steel construction is not prone to cracking which invariably affects the performance of the oven. Stainless steel is a good choice for outdoor cooking in the northern U.S. states where resistance to the weather is somewhat of a necessity.

So, What Say We?

I’m really attracted to its portable size and I like the aesthetics. The manufacturer says it’s a VERY good oven for those just entering the world of outdoor pizza ovens since its small size makes it easier to manage the fire and heating system. My only reservation is the tiny baking area, and for that reason alone I probably wouldn’t buy it, but, but, ….I’m tempted!   YES, REALLY!

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