Pizza a Casa
Have you ever tried to make your own pizza at home? If you’re a pizzaholic like me, you may have. Maybe you picked up the premade dough from your local grocery store or pizzeria? I’ve tried that too. I never actually loved the way it came out though…until I made my own dough. This was the game changer and turns out it was a lot easier than I thought it’d be! The little hole in the wall that is Pizza a Casa on Essex street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan will change your pizza making skills from bleh, to oh yeah!!! Not only do they teach you the tricks of the pizza-making trade, they also stock you with some of the best ingredients that NYC has to offer. Just think: melt in your mouth fresh mozzarella (replace the “o” with “oo”, pronounce the “r” as a “d”, and leave off the “a”-mootzadel), aged white truffle oil for the array of dessert pie choices, and TO.DIE.FOR house-made sausage. Delicious doesn’t begin to describe this sweet, spicy, herb-infused, encased meat…WOW!
In this 4-hour class of about 8-10 students, you’re guided by a 20 year pizza making veteran who starts out by teaching you how to make your own dough. As you wait for your own dough to rise, you get to sample some of his homemade pies – four different varieties. This allows you to sample some of the ingredients you might want to add onto your own pies. There’s also an extensive Italian wine list and great local beer selection to sip on while you’re in the pizza-making process. And who doesn’t love wine or beer with their pizza?!?
So after about 40 minutes or so of sampling, sipping, and waiting for the dough to rise, it’s now time to shape your dough. I decided to make a traditional round pie, a heart shaped-pie and two unfortunate, but nonetheless delicious, misshapen pies. You can choose the kind of pie you want to make from a menu of pizza possibilities, or you can make your very own creation. Options include Margherita, the NYC Classic, a Pear and Blue Cheese pizza and many more. Don’t forget about the sausage. Did I mention that already?
This isn’t your average pizza-making class, but well worth the time and money. You also get to take home the pizza-making manual complete with oven etiquette, recipes, and all of the tips you’ll need to make your very own pizza. After taking the class two months ago, my boyfriend and I finally made our own pizza a casa with great success! If you can’t make it to the class, check out DIYpizzapie.com to download Pizza a Casa’s pizza-making app. Also, visit their store to find all the tools you’ll need to prepare your very own pizza a casa! What are your tips and tricks to making the best pizza a casa? Comment on this post to let us know!