THE FRESHEST NEAPOLITAN PIZZA in the world, all crispy crust and blistered cheese, is now de rigueur in your own backyard. For about the same cost as a round-trip first-class flight from New York to Naples, Italy, the gas-fired Kalamazoo Artisan Fire pizza oven and cart ($13,485 for the combo) turns out perfect pies in just three minutes—even Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. The actress bought the countertop version for cooking veggie pizzas in her Hamptons outdoor kitchen, which has a full suite of stainless steel appliances, including a high-powered grill and refrigerator drawers.
“I remember when having a Weber grill was state of the art,” says Randy M. Correll, a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Now, clients’ outdoor-kitchen requests encompass everything from dishwashers and glass-front refrigerators to rosé taps. No wonder, then, that nearly half of architecture firms polled told the 2017 AIA home-design trends survey that the latest wave in kitchen design is actually happening outdoors.
For his Los Angeles garden, ED A-List designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard wanted the firepower to host big dinner parties without heading inside. So he planned the space around a 42-inch Lynx gas grill with enough room to flip burgers (or T-bones) for 20 people at once. Bullard surrounded the grill with marble countertops for serving, side burners for sauces, and a warming drawer for keeping sides (or towels) toasty. And he didn’t skimp on style, choosing Moroccan tiles to complement the 1920s