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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #50 on: October 03, 2008, 10:30:58 AM »
Mr. Mojo:

Sounds good, but keep your hands on the wheel  ;)  ;D
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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #51 on: October 03, 2008, 02:50:35 PM »
so can someone offer on here an immitation Aurelio's sauce..I'd be willing to try it.  I've tried brown sugar..but I think I used too much.  Thanks.

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #52 on: October 19, 2008, 10:10:39 PM »
After having Aurelios up in Roseville, MN this last wknd..I noticed they have "we use Canola Oil for our dough" in the small print on the menu.  (for anyone we was wondering)

I also asked the mgr if there was brown sugar in their sauce (I played dumb like I was new to the pizza..etc) and they said "that's the key to our pizza..the sauce..and it does have a sweet taste doesn't it"....which didn't tell me anything I didn't already know for the past 25 years of eating it.  Anyway, I asked if they sold their sauce....and she said sure..by the quart..for $5.00.  Needless to say, it's in my fridge right now.  Their sauce is flat out the best for my tastes..sweet..also has some oil in it I think..could be wrong.  Somebody needs to figure their sauce out.. ;)

I also watched a guy (behind the counter) making a few pies..which is far more interesting as a person who has interest in making pizza and such....but anyway, he was putting more cheese on his thin crust pies than most I make (thin)....just from eye-balling it. 

....and yes, it was as good as I remember back in Homewood, IL..

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #53 on: November 05, 2008, 08:18:30 AM »
I was visiting family in the south burbs of Chicago this past weekend and picked up a fiesta size Aurelio's pizza from their Homewood restaurant.  This one was cooked in the old oven and was half sausage/green pepper and half cheese (a TON of cheese.)  It was gone in short order... just as delicious as I remember growing up in the area.

Now I have a pint of Aurelio's sauce in my fridge (they sell this and their pasta sauce) and two pounds of scarmoza cheese from an Italian grocer on Route 30 in New Lenox (for those that know the area).  Hopefully, I'll be reminded of how good this pizza was next time I make it at home... probably very soon!

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #54 on: November 05, 2008, 08:19:54 AM »
One more pic... 

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #55 on: November 05, 2008, 02:10:05 PM »
They certainly do it right. I'm off to Italia Imports in an hour to get some Scamorza.

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #56 on: November 05, 2008, 06:15:54 PM »
I have matched Aurelio's exactly using my autolyse/bread machine dough, with Pastene ground tomatoes (sugar added to the sauce), and Stella mozzarella.

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #57 on: November 05, 2008, 06:52:58 PM »
No way!

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #58 on: November 06, 2008, 08:20:15 AM »
Yes, way! It tastes exactly like it (and I'm a big Aurelio's fan)!


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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #59 on: November 06, 2008, 08:28:45 AM »
buzz,

Good to see you back.

Can you post the dough recipe you are using and how you make the dough and pizza? And do you know offhand how Aurelio's bakes the pizzas? I know that a long time ago they used reel ovens but I have read that they have gone more recently to air impingement conveyor ovens as the company has grown.

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #60 on: November 06, 2008, 10:02:36 AM »
Buzz,

Where do you get Pastene?

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #61 on: November 06, 2008, 11:11:13 AM »
It's not easy to find. I would go to www.pastene.com and use their store locator. A note, though--I get mine at an independent grocery store which isn't listed in their store locator, so you might want to send a message to their sales office.
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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #62 on: November 06, 2008, 11:42:55 AM »
Hey, Peter--

Nice to hear from you! Sorry to have been away, but a lot has been going on and I just couldn't get to the site. Look for the recipe and directions on the American forum under "Awesome Pizza Crust". I don't have any info about Aurelio's ovens.

I think you need the autolysed crust, which makes a thin crust that is crisp yet tender at the same time. I don't want to wait for a pizza stone to heat up, so I par-bake the crust before adding toppings.

I discovered the Pastene tomatoes by accident, tried them, and said, "This is Aurelio's!". If they don't use Pastenes, then they must use a similar product. Tomato Magic by Stanislaus is good, too, but I think the Pastenes are better. I get my Stella mozzarella from the grocery store deli and let it cook until it starts to brown a bit.

