Why Wood-Fired Ovens Make the Best Pizzas

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Enjoy a Pizza Fresh Out of Ricky Eastbound’s Wood-Fire Oven Tonight!

Is pizza a weekly staple in your household? Kids and adults both love pizza night, so why not kick it up a notch with a pizza fresh out of a wood-fired oven? Here at Ricky’s, we believe wood-fire pizza ovens create a supremely delicious pie. Okay, we might be a little biased, but there is actually some science behind it!

If you haven’t tried a wood-fired pizza, make today the day. Here are the top three reasons we
love a pizza fresh out of a wood-fired oven:

Wood-Fired Pizzas Taste Better

You might notice this with any meal prepared over fire — it just tastes better! When the pizzas at Ricky’s cook within the authentic wood-fire oven, a subtly smoky flavor from the burning wood is immediately infused into the crust and the ingredients. It adds the perfect levels of unique flavor that just cannot be found in pizza baked in a regular oven.

We love how our oven brings out the flavors of our Herb Chicken Pizza. Savor delicious roasted chicken, ranch dressing, mozzarella cheese, gorgonzola cheese, and sweet onions with a smoky kick you will never forget.

Wood-Fired Pizzas Cook Faster

Have you ever ordered a pizza and had it take forever to arrive at your table? It is likely the restaurant was not using a wood-fired oven! Once the fire has been lit and the temperature set within the oven, with careful tending it is ready to go all night.

Temperatures within a wood-fire oven reach 700-800 degrees (Fahrenheit), which drastically reduces the amount of time it takes for your pizza to bake. If you are in a time crunch, ordering a pizza from Ricky’s is the way to go!

No matter which pizza you are ordering from Ricky’s, it will quickly make it to your table out on the patio or into your car for curbside pick-up!

Wood-Fire Ovens Create Better Crusts

Say goodbye to soggy crust! Due to the high temperature within the oven, a wood-fired pizza crust is going to be crispy on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside. We think this is the trifecta of elements that make a perfect pizza crust.

If you are a crust-lover, don’t miss the Rosemary Flatbread on Ricky’s menu. It skips the sauce and simply features cambozola cheese, roasted garlic, and rosemary, letting that perfect wood fired crust shine through in all its glory.

Order the Best Wood-Fired Pizza in Santa Rosa from Ricky’s Eastbound, Tonight!

Are you ready to discover the difference a wood-fired oven makes? We’re sure you won’t regret it. The Ricky’s Eastbound patio is currently open for outdoor dining for you and your family! Join us to find out why the Santa Rosa locals love our wood-fired pizzas.

We also have safe takeout options for you to enjoy if you are staying closer to home these days. Not only can you order a pizza (or two!) to-go, Tuesday through Saturday, you can also pick up par-baked pizzas every Thursday evening as part of our Heat & Eat Family Pizza Night! No prep — simply heat and eat in the comfort of your own home.

Head to the Ricky’s menu to decide which pizza you’ll be trying first!

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To our wonderful Ricky's Eastbound community,

Rick Bruno, the “Ricky” behind Ricky’s Eastbound is taking a well-deserved break from being a restaurant chef/ proprietor. After 40 incredible years in the industry Rick is ready for a break from restaurant ownership and has sold Ricky’s to the Ausiello family. 

We sincerely express our deep gratitude for your unwavering support during the incredible past 5 years; through fires, blackouts, and the challenges of Covid-19. Your loyalty has been the driving force behind our success, and we truly appreciate each one of you.

Don't worry; Rick will still be whipping up his signature comfort food for your next event. Keep Rick in mind as your trusted caterer - details to follow.

As we say goodbye to Ricky's Eastbound, we welcome "Ausiello's Homeslice" (coming soon). Homeslice will be making a few changes to the restaurant and plan on opening towards the end of 2023.

Warmest regards,
Rick, Linn, and the Ricky's Eastbound Crew