I came to the class not really knowing anything about him, except his was the God of Pizza al Taglio in Rome. The pizza made in trays and sold by the slice and paid for by weight.
|the man is possesed about pizza|
It was a little too crowded for all of us to gather around the bench space where Gabrielle was working. He is of course larger than life so I could see him while he was talking and moving around some get to see what he hands were doing. But as a teacher- I moved to the back of the space letting the others stand in front.
I learned a lot. I know a lot- but now I know more. I will be dangerous!
Day two, we worked the dough we had made the day before, our own, which were marked with our names on them. The set-up and prep at the school is fabulous.
|riccardo- was a great help!|
The lessons were really about the dough. Flour and water, lots of water.
What impressed me was Gabriele's enthusiam for what he does. You can see in creating his "flavors" he uses the dough like a blank canvas, and then builds layers of flavors-- and color.
If you can speak Italian, he is on a TV show where he shares his secrets- all of them.
Day two was a little more roomy as a couple of the students called in sick. We each had our dough, and Garbriele also has quite a bit where he made the larger sheet pans as he would for work. We also tasted a foccaccia dough "foggiana" from Puglia. So much information and food.
There were about 20 different pizza's and we all got take-home boxes. I am in a hotel, so just took very little, but you could feed a family!
After lunch on Friday with Semsa and Katie, Katie shared one of her Rome favorites SAID chocolate Factory. One of the FAVORITE ways I love to eat bread is with chocolate. Remember the movie Pane e Cioccolato? So knowing we were baking again, I bought some of their artisan chocolates to share in class. If you have never tried eating a piece of good chocolate with a nice piece of salted bread- DO IT NOW. Gabriele got all excited for the chocolate with the bread with the tomatoes too. In Tuscany we do dolce-forte sauce for wild boar and hare, which is a variation of mole. Chocolate with savory.
I hope to have Gabriele come to Tuscany for a workshop soon- write to me if you are interested!
In Rome, we can arrange to have a translator for custom programs.
I warn you, he is a volcano of ideas! Italy's version of the "dough boy".
I need a vacation after this!