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A Tour of Marra Forni

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Pizza people know how to party. Back in September, the MGM National Harbor resort hosted and event called Pizzapalooza, in which pizzaioli from around the world were brought in to showcase their work in a food festival setting. It was amazing and I was honored to work alongside my mentor John Arena, of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas. Since I was already down in the DC area, I decided to call my homeslice Anthony Pilla (blue shirt in above photo) over at Marra Forni ovens to ask about scoring a tour of their manufacturing facility in Maryland. Not only was he excited to host some visiting pizza makers, he was thrilled to tell me that we’d all be cooking in Marra Forni ovens at the event! After cooking on these amazing ovens for hundreds of Pizzapalooza attendees, Vincent Rotolo (black shirt above, owner of Good Pie in Las Vegas) and John Arena (white jacket) joined me for a tour of their birthplace.

Marra Forni wasn’t making ovens when they went into business 10 years ago, but now they’re one of the fastest growing manufacturers in the county. It all started with the Marra brothers launched went into business back in 2007, importing Italian food and brick ovens. It only took a year before they realized importing ovens wasn’t the smartest way to operate. They started importing raw materials and constructing the ovens on site at their facility in Maryland in 2008. Now they’re pumping out 400-500 ovens per year, each of which is handmade.

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The process begins with a stainless steel frame, which is fabricated in-house. Marra offers a few different sizes and models, but all of their current oven products are of the Neapolitan wood-fired style, which means …read more

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