It was a celebration of Italy’s – and perhaps the world’s – favorite food last night at Umbra’s Pizza Workshop!
Students visited a tucked-away local favorite, brick oven pizzeria Pizza e Musica, to learn from master pizzaiolo (pizza-maker) Gennaro. (By the way, there’s no sign on the door – check your Umbra Guide to Perugia for the address of this hidden gem.) Gennaro hails from Naples, the pizza capital of the world, and was an apprentice for two years before beginning his career as a full-fledged pizzaiolo five years ago.
The workshop began with a brief history of pizza and its ingredients, as well as some insight into the local myths and legends surrounding this most beloved of dishes.
Participants then made their own pizzas under Gennaro’s expert instruction before sitting down together to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Hannah Bosisio of the University of Denver notes, “When you come to Italy, food is a huge part of the culture and something people are interested in learning about, even if it isn’t their main area of study – so I’m glad this workshop was offered even to people not in the Food and Sustainability Studies Program. It was a cool experience to make a pizza in an authentic oven and learn from a real pizzaiolo. Even though there was a language barrier, we were still able to learn so much from him.”
A huge grazie to Gennaro and Pizza e Musica for sharing both their oven and their closely-guarded pizza making secrets with us!
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