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.

This is not a walking tour!
This class lasts about 3 hours.