Breville, a global leader in innovative kitchen appliances, has announced the New Zealand launch of the Smart Oven™ Pizzaiolo (BPZ820; $1399.95), the world’s first indoor countertop pizza oven that heats up to an unprecedented 400°C and can cook an authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in under two minutes.

After four years of research and development and with input from the world’s leading pizza chefs, Breville designers were able to creatively utilise the Element IQ® System – the company’s patented heating system used across its entire oven range – to produce an oven that significantly advances pizza making at home.

Richard Hoare, Breville’s Design and Innovation Director, notes,

“Up to now, wood-fired brick ovens were the only option for making truly authentic pizza. The reason: they produce conductive, radiant, and convective heat at high temperatures, which is what’s needed to cook the crust and pizza toppings properly. What’s so thrilling about the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is that it is the ultimate expression of our Element IQ® System that has allowed us to achieve something that has never been done before – taking the residential power limit, and sequencing the power application to replicate the  performance of the brick oven.”

Breville’s Element IQ® System utilises smart algorithms to steer power to where and when it is needed, to create and maintain the ideal baking environment. When applied to the variety of pizza styles, home cooks can now obtain signature ‘leopard spotting and char’ on the crusts while at the same time achieving evenly cooked toppings – all without having to rotate the pie.

Describing the breakthrough, Breville CEO, Jim Clayton, says, “The Smart Oven™ Pizzaiolo is yet another example of the innovation that powers our products and global business. From best in class espresso machines to ovens, Breville reimagines what is possible in the kitchen – helping home cooks create results that were previously only achievable in commercial kitchens. And now, the Smart Oven™ Pizzaiolo brings accessibility and excellence to home pizza making.”

The Smart Oven™ Pizzaiolo features:

Seven Convenient Pre-Sets – 160°C, Frozen, Pan, Thick Crust, Thin & Crispy, Wood Fired, 400°C — plus a Darkness knob to control the degree of leopard spotting on the crust
Seamless Loading and Unloading – An auto-eject door that automatically pulls out the pizza stone for safer handling
A Removable Cordierite Pizza Stone – For no-fuss clean up
Superior insulation – Including double glass pane doors to keep the heat inside
A Manual “Hack” Mode – For those adventurous chefs who want to go beyond the pre-sets, the oven provides three independent, localized heating controls that can be used in concert: One for the deck temperature (which controls the bottom crust) and two separate rings – inner and outer – for heating the toppings and the edge of the crust, respectively
Breads and Vegetables – The Smart Oven™ Pizzaiolo is not only for making pizza: its record breaking heating technology also lends itself to charring vegetables and cooking a wide range of flat breads.

The Smart Oven™ Pizzaiolo is available exclusively to Noel Leeming now and at all appliance retailers after October 31 or buy online at

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