Pizza in America Virtual Tours & Classes

Pizza in America Virtual Tours & Classes

Pizza in America explores the history, culture, families and journey of pizza, pizzerias & Italians through America. These virtual experiences are 60-120 minute classes and presentations followed by an interactive Q&A. Produced and narrated by author, professor, historian, pizza guru, tour guide and operator Colin M. Caplan, and featuring special guests and pizza maestros and chefs, Pizza in America is your ticket to learning and eating all at the same time!

-learn about Pizza History & culture from home or away!
-60-120 min presentations Tuesday Evenings at 8 PM EST
-$20-$75 per screen sign-up
-featured Pizza Wizards & Pizzaioli from around the US
-connecting you to knowledge, pizzeria lore, products & more
Pizza Making Lessons to help you perfect your pies at home!

Pizza in America Winter 2021 Session
January 19: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Basics Pizza in America: Pizza Making & Methods: Basics
February 2: New Haven’s First Pizzerias Pizza in America: New Haven’s First Pizzerias
February 9: Pizza Becomes American Food (National Pizza Day!) Pizza in America: Pizza Becomes American Food (National Pizza Day!)
February 16: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Ingredients & Prep Pizza in America: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Ingredients & Prep
February 23: Apizza, Mooz  & Other Pizza Lingo Pizza in America: Apizza, Mozz & Other Pizza Lingo
March 2: Pizza, a love story Movie Screening Pizza in America: Pizza, a love story Movie Screening
March 9: American Pizza Styles Explained Pizza in America: American Pizza Styles Explained
March 16: Fired-Up: History of Pizza Ovens Pizza in America: Fired-Up: History of Pizza Ovens
March 23: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Mastering Pizza in America: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Mastering
March 30: Buffalo Pizza Herd Pizza in America: Buffalo Pizza Herd
April 13: Early American Pizza Cities Pizza in America: Early American Pizza Cities
April 20: New York City’s First Pizzerias Pizza in America: New York City’s First Pizzerias
Syllabus:

January 19: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Basics 
90 Minutes + Q&A $50/screen Pizza in America: Pizza Making & Methods: Basics
Instructor: Jimmy Ormrod
Listen in as Jimmy Ormrod, 4th generation master pizzaiolo from Zuppardi’s Apizza, helps get you started with the basics of making a pizza at home. Starting from pre-made dough, this class will help novice pizza makers learn to efficiently spread, top and bake a pizza in a conventional oven, giving simple methods to making thin, crispy pizza crust with the right toppings. We will give optional instructions on what to buy beforehand if you want to follow along with your own ingredients from home.

February 2: New Haven’s First Pizzerias
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screen Pizza in America: New Haven’s First Pizzerias
Instructor: Colin M. Caplan
New Haven is America’s rising pizza star and it all started with waves of Italian immigrants seeking a better life. The early immigrants brought their pizza recipes here and helped establish some of the earliest and most renowned pizzerias in the country, developing their own style and a legacy that continues today.

February 9: Pizza Becomes American Food (National Pizza Day!)
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screen Pizza in America: Pizza Becomes American Food (National Pizza Day!)
Instructor: Colin M. Caplan
From its humble origins in Italy to complete obsession and multi billion dollar industry, pizza has become synonymous with American food, lifestyle and culture. Certain people, events and inventions helped to propel this simple bread to its national stardom. We will explore these themes and see the results, which can be seen and had at nearly every other corner of your town and your screen!

February 16: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Ingredients & Prep
90 Minutes + Q&A $50/screen Pizza in America: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Ingredients & Prep
Instructor: Jimmy Ormrod
The 2nd pizza making class in this series explores in depth the type of ingredients that help make a great homemade pizza. From dough making tips, the tomatoes used for sauce, cheese types and spreading methods, to meat and vegetable topping preparation techniques, this course is designed for intermediate pizza makers. Jimmy Ormrod, 4th generation master pizzaiolo from Zuppardi’s Apizza, will be leading this class.

