Pizza preparation counters, pizza prep fridges, pizza preparation tables, pizza prep stations, or pizza makeline tables all refer to the same piece of equipment. A refrigerated counter with 1 to 4 doors and a toppings fridge, or raised pan rail at the back for your pizza toppings.
This is a must have piece of equipment for your pizza kitchen. The refrigerated counter is often used to store dough and some pizza prep fridges will have brackets instead of shelves to hold industry standard 40cm x 60cm dough trays. The surface of the pizza makeline table will be stainless steel or granite. Typically you would choose granite if you are stretching the base by hand on the surface of the counter as granite is colder and the dough is less likely to stick. Working on stainless steel is suited to stretching out pizza dough in a pan.
If you do not require counter refrigeration, a toppings rail or toppings fridge can be purchased instead. This would be 1.2m - 2m in length and hold various configurations of gastronorm containers. The size of your pizza preparation table is normally determined by how much space you have in the kitchen and how much pizza you plan to make.
Pizza Equipment Ltd supply the popular Atosa and Kingfisher brands of pizza prep counters. Both are excellent value for money and feature an all-important parts and labour warranty. The industry leader is True Refrigeration. These are the most popular units in all the major pizza takeaway chains.