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

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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. 
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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