February 23: Apizza, Mooz & Other Pizza Lingo
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screen Pizza in America: Apizza, Mozz & Other Pizza Lingo
Instructor: Colin M. Caplan
Learn why they call pizza in New Haven Apizza, pronounced “ah-beets”, mozzarella cheese Mozz, pronounced “mootz” and other colloquial lingo. The surprising lesson will reveal that these and so many other pizza related words are actually derived from a different language than Italian, and help explain pizza’s roots in Southern Italy.

March 2: Pizza, a love story Movie Screening Pizza in America: Pizza, a love story Movie Screening
90 Minutes + Q&A $25/screen
Stars: Director Gorman Bechard & Producers Dean Falcone & Colin M. Caplan
Watch the documentary on Sally’s Apizza, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana & Modern Apizza that includes locals, pizza fans and star power to tell a hilarious and fascinating story of how pizza wasn’t invented in New Haven, it was perfected there!

March 9: American Pizza Styles Explained
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screen Pizza in America: American Pizza Styles Explained
Instructor: Arthur Bovino & Colin M. Caplan
Ask anyone what their favorite pizza is and what it looks like, and you will get vastly different answers all over the country. Leading national pizza expert researcher and writer Arthur Bovino will guide us around. The regional styles like New York, Detroit, Chicago, New Haven, Providence, St Louis, Neapolitan, Sicilian, Grandma, Pizzetta, Tavern, Greek and more shows how versatile and variable pizza can be, but it is also equally as contentious.

March 16: Fired-Up: History of Pizza Ovens
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screen Pizza in America: Fired-Up: History of Pizza Ovens
Instructor: Scott Wiener & Colin M. Caplan
Led by pizza guru and maestro of Scott’s Pizza Tours in NYC, Scott Wiener discusses the history of pizza ovens from the massive coal-fired brick structures to the efficient gas, wood and electric ovens that have modernized the industry and pollinated restaurants and homes around the country.

March 23: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Mastering
120 Minutes + Q&A $75/screen Pizza in America: Pizza Making & Methods Class: Mastering
Instructor: Jimmy Ormrod
Making pizza at home can be challenging, but achieving mastery may be easier than you think. This class helps to craft specific elements of making dough from scratch, proofing methods and timing and getting you to craft the ultimate pizza with the tools at hand. Jimmy Ormrod, 4th generation master pizzaiolo from Zuppardi’s Apizza, will be leading this class.

March 30: Buffalo Pizza Herd
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screenPizza in America: Buffalo Pizza Herd
Instructor: Arthur Bovino
Join Buffalo’s leading pizza expert & acclaimed writer Arthur Bovino as we adventure through the pizza history and variety of this once booming industrial city. Like many Northeastern cities, Buffalo attracted thousands of Italians as well as other immigrant groups during the 19th and 20th centuries. Its pizza reflects the family traditions of its early Italian bakers plus the amazing crossover and melding between different cultures.

April 13: Early American Pizza Cities
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screen Pizza in America: Early American Pizza Cities
Instructor: Colin M. Caplan
This presentation takes you on a journey from pizza’s beginnings in Italy along with Italian immigrants onto American shores. From the industrial East Coast cities, the Midwestern coal mines and to the golden lands of California, pizza began as a Southern Italian ethnic delicacy found only in their growing enclaves. But these hamlets began the process to what would soon become America’s favorite food.

April 20: New York City’s First Pizzerias
60 Minutes + Q&A $20/screen Pizza in America: New York City’s First Pizzerias
Instructor: Peter Regas & Colin M. Caplan
Peter Regas is one of the leading New York City pizza researchers who will help open your eyes to the who, where and when pizza first arrived in the city. Based on meticulous research, family stories and much more, this presentation will help dispel common myths while setting the record straight about America’s foremost pizza city.

