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Offline alydarrelaxing

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« on: August 26, 2010, 03:24:18 PM »
Does anyone have experience attending a pizza making school?  I know there is one in CA and I've heard of the ones in Italy but just want to know if they are worth the money.  Thanks. 


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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2010, 10:52:57 PM »
Does anyone have experience attending a pizza making school?  I know there is one in CA and I've heard of the ones in Italy but just want to know if they are worth the money.  Thanks. 

I havent taken one, but I don't see why it wouldnt be worth the money. sure might be a little over priced, but then again what isn't today
anyway , I am sure you will learn something..
is this for a porfessional setting or home experience?

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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2010, 10:58:39 PM »
Does anyone have experience attending a pizza making school?  I know there is one in CA and I've heard of the ones in Italy but just want to know if they are worth the money.  Thanks. 


There are actually two in Cali that I know of.

One is the VPN in L.A. and the other is in SF by Tony Gemignani.

http://www.internationalschoolofpizza.com/

http://www.verapizzanapoletana.org/
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2010, 11:19:43 PM »
The VPN school in so cal, I believe, is taught much like an apprenticeship with hands on instruction.  I do not know if there is any formal "classroom" instruction.  They certify pizzerias,  but not pizzaioli, at least that is my understanding.  Tony's in San Fran is a campus of the Italian School of Pizza.  They offer certifications in multiple styles.  They certify pizzaioli and not pizzerias.  I attended this one a few months ago.  My pizza making skills were immediately and substantially (no wait, not just substantially but astronomically) better.  They have both didactic and hands on instruction.  The certification includes both written and practical exams.  It also includes a textbook reasonably translated from the italian school text.  Yes, it was a fair amount of money but I suspect I got about the equivalent of 5-6 years of trial and error experience in 1 week, as well as a whole lot of knowledge I would have been hard pressed to get elsewhere.  Most courses are geared at commercial production but they do offer weekend courses for home chefs on occasion.  Best part is, I now have a pair of diplomas hanging by my WFO for all my guests to see.

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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2010, 11:22:23 PM »
David,

You could also go to the San Francisco Baking Institute, headed by Michel Suas. They also offer classes, hands on and theoretical.

Forgot about that one... ::)
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2010, 11:27:15 PM »
Didn't know about that one.  Learn something new everyday.  Forgot to mention, Tony has 5 different kinds of ovens, giving one a wide variety of experience on multiple cooking platforms.

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2010, 11:37:49 PM »
The VPN in Cali does certify pizzaiolo, someone in MA got himself certified because he couldn't get his pizzeria certified.

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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2010, 11:49:03 PM »
Didn't know about that one.  Learn something new everyday.  Forgot to mention, Tony has 5 different kinds of ovens, giving one a wide variety of experience on multiple cooking platforms.

David


David,

Here's the link:

http://www.sfbi.com
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2010, 12:12:14 AM »
Just checked the VPN americas website.  The description of their training appears to be significantly more structured now than when I looked at it a few years ago. Definitely looks like a good one.

David

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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2010, 12:19:18 AM »
One other thing.  The VPN school appears to specifically train for Neapolitan style.  Their curriculum and testing appear quite rigorous.  I believe that this would be an excellent school.  Just my guess.  Tony's school does several different styles.  So this would likely be more broad based and possibly slightly less in depth into neapolitan than VPN, but either would be good. Still, as far as attending a pizza school in general, I thought it was great and am glad I did it.

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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2010, 12:24:33 AM »
The AIB (American Institute of Baking), where Tom Lehmann works, also offers a course on pizza making: https://secure.aibonline.org/php/ecomm-catalog.php?catalogNbr=377.

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« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2010, 10:30:58 AM »
Thanks, everyone!  I will check them out and report back if I attend one of the schools. 

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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2010, 06:43:03 PM »
Here's a pizza school in New York which teaches New York style...it was just written about in PMQ magazine
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http://www.pizzaacasa.com/Home.html

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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2010, 10:09:32 PM »
There are actually two in Cali that I know of.

One is the VPN in L.A. and the other is in SF by Tony Gemignani.

http://www.internationalschoolofpizza.com/

http://www.verapizzanapoletana.org/
My friend was at Tony's class this week. Looking forward to the report.
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2010, 11:23:49 PM »
School of hard knocks is where I got my edumacation, learn by makin mistakes. :-D

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« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2010, 12:26:13 AM »
My friend was at Tony's class this week. Looking forward to the report.

yes, we will also be looking forward to the report, soon as you hear something let the brothers know.. cheers..

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« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2010, 09:22:53 AM »
School of hard knocks is where I got my edumacation, learn by makin mistakes. :-D

Cheaper too... most of the time. ;)
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« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2010, 09:24:43 AM »
yes, we will also be looking forward to the report, soon as you hear something let the brothers know.. cheers..

He's a member of this forum. I'll ask him to start a thread about it if he can.
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« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2010, 10:48:42 AM »
I'll bet he learns less then we already know! ???

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Re: pizza schools?
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2010, 11:25:10 PM »
Here's a pizza school in New York which teaches New York style...it was just written about in PMQ magazine
John

http://www.pizzaacasa.com/Home.html


I stumbled upon this blog that discusses a typical pizza making class at pizzacasa: http://www.idreamofpizza.com/2010/03/pizza-casa-making-pizza-at-home-is.html.

Peter