For all of you pizza-hounds out there---last night, we went to a pizza-making class given by Michele and Charles Scicolone. They're out promoting their new book, "Pizza, Any Way You Slice It."
If you ever have a chance to attend one of their classes, do! What fun. They are absolutely charming and relaxed, and incredibly knowledgable. Plus, they made some of the best pizza I've ever had--everything from the simplest Neopolitan pizza to an amazing concoction called sfinciuni--a Sicilian pie with onions, anchovies, tomatoes, bread crumbs and cubes of caciocavallo cheese--to a farinata (a totally surprising and delicious concoction made with chickpea flour). And more!
Even if you never plan to make a pizza yourself, a class like this is wonderful entertainment...and great eating! (And drinking, too--two Italian wines were served as well.)
re: Jennifer Knoesel
No, sorry, I don't know how to contact the Scicolones directly. I found out about the class simply by looking at the schedule of my local cooking school. Actually, come to think of it, Charles is in charge of the wine at I Trulli, a restaurant on 27th St. in Manhattan. I suppose you could call him there to find out more.
Everyone at the class was over 30, I'd say--but there would have been no problem at all with younger people attending. The atmosphere was the opposite of stuffy.