Taco Tour

Taco Tour

Our Taco Tour is packed full of Downtown New Haven’s tastiest tacos! This traditional Mexican snack has reached the top of the food pyramid for many and we are going to town to find the best. To wash it down we pair these savory treats with refreshing Margaritas at each stop. To accomplish all this we visit an array of restaurants that serve these corn or flour tortilla wraps and sweet and sour cocktails to perfection.

Our tour starts at Pacifico for a Baja style fried fish on a soft corn taco and a zesty margarita, second we head to El Segundo for marinated pork tacos al pastor on corn tortilla with a signature margarita. Next we stroll over to another Elm City institution Elm Cit Social for their jerk chicken tacos on flour tortilla and killer margaritas. We finish our journey at the legendary Geronimo Tequila Bar for the chef’s selection of a variety of meat and vegetable soft corn tacos and their perfectly balanced margaritas. Your stomach will be eternally happy achieving this level of taco heaven!

-Tour is 4 hours long and about a mile of walking

-Guests who consume alcohol must be 21 and over with a valid ID

-Margaritas can be made with no alcohol on request

-We may not be able to accommodate some dietary restrictions due to our strict taco regiment

-Tour guide gratuity is greatly appreciated!

Chef’s Cooking Class: Pat DeRiso of Ernie’s Pizzeria

Chef’s Cooking Class: Pat DeRiso of Ernie’s Pizzeria

Join us for an exciting way for you to meet top chefs in their kitchens, learn their preparation and cooking methods, and then make their food with them. This class meets Pat DeRiso, pizzaiolo at Ernie’s Pizzeria in Westville. He grew up baking apizza with his father, Ernesto “Ernie”, who emigrated from Amalfi, Italy over 60 years ago. Established since 1971, Ernie’s loyal following sets them apart from other area pizzerias. Run entirely by the Pat, the pizzeria is one of the top-rated spots in the country taking awards for their mozzarella and plain tomato pizzas.

This class involves getting your hands dirty! Pat instructs the class on pizza making techniques. Members roll the dough into balls, flatten, stretch and dress the dough. Then each member delivers their pie into the oven and when finished, provides a meal for after class. Pizza history guru and author of Pizza in New Haven, Colin M. Caplan will be on hand to give background to pizza culture from its beginnings in Italy to its perfection in New Haven. During the class you are provided two servings of pizza, wine, beer, soda and coffee. You leave with vast knowledge of pizza making techniques, your own cooked pie, and an option to take pre-rolled pizza dough.

Latin American Tapas Tour

Latin American Tapas Tour

Join us on a Latin American themed culinary tour around Downtown New Haven sampling small plates of food from a variety of nationalities. La comida, or food, shows off the city’s diverse Latino culture. We will start with a Iberian wine tasting at The Wine Thief. Next we cross over to Soul de Cuba for a Cubano sandwich and mojito. We spice it up with Nuevo Latino cuisine featuring a duck quesadilla and a caipirinha at Pacifico. The tour rounds off back to the motherland of Spain at Barcelona for traditional tapas and sangria.

Pizza Lovers Tour

Pizza Lovers Tour

Pizza lovers and beer buffs will love this history-laden walking tour featuring 12 pizzas from some of the top-rated pizzerias in the country. Get your walking shoes on and don’t bother eating breakfast! The only US pizza tour outside of New York, Boston or Chicago, we skip the lines and bring the pizza and pints rolling! On this 6-Hour Pizza Lovers Tour we start with the oldest and most famous at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana on Wooster Street and then head on down to Downtown to the popping popular spot, Bar. After a healthy walk through Yale University we hit the rockstar place Modern Apizza on State Street. Our last leg is a stroll back over to Wooster Street for the legendary Sally’s Apizza. Each pizzeria will serve 2 similar pies and then a specialty pizza and afterwards you get to be judge of your favorite.

