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' • . ° I ..... '.' , , ° . . . , . ° . Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 Building a Pizza Oven The Pizza Oven. (Photo by Jim DiPrima) On our September, 2010 visit out to the west coast to visit my daughter Gina, and her family I was greeted by my son-in-law Alex who in- formed me that I was arriv- ing just in time to help him with his latest project. At this point I said to myself it must be time to harvest the grapes and squeeze out some juice to make a barrel of wine. Boy was I wrong. That would have been easy, No, the project was to build a "Pizza Oven". My mind quickly flashed to the Regina Pizza oven on Thatcher Street. This oven was going to be huge, I thought. Hesi- tantly I asked, "how big of an oven are you planning to build?" "About three and a half feet in diameter and about two feet high, with an entrance in the front," he replied. He had done the re- search and found out what material he needed and what the forms were to look like. He had purchased them and prior to our arrival had prepared the platform on which the oven was to rest. This consisted of cinder block columns, two steel channels, running across the front and rear columns, two by six boards four feet long spanning the channels, front to rear and a 5/8 inch cement boards, cut to size to (Everybody.Should Have One ?) by James Di Prima which was added on to the top one inch of pumice stone, finally the two feet by two feet kiln brick was added an centered, finished off with one by six inch red brick for dressing. The first thing you have to do is lay out the diameter of the inside of the oven onto the kiln brick. Then apply wet sand onto the bed of two by two feet kiln newspaper to the outside of the sand form. Mix a bag of sand to a bag of fireclay. Add water' to a consistency such that the mixture is soft and putty life•, with your hands make a sort of brick form and ap- ply it to the newspaper cov- ered sand with a thickness of about two inches, starting at the base and working around and to the top. Pre- pare an opening for the chimney. Smooth the out- side. Provide an opening of seventeen inches by a height of eight inches; this seemed like a good size for a fifteen inch pizza. This opening can be made rect- angular or curved on top de- pending on your preference or bricks as was Alex's choice. In ab6ut two days when it has had a chance to dry and harden the sand can be removed, along with the newspaper on the inside sur- face. Again mix the one part fireclay with one part sand and this time add vermicu- lite to the mixture and apply about a two inch layer to the existing fireclay forming the bricks as stated earlier. Any newspaper remaining can be burned off when the oven is first fired up, remove all remaining sand by sweeping it out or use a vacuum cleaner to insure all the sand is removed. The final A typical pizza oven. step is to add a layer of Port- land cement to the outside surface and allow that to dry. Now in a few days when the oven is fully dried all that remains is to clean up around the oven start a fire inside check for tempera- tures and mix up some pizza dough and get ready to sample some good "Italian Pizza" from the home made Pizza Oven. As our visit came to an end the oven was quite a few days away to be completely dried. So we departed for home with the assurance that we would be back for the Christmas holidays and to try out the pizzas from the oven. September, October and November flew by and December arrived with Jean, my son Phil and I mak- ing plans to go out to San Francisco for Christmas. Needless to say my mind was on having a "PIZZA" from the oven, and of course to see the grand children, Ella and Olivia. So on a chilly night at their home, Alex started to heat up the .oven with some wood then made some pizza dough and in a short while we had some very delicious pizzas from the Pizza Oven. It was a very merry Christmas. • The Roman Republic of 1849 (Continued from Page 8) where an engagement dem- onstrated his inflexible will. A troop of Angelo Masina's mounted lancers, pursuing enemy soldiers, met a large column of cavalry. With Masina absent at another post, his untested cavaliers fled back towards where Garibaldi was watching, with the enemy in hot pursuit. So angered was the General by this that he, alongside his giant companion Aguiar, sat on horseback like a statue, blocking the road. Unable to halt or turn, the cavaliers smashed into the two immov- able objects, and went tum- bling down, Garibaldi at the bottom. Fortunately, some young Legionnaires fighting nearby raced to the rescue. When the Neapolitan troops realized that they were in the middle of the "red devil's" troops, they fled, leaving thirty prisoners, and, with Masina's lancers pursuing, were driven up into the town of Velletri. Before even the first of Roselli's reinforce- ments began to show up, Garibaldi's men were laying siege to the town. When the Commander-in- Chief arrived, however, far from rejoicing in Garibaldi's gains, he focused on the dis- ciplinary breach in initiating battle without orders. Sulk- ing, he refused to attack that evening, or position troops, as Garibaldi suggested, to halt the enemy retreat. Unhin- dered, Ferdinand's army stole out of the southern gate of Velletri at night, and fled to safety. Garibaldi now sensed that King Ferdinand's rule would not survive an invasion, and urged an all-out attack. It was a repeat of the French situation. Mazzini, worried about the Austrians who had just seized Bologna and were advancing towards Rome, recalled Roselli and half the army, allowing Garibaldi, undermanned, to pursue Ferdinand for the time being. Garibaldi's troops were wel- comed in town after town as deliverers, crossing into Nea- politan territory at a town called Rocca d'Arce. Instead of allowing their Achilles to pur- sue his advantage and bring the whole of southern Italy into the uprising (Garibaldi always believed this would have happened), however, the Triumvirs, fearing the Aus- trians, once again recalled him to Rome. With no choice but to obey, Garibaldi re-entered Rome at the end of May, followed by his exhausted troops between May 30 and June 2. With Rome secure, all anticipated oa long-deserved rest, but it was not to be. Neither was the strategy Garibaldi favored: guerrilla war in the moun- tains. As Trevelyan puts it: Mazzini's dream was to be realized instead -- the fiery martyrdom of the Republic in one supreme scene of defiance and death. (160) For General Oudinot's rein- forcements had arrived, and the treacherous siege of Rome by 30,000 French regu- lars was about to begin (treacherous, because on the very day de Lesseps had signed a treaty with the Tri- umvirs agreeing that the French would protect Rome from Austria and Naples, Oudinot was outside Rome beginning his siege.) Lawrence DiStasi copyright © 2011 Lawrence DiStasi is the author of Mal Occhio: The Underside of Vision (North Point Press: 1981, reprint with Afterword, 2008), The Big Book. of Italian American Culture (Sanniti Publications: 1996), and Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacua- tion and Internment During World War II (Heyday Books: 2001). 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