Neapolitan Pizza: Origins, Culture and Baking Techniques
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Join us on a culinary journey to 18th century Naples as we learn about the birthplace of pizza, the craftsmanship of the pizzaio (the expert pizza-maker), and the unique geographical and environmental conditions that make the Campania region of Italy world-renown for its pizza. The class will cover the origin, culture and customs surrounding pizza-making (and eating!) in Italy. We will explain the rules set by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana for a “True Neapolitan Pizza.” We will learn techniques for preparing Neapolitan-style dough, including flour types and high-temperature baking methods. We will demo how to make a tomato sauce that concentrates peak tomato flavor and we will discuss cheese selection and application of traditional pizza toppings. Learn about the ancient art of pizza making, with recipes you can prepare in a home kitchen. Instructor Anna Mays is an anthropologist who enjoys teaching about world culinary traditions, agricultural practices and the intersection between food, diet, culture and well-being. Anna trained at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and apprenticed with pizza makers in Naples.
$10 City Market Members, $25 Non-Members