I had a pizza making class today! I wasn’t feeling well all day, but somehow I made it through my classes and two quizzes. Anyway, back to the pizza.
We met up at 7:30 pm, and walked to a restaurant that’s right by the Piazza Santa Croce, the square by the Santa Croce church (which is a few blocks from where I live).
A drink was included in our class; most people got red wine, beer, or spritz (a wine-based cocktail composed of prosecco wine or champagne, bitter liqueur, and sparkling mineral water).
I’m realizing that I’m not really into alcohol, and since I was feeling under the weather I stuck with water. (Having a boyfriend who is in the dental assisting keeps me aware of my teeth of course, so I don’t drink soda either, although they had that available too).
Me! We got to wear those funny hats and also aprons.
Making the pizza was a lot faster than I anticipated– we were shown how to massage the dough into a pizza shape gently (our Italian pizza-making instructor told the guys to be as gentle as though the dough were a girl haha).
The demo pizza.
My pizza just had tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, olives, basil and some grilled eggplant they gave me. My pizza wasn’t gluten free, but it was fun to make and I had a nibble of the cheese and veggies later. Definitely a fun experience, even if you don’t eat it. Probably the one thing I should have done was ask beforehand if they had a gluten free option, but somehow I didn’t get around to that.
My pizza! Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, olives, mushrooms, basil and grilled eggplant.
Tips for taking the pizza making class:
Don’t wear black — there’s flour all over. I actually stayed perfectly clean, but just be careful what you wear.
Venetian food: each region of Italy has a distinct cuisine. They are so different, in fact, that there truly is no such thing as “Italian” food. Not surprisingly, seafood is a large part of a typical Venetian diet.
Cicheti is an interesting, unique component of Venetian cuisine. It’s a kind of “finger food”, which ranges form veggies to seafood. I had some eggplant and potatoes which were pretty good. It’s basically little pieces of food that can be ordered at the counter like this one and eaten standing at the bar, or taken to go.
They also serve spritz, a wine-based cocktail composed of prosecco wine or champagne, bitter liqueur, and sparkling mineral water.
The typical wines include of that region are Merlot, Cabernet, Prosecco, and Pinot, with an emphasis on Manzoni and Raboso wines.
Our tour guide Rita recommended Cantina Do Moriand Cantina Do Spade. They’re sort of like pubs; it’s hard to explain. You can order food to be eated while standing at the bar. It’s an interesting experience.
After the walking tour, my roommate Elizabeth V. and I headed back to the hotel, tired out and with sore feet.
We suddenly came upon an unexpected sight… There were a bunch of people that appeared to be armed milling around, along with a bunch of police officers and security. We kept walking toward the bridge we needed to cross to reach out hotel when suddenly….
We get totally swarmed by a huge crowd of people dressed like zombies. I accidentally ran into a trashcan trying to get away (I tried to speed walk away in the opposite direction from the on-coming mass of costumed pretend-zombies). I lost Elizabeth and kind of got trapped in the middle of the procession. I watched the fake-armed people pretend-kill the zombies. Venice has some sort of annual zombie parade, which I guess is great for people who enjoy that kind of thing.
May as well walk the dog while wandering the streets as an undead citizen of Venice.