Here is the simple sauce recipe (do not cook):

1 28-oz. can Pastene ground tomatoes

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

A few pinches of oregano


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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #63 on: November 06, 2008, 12:02:57 PM »
buzz,

Thanks for the information. I hope you will be able to visit the forum more and post more.

The link to the thread you mentioned is http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,5045.msg42751.html#msg42751. Next time I am back East, where I have seen the Pastene tomatoes (there are no places near me in Texas that sell them), I will have to pick up a few cans.

Peter

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #64 on: November 13, 2008, 11:17:23 AM »
Having recently returned from Chicago with a pint of Aurelio's sauce and some scamorza cheese (it has been suspected that this is what Aurelio's uses, was that ever confirmed?) I came to a couple of conclusions after making a few pizzas this past weekend.

I don't think the Aurelio's "taste" is necessarily from the sauce.  I tried some on its own prior to dressing my pizzas and while it did have a "sweet-ish" element to it (as well as being very tasty), it didn't seem too far off other pizza sauces I've had (or even made).

I think that the cheese used here provides the taste that my palate recognizes as "Aurelio's."  Looks like I'll be ordering lots more scamorza in the future!

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #65 on: November 16, 2008, 11:08:09 AM »
I bought an Aurelio's and paid close attention to what my taste buds were telling me. This particular pizza was sweeter than other Aurelio's I've had in the past--perhaps it was just this batch. The sweetness has a cloying taste to it, which makes me suspect corn syrup (cheaper for them than sugar). There is a very faint back palate taste of fennel. Definitely oregano sprinkled on top of the pizza.

I'm not familiar with scamorza, but to me their cheese tastes like mozzarella. I'll buy some scamorza and check it out! The sauce is definitely a huge factor is the Aurerlio's taste!

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #66 on: December 04, 2008, 08:41:19 PM »
I will be bringing a few Aurelios Pizzas home with me on my way back to Iowa from Boston.
I brought some home in febrary and they were excellent.


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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #67 on: January 17, 2009, 12:02:18 PM »
Just a heads up.... Tony's Finer Foods on 87th & south Harlem sells 6in1ground tomatoes 28oz. for $1.79 and they also carry Scamorza cheese made by Chellino.
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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #68 on: February 13, 2009, 02:40:29 AM »
ok gang, hooked up with an old aurelios cook. buttload of sugar was his comment re: sauce.   it was purree and water and these bags of spices wHich he said was mostly sugar.  ive tried white sugar....i still think the brown sugar has been the closest..this confirms that the OJ thing was crap, but some one is usin that.  the sauce i made with oj instead of sugar(dont cut puree w water) had a fresh kick!  supposedly some chicago pizza uses orange soda?
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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #69 on: February 13, 2009, 02:42:38 AM »
no one's talked about aurelios crust. its pretty unique.  anyone have a  recipe??  that would be...welll...heaven!  thanks in advance!  IM ABOUT TO BUY A bunch of pastenes!
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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #70 on: February 13, 2009, 07:24:08 AM »
Try the Light Brown sugar....it comes pretty close.

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #71 on: February 13, 2009, 06:02:39 PM »
Many years ago (back when ten dollars was real money), my brother-in-law bribed a waitress at Uno's to find out what kind of cheese they used.  She said they used scamorza. 

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #72 on: February 14, 2009, 12:08:37 AM »
i have only been able to get smoked scamorza online.  i wish i could get some from joiliet, il.  i used to grind cheese for aurelios, as a bus boy.  it was dry and firm.  we cut big blocks into small squares.  then fed them into the huge meat grinder.  the grind was a very fine, like almost granular.  i was amazed by the dryness.  everything ive worked with has never been that dry.  it was delicious.  i would eat it as i ground it.  was like a dry mozz with parmesian already in it.  i need to dry the illinosie scamorza!
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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #73 on: February 14, 2009, 08:15:51 AM »
I think it has asiago in the blend.

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Re: aurelio's pizza..
« Reply #74 on: February 18, 2009, 10:29:30 AM »
mrmojo1,

I found this a few months ago after I ran out of the scamorza I picked while visiting the Chicago area.  I haven't ordered from them yet, but the picture suggests they're selling Chellino brand scamorza, which is what I bought from an Italian grocer near Joliet.

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