Pizzas made in your home oven just aren’t the same, and pizza ovens can cost thousands. That’s the philosophy behind Andy and Eric Bert’s Bertello pizza oven. In just seconds, you can have some delicious brick oven pizza at an affordable price. Will the sharks think this deal is delicious? Find out in our
Shark Tank Bertello Update
- Entrepreneur: Andy and Eric Bert
- Business: Portable gas and wood fire pizza oven
- Ask: $120,000 for 10% equity
- Result: $120,000 for 25% equity
- Shark: Kevin O’Leary
Brothers Andy and Eric Bert are disgusted with frozen pizzas. They never taste the same. Even homemade pizzas are lacking something special from the pizzeria. The solution? A portable pizza oven! While ovens like this normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, a Bertello oven makes delicious pizzas at an affordable price.
Plus, this oven has an edge—you can heat it however you like! Whether you prefer wood, propane, charcoal, or wood pellets, you can use them in this oven. In fact, you can even mix fuels if you want.
The oven is meant to be used outside and takes about two minutes to cook a pizza. The sharks enjoy the demonstration and note that the pizza is delicious. Better yet, their numbers are delicious as well!
Bertello did about $640,00 in sales in their first year through Amazon. They also don’t carry any debt, as they’ve just paid off their only loan. The only issue they have is keeping up with demand, so they need the investment to keep inventory up.
While the sharks are impressed, they also know what they’re about. Mark Cuban doesn’t think a consumer product is for him, even though he likes the sales. He bows out immediately.
Robert Herjavec, on the other hand, feels like his excitement in the presentation died somewhere along the way. He can’t find where they’d fit in the market, so he has to be out as well.
Barbara Corcoran also says she felt the energy leave, but it was from the entrepreneurs —they started out so strong, but lost their enthusiasm halfway through. She likes to invest in products with entrepreneurs she likes, even if she doesn’t understand the product. Here, the opposite is true. Still, she makes an offer: $120,000 for 25% of the company.
Kevin O’Leary immediately jumps in but offers $120,000 for 30% equity. He thinks that as ‘Chef Wonderful’, he can sell more than Barbara. The entrepreneurs counter, asking if Kevin would go with the same 25% that Barbara offered. When he agrees, they take his offer immediately. But where is the company now? Keep reading our
Bertello is doing great! Their pizza oven has over 500 reviews on Amazon, where has earned 4 out of 5 stars. Consumers seem to be reacting positively to the pizza oven, and keep showing off pictures of their perfect pies. During an update that aired in November 2021, Andy and Bert shared that Bertello has done $6.1 million in sales. At the time of writing a year later, that number has certainly grown.
In an interview with
Bertello Pizza Oven Review
Andy and Eric were kind enough to send us a pizza oven so we could add a Bertello review section to this page. I was so excited to try it out, that I invited my whole family over and we cooked two pizzas together!
The oven itself is nicely packaged and well protected. The box itself is very heavy, so be prepared to have some help if you have trouble lifting things over 25 pounds. However, once it was all out of the box, it was pretty easy to assemble and put together. The instruction manual does a good job of explaining how to put the pieces together and connect it to a propane tank. We have a propane fireplace on our back porch, so we simply connected it to that.
You can cook your pizza with propane, wood chips, or charcoal. We weren’t prepared for the wood chips (next time), so we just did it with propane. There are a handful of videos on the website that you’ll want to follow before you cook your pizza. We neglected to do that and ran into a few hiccups. Mainly, we made the pizzas a little too big and didn’t let the stone get hot enough.
For reference, you’ll want to let the stone sit in the oven for 30 minutes to heat up to around 700-900 degrees Fahrenheit. For the pizza, you’ll want to make it about the size of a personal pizza, not the size of one you’d get from the store. Thankfully, they only take a few minutes to cook so it’s easy to quickly cook a couple of them.
Since we didn’t make our own dough and simply bought some dough from the grocery store, we didn’t quite have enough flour on the bottom of it and had a hard time transferring it from the pan to the stone in the oven. However, we were able to add some flour to the bottom of the second and third pizza and the transfer was much smoother.
Overall, my experience with the Bertello pizza oven was great! My family had a lot of fun making and cooking the pizzas together, and we got better and making pizzas each time. I am fairly confident that next time I am going to make the perfect pie with a few simple adjustments! If you’re a pizza lover like me, this is definitely worth the investment.
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