If you have ever been at a loss of ideas for a really special gift to give someone who either likes to cook or likes to eat, look no further. I fit both of those categories, so I was SO excited when my brother and his fiancée gave me a pizza making class for the four of us at DeSano Pizza Bakery for my birthday. It took a few months to plan a time we could all get together...and that wasn't during my detox...so we had a belated celebration earlier this week.
I had never been to DeSano, but Brother has been raving about it since it opened. This place is very off the beaten path of downtown, not too far from Taco Boy -- you may have noticed the big sign lit up at night from the Ravenel Bridge. While the building still has a very new feeling, the pizza tastes like an old family recipe. They even fly fresh Bufala mozzarella over weekly from Italy. For normal diners, you place your order at the counter, and then walk into the big open dining area where you can watch the pizza being made. It looked pretty entertaining.
But we weren't there to just eat. We were there to learn the real way to make pizza! We were in the special "dough room" which has big windows looking into the dining area. And while we didn't learn the secret recipes (the dough and sauce had been made earlier) we learned the art of pizza making. They were very patient explaining how to press the dough out, and then form and stretch it into a big, round pie. Then the best amount of cheese and garlic and sauce and oil and romano...perhaps because we were all a little heavy or light handed on our particular favorites, each pizza turned out pretty different.
Once the pizzas were ready to bake, we learned how to pull our pizza onto a peel, and they were then taken to the oven. A short few minutes later they were all done and returned to us piping hot! We added some fresh basil, sliced and then tasted the fruits of our labor. And holy yum, they were SO good!
I am already trying to come up with a reason to give this exact gift to someone, not only to be nice, but because I want to go back and do it again! You don't have to be a foodie or a cooking genius to participate, but it was a LOT of fun, and a great, unique thing to do with family or friends. I think the class can fit up to 6 people, and we brought our own wine. Fun memories and delicious pizza. It doesn't get much better than that!