I’m about to tell you how to win Father’s Day this year: Get him an Ooni Koda outdoor pizza oven. Yup, that’s it. We bought my dad this exact model for his birthday back in April, and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that he hasn’t stopped talking about it since. In fact, he’s so obsessed with using it that we now eat pizza two to three nights a week, which is a win-win, if you ask me.
Why are dads so into this outdoor pizza oven? For starters, the Ooni Koda is gas powered, so it’s easier to use and less expensive than traditional wood-fire ovens. It’ll only take a couple of uses until he’s totally mastered his pepperoni or plain cheese baking technique…and then he’ll start lecturing the rest of the family on how to put the pie in ‘just right’ to get that golden crust.
Once the oven gets warm, it can turn out an evenly-baked pizza in a few minutes flat. Each pie comes out crispy and just lightly charred, as if it was cooked in an actual wood-fire oven. That’s thanks to the Ooni Koda’s built-in baking stone, which locks in heat to create the crispy crust we all expect. If dad needs a little baking inspo, it also comes with recipes for homemade dough and sauce.
Another thing my dad likes about this outdoor pizza oven? It’s portable. Meaning he’s already dreaming up what topping combinations he’ll use when we bring it to my grandparents’ house (once it’s safe to do so, of course). You can even buy a carrying case to make the transporting process easier.
Unsurprisingly, my dad is not the only fan. The Ooni Koda gets glowing reviews. “We had friends visiting and made 15 pizzas in under an hour, everyone was so impressed. Definitely the best pizzas we’ve ever had,” says one happy user.
“This oven will change the way you view pizza! I’m no longer interested in buying pizza from a restaurant because it pales in comparison to what this oven is capable of,” writes another buyer.
My family’s only complaint? That we didn’t buy more of the accessories like an extra pizza peel and the carrying case to go with it. But I guess that’s what we’ll be surprising dad with this Father’s Day.