Mamma Mia Pizza!

Trip Start May 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Today, I participated in a pizza making class. 15 of us went to an Italian restaurant and we got to witness how they make pizzas and each got to make one ourselves!

There are many things different between Italian and American pizzas, but I would say the biggest difference is the toppings. Yes, mozzarella is popular is both countries, but pepperoni is kind of rare here. Quite often, it's not even on the restaurant menu. The most common toppings here are leaves of basil and tomatoes. NOT cut up- either of them, just FYI. So make sure to cut them up before you choke- speaking from experience, of course.

For my pizza, I added mozzarella, pepperoni, black olives (I had to make a special request) and bleu cheese. I actually really enjoyed the bleu cheese and it gave the pizza a little punch.

We also got to use a real brick oven. It was pretty cool, but they didn't let us use it ourselves- as if they didn't trust us! So what happens? The guy slides mine off into the oven. So, a lot of my mile-high piled toppings (say that 3x fast!) fell off and my pizza got burned a little in the process. It was still delicious, but I definitely think I'm going to leave the pizza making up to the pros!
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Mom on

Are you making pizza for us when you get home?

Crazy Fun Aunt on

It looks so yummy!

When I make pizza at home, I make it on a paddle (mine is wood) and I slide it into the oven onto a heated stone. To keep all your stuff from sliding off, it's all in the wrist action --but before I learned the wrist trick, all my toppings slid off the pizza, too!

Dad on

Wow my favorite food. I cant wait for you to cook for us when you get back.

Sarah-Anne on

Crazy Fun Aunt beat me to it... i have two pizza stones and a paddle. it's true it's all in the wrist. will have to make pizza when u get home.

rachelniewiada on

Mom, I didn't really "make" the pizza. The dough was already made. I just added the ingredients. In other words, I've done more at home.

Aunt Donna & S-A, they didn't let us use the paddles. They did it for us, so HE caused it to fall apart. But, I think it was because I kneaded it too much and it got really thin. Oh well. I still ate it!

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