We all probably know that Italy is the origin of Pizza. The New York pizza, which we all love so much evolved from the Neapolitan style pizza. It was the Italian immigrants during the early 20th century who developed the pizza we are used to eating. The American or New York style came about due to the lack of access to the required ingredients for proper Neapolitan pizza on this side of the Atlantic.
The two styles of pizza are not entirely different, but it is fair to say that they are perhaps as similar as night and afternoon. In the world of gourmet Italian food, the Neapolitan pizza has a special place. Those who have acquired the training and skill to prepare proper Neapolitan pizza are acknowledged by the title pizzaiola.
New York is a town made for foodies, so it should not come as a surprise that one can become a certified Neapolitan pizza chef right here in the Big Apple. Thanks to the father-daughter team of Roberto Caporuscio and Georgia Caporuscio. In addition to being restauranteurs, they also run the Pizza Academy of New York from their fourth location on Fulton Street in FiDi.
At the conclusion of five days of training, you become certified by the Association for Neopolitan Pizza (APN). By then you will know all that goes into creating a tasty desirable Neapolitan pizza. The course covers everything from toppings, crust, sauce, thickness and especially the preparation and handling of the pizza dough.
The Caporuscio’s operate the Pizza Academy of New York from their 5,000 square foot restaurant, Keste Pizza and Vino, on Fulton Street. Since coming to New York City, the Caporuscios, originally from Italy, have taught no less than 150 people to make the Neapolitan style pizzas for which they are well known.
The Caporuscio’s have been recognized for their accomplishments regarding sustaining the tradition of making Neapolitan pizza. The critical factor is that all of the components must be imported from a specific area of Italy. By definition, a Neapolitan pizza must consist of:
Although the classes require five days to complete, I will consider the New York Pizza Academy as a day trip destination. They offer different courses based on different kinds of Pizza. Pick out the one that interests you the most and have fun. If you don’t appreciate a good slice of pizza, you’re the odd man out.
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