My wife recently surprised me with an early birthday present by taking us to Pizza School in New York City.
It’s exactly what it sounds like. A joint that teaches you to make pizza!
With a kid on the way I’ve been trying to cook more and learn to cook new things. Because pre-pregnancy I was good for five of so meals.
I have this dream that, as a family, we’d have some cornerstone meals together. For example, pancakes on Saturday. A cookout on Sunday. Taco Tuesday. I’ve also dreamed up a family pizza night scenario.
Granted, I didn’t have a clue how to make a pizza from scratch. Although, doing so sounds much more ideal than calling up the local pizza joint.
That’s where Pizza School comes in.
It was an awesome experience. They literally teach you just about everything you need to know when it comes to making a pizza from scratch in your home. From making the dough (from scratch) to their 60 second pizza sauce to tips with your oven… they cover it all.
We live in the city so getting to the class was no big deal. What shocked me though was the number of tourists that were in attendance.
If I were a tourist in the city I can’t say that this would have crossed my mind as something to do. But that would certainly be my loss. From a tourist perspective, attending this class is one of the more New York City things you can do. You’ll seriously love the experience.
Here’s a quick look at our evening in photos. Please try not to lick your screen as you start getting hungry.
They provide all the items needed for the evening. It may feel a bit intimidating at first if you lack cooking skills (like me), but that quickly goes away.
You’ll make four different pizza dough’s, which means you end up with four pies. It’s pretty neat to watch the dough rise over time.
You’ll have an instructor that tells you all this jazz about pizza. But, does he actually know what he’s talking about? Of course. That’s why he will cook a number of pizzas for you to show you that he knows what’s up.
Our first pie, a margarita, wasn’t the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen, but it sure did taste good. This is where you learn the ins and outs of cheese placement and how much sauce you want, and where you want it. It’s smooth sailing from here.
Next up we tried a classic New York style pizza.
The pies started looking a bit better as we progressed. And yes, they tasted great!
We couldn’t leave without conquering a desert pie. Bananas, strawberries and nutella. Mouth watering awesomeness!
Oh, and if you are lucky, the instructor is going to cook you a potato pie. I’d never had anything like this before, but he literally puts slices of potatoes on a pie. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
If you live in the city or find yourself here on vacation, definitely consider making a reservation at Pizza School. You’ll love the experience.