Little Italy Pizza Tour

Little Italy Pizza Tour

This amazing forage into the world of pizza in the heart of New Haven’s Little Italy on Wooster Street takes you to some of the top-rated pizzerias in the country. We focus on pizza, history and pizza (did we mention that?) and shrink the walking. The 5-hour tour visits the historic Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and the iconic Sally’s Apizza for New Haven style apizza, new kids on the block Zeneli Pizzeria for Neapolitan style pizza, and Abate’s Apizza for Sicilian style pies. All-in-all you will try 10 pizzas, have options for wine, beer and soda, and then vote on the best pizza of the day!

Chocolate Walk

Chocolate Walk

You will not be able to resist this 4-hour chocolate themed walking tour featuring decadent tastes all along the way. Oh baby, it’s the Chocolate Walk! This tour takes your taste buds along upper State Street where we sample various foods along with a different type of chocolate creation at each stop.

We start at Chestnut Fine Foods for a pick-me-up coffee, a chocolate pastry and some nice port, followed by a rich morsel of a chocolate ganache at Marjolaine. Don’t fret because an icy chocolate martini and Italian fare await you at Christopher Martins. After we sample ample chocolate-full cookie dough at Doughlicious. We amble over to Mezcal to sample the ancient chocolate chicken mole poblano, rice and beans, paired with a shot of mezcal. We mocha you crazy with a chocolate stout and some of the most stout New Haven apizza at Next Door.

-tour is 4 hours and about a mile of walking
-percentage of proceeds benefit the Montessori School on Edgewood
-must be 21 or over to attend

Trick or Eat Spooky Tour

Trick or Eat Spooky Tour

Get ready to taste the parts of New Haven that come from the depths of your nightmares. We have put together a walking tour that will make even the darkest demons hungry. It’s a tour to please to most sinister of impulsive appetites while we fill your brains with mind-bending tales and travel to known haunted sites, ancient cemeteries, eerie basements and fabled Yale secret societies. We may even have a few visitors popping in along the way….. Besides the copious amount of flesh we will be feeding on, our path will lead us to a coven of tasty bites, toothy tastes, and blood-thirsty concoctions.

Stops include indulging on a tasty morsel and a margarita from Temple Grill, then we trounce over to Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant for gluttonous amounts of Greek food, pizza and beer or wine, followed by ghost pepper infused Indian food and a bittersweet cocktail at Sherkaan, and then a most ghoulish stroll past a cemetery to tickle your darkest appetites to our final resting place; tearing into blood sausage, bangers and mash and other Irish delights all washed down with a pour of Guinness at The Trinity Bar.

This creepy amble lasts about 4 hours and is rain, shine or kingdom come. Survivors walk about 1.5 miles total. All food, blood and drink tastes are covered in your ticket price. To escape the wrath of your guide, bring a little cash treat to help them wet their beak, or else…

Book a Private Tour

Create your own private group tour! Taste of New Haven offers interested parties a flexible schedule with an assortment of cuisines and themes. This is the perfect opportunity for you to celebrate a birthday, engagement, school reunion or bachelor or bachelorette party. Private group tours are perfect for an office team building experience, university departments looking to show off the local restaurant scene, or a group of friends just looking for an exciting culinary adventure. We work with over 70 restaurants and shops in Downtown, East Rock and Wooster Square. Tours start at $85 per person for 4-6 hour food, drink, history and fun! Contact Dan to book a private group tour today: [email protected] or 203-231-5649

Theater District Tour

Theater District Tour

Foodie’s will be delighted by this central Downtown culinary walking tour. Located in the heart of New Haven in the shadow of the great Shubert Theater, this tour takes us from one amazing restaurant to the next as we meander through the courtyards of Yale University.

The stops include some of the City’s best eats. We pre-dine with wine at The Wine Thief, then voyage to Bar for phenomenal pizza and locally-made beer, take a trip to Soul de Cuba for Cubano sandwiches and mojitos, digest it all on a stroll through Yale, land back at Cask Republic for a beer and some Gastro Pub fare, and finish it off with the tastes of Spain with tapas and sangria at Barcelona.