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Students during a recent class at SoLita in Delray Beach.
Students during a recent class at SoLita in Delray Beach.
Photo courtesy of SoLita

Pizza 101: Learn to Make Neapolitan Pies With a New Pizza-Making Class

Rather than hit up your usual happy-hour haunt, the next time you head out for a night on the town, it might be worth checking out SoLita & Mastino, an Italian restaurant located in Delray Beach's Pineapple Grove district. It has recently launched a pizza-making class, and it's the perfect way to drink, eat, and have some good, old-fashioned fun.

Dubbed "Pizza 101," the class has been created as an immersive learning experience, a hands-on tutorial designed to be both educational and entertaining.

The two-hour class is taught by SoLita & Mastino restaurateur and owner Steven Dapuzzo and offers guests an interactive chance to master the art of hand-stretched doughand to learn the correct techniques for building and topping a pizza, all while offering some fun facts and a story on the history of what many say is the world’s most popular dish.

The class begins like any evening out: with a complimentary beverage of your choice, including a craft cocktail, glass of wine, or pint of craft beer. From there, each participant will get his or her own ball of Mastino dough, beginning the process of making a personally produced and customized pie.

Next, watch as your pizza bakes in the restaurant's 900-degree wood-fire oven. The best part: After the instructed guide, everyone gets to eat. Students can grab a seat at a nearby table (or bar stool) to enjoy their hard work, and when it's all done, everyone is sent off with Solita & Mastino recipes for pizza sauce, the dough, and other popular dishes.

Broward County pie-making wannabes won't be left out either: Fort Lauderdale residents looking to get in on the pizza-making action can look forward to a new edition of the class starting in this spring, when Pizza 101 classes begin at Beauty and the Feast, an oceanside restaurant located at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.). Call the restaurant to register for the first class, slated for April or May. 

Delray Beach-based SoLita & Mastino recently launched Pizza 101, an interactive pizza-making class.
Delray Beach-based SoLita & Mastino recently launched Pizza 101, an interactive pizza-making class.
Photo courtesy of SoLita

Pizza 101 classes are held on select Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delray Beach restaurant by reservation. Upcoming class dates include March 23, April 13, and April 27. Classes cost $69 per person and include pizza tastings, your personal pie, and one drink (beer, wine, or cocktail). To register, visit the restaurant website. SoLita & Mastino is located at 25 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-899-0888, or visit solitaitalian.com.

Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.

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