Benny was excited to be invited by Zero95 to a pizza masterclass. We loved their Neapolitan style pizza on our visit last November and he was super keen to learn the art of pizza making from Andrea Cozzolino – Zero95’s world champion pizza maker.
So why am I writing up the masterclass? Benny had a minor (self-inflicted) accident while he was cooking for a dinner party. End result: a trip to hospital, six stitches in his thumb, and a great dinner party story for the Alchemist and Gumnut (our guests).
Given Benny’s wound, kneading pizza dough was going to be a problem. So someone (me!) had to step up to take his place…
Our dough needed time to rest before we could use it – Zero95 makes their dough 24 hours in advance.
We learnt about strong and weak flour (and when to use each). We learnt about filtered water versus tap water. We learnt what to look for when kneading. We learnt how to cook a pizza in a domestic electric oven that can’t reach the temperatures of a wood-fired pizza oven. We learnt how to make bread from our dough.
The pizzas all tasted fantastic – the bases were soft and exceptionally light, just as a Neapolitan style pizza should be.
And for dessert – Nutella pizza! A cooked pizza base, generously drizzled with Nutella, sprinkled with icing sugar and strewn with sliced strawberries (see first pic). There was some left over which I took home – even cold, Benny proclaimed it surprisingly good.
Note that Zero95 is expanding. There is a second outlet (Zero95 Express) at Templestowe, and next month they will be opening in Kew. Over summer there was also a pop-up in Dromana that was very successful.
We loved it.
Splurge. The two-hour masterclass costs $80, but I reckon it was great value-for-money.
OverallThe Zero95 pizza masterclass is a great opportunity to learn the secrets from their world champion pizza maker. You get to eat plenty of pizza in class, and also later at home when you bake your own dough after it has rested. The result tastes fantastic, even with a normal domestic oven.
The Eat and Be Merry Crew were guests of Zero95.
Find it atZero95
904 Doncaster Road
Doncaster East Vic 3109
Telephone: (03) 9840 6975