We went to Pizza School in NYC to learn how to make the best pies — here's what we learned

  • Pizza School NYC is a school entirely dedicated to the art of pizza-making.
  • With weekly classes geared toward the novice baker and experienced chef alike, this place covers everything you need to know to make pizza like the pros.
  • Our Food Insider producers visited to take a class and see who can make the perfect New York pie.

Following is a transcript of the
video.

Three, two, one.

Spencer: I’m just very scared of the dough.

Herrine: I feel like I’m doing the ugliest faces as I catch it.

Aly: It’s harder than it looks.

Narrator: Pizza School NYC is a school entirely dedicated to the art of pizza making. With weekly classes geared toward the novice baker and experienced chef alike, this place covers everything you need to know to make pizza like the pros. From making your own dough, Is this the easiest part of the whole process? to choosing from an endless array of toppings, and everything in between. In here, lunch is always in session, and playing with your food is highly encouraged. This is Pizza School.

Spencer: Hey guys, it’s Spencer.

Herrine: Hi, I’m Herrine.

Aly: Aly.

Spencer: And we are here at Pizza School NYC. It is a school entirely dedicated to the art of pizza making. And we are here with Mark Bello, he’s the owner, and today he’s gonna take us through a class and see if we have the skills to make a great New York pie. Out of the three of us, who do you think is gonna be the best pizza maker?

Herrine: Probably you.

Aly: You have a pizza tattoo, so I feel like this is just in your blood. My oven at home doesn’t get a lot of play, but I have faith that I’ll make something edible today.

Herrine: I’m just gonna try my best, honestly.

Spencer: That’s all you can do.

Mark: What I feel is that you’re all gonna make awesome pizzas. They’re all gonna just kind of reflect you a little bit.

Aly: Let’s dough it.

Spencer: Well, I’m super excited guys. Let’s see if we have the skills to graduate Pizza School.

Herrine: I’m pumped.

Spencer: Let’s do it.

Mark: So first thing we’re gonna do is we’re gonna make our dough. And this is important because making your own dough absolutely puts the power of the pizza in your hands.

Herrine: There’s an exact science to this.

Spencer: All right, so we got giant bowls of flour here.

Aly: This is an arm workout. I feel it.

Mark: Yeah, switch arms so you don’t get lopsided.

Spencer: It’s a good thing I skipped the gym every day this month.

Spencer: [growl]

Herrine: What is that sound? Spencer: I don’t know. I’m a pizza monster.

Mark: OK, so we’re gonna knead. You’re basically breaking open any residual little lumps of flour.

Aly: Oh, I don’t know why I made this shape. I thought we were going for I don’t know what.

Spencer: I don’t want to know what that is.

Mark: Everyone is very excited to learn the act of actually throwing the dough in the air, correct?

Spencer: Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

Mark: So that said, I just would like to introduce my brother from another mother. He is a competitive dough stretcher. So I’m gonna hand this off to Neil.

Spencer: Woo, Neil! Hi, Neil.

Neil: Nice to meet you guys.

Spencer: Nice to meet you too. So you’re gonna show us how to be champion dough throwers?

Neil: I’m actually gonna hold one hand palm-side up, the other hand I’m holding with my knuckles.

Spencer: OK, ready guys? Here we, here we go, and…

All: Three, two, one.

Aly: It’s harder than it looks because Neil makes it look easy. My thumb went through.

Spencer: We got a hole. We got a hole. There’s been a breach!

Mark: Spencer, you actually, that’s a, I would say…

Aly: Whoa, Spencer’s getting an A in Pizza School.

Mark: That’s beautiful.

Spencer: Yeah, nice, nice, nice.

Aly: We’re gonna turn this monstrosity into a beautiful heart.

Mark: OK, so at this point we’re gonna decide, you know, what’s your first pizza gonna be.

Spencer: I think I just gotta play it classic and stick with the original.

Herrine: I like a red pie with fresh mozzarella, and I like some heat to mine.

Aly: I think I’m gonna go banana Nutella pizza because after we eat yours, we’re gonna need dessert.

Spencer: I think she’s ready.

Mark: Yeah, she’s beautiful.

Spencer: Go in, in right there, like that, back and forth?

Neil: And then just pull it out.

Mark: High five. Spencer: All right, yes.

Spencer: Yay us. Aly: I’m impressed.

Spencer: And they all look so good.

Mark: Your next trip to your pizzeria you’re gonna look at their pizza and be like…

Spencer: Mine’s better. All right, so it’s time to taste them all.

Spencer: I think that’s pretty good pizza.

Aly: Spencer, I’d pay money for this.

Mark: I would eat that, yeah.

Herrine: You really outdid yourself.

Spencer: I got too excited.

Aly: So what grade would you give her? An A, B, C?

Mark: I mean, a P.

Spencer: I got a perfect P for pizza?

Herrine: So mine definitely is not as pretty as yours.

Spencer: Of course it is, it’s pretty in its own way.

Aly: I beg to differ. I think this is pretty.

Spencer: Oh wow.

Aly: Spicy.

Spencer: Yeah, that has some really good spice.

Aly: I love this blend of flavours too. Sweet, spicy, savoury, it’s kinda got everything in one slice of pizza.

Spencer: Aly, I don’t know, already have some stiff competition.

Aly: Are you guys ready? I’m saving that for later. All right, so now it’s time to have dessert, everyone.

Aly: Do I have food in my teeth?

Herrine: Nope.

Aly: OK. Spencer: First of all, Nutella, bananas, some fresh fruit is never gonna be bad, but you did a really nice job with this. I like how crispy it is ’cause it really works for the dessert pizza.

Aly: Not to like, undermine myself, but anything covered in Nutella would be delicious. This just happens to be especially delicious.

Spencer: So guys, what would be your favourites if you had to choose?

Herrine: I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I put in the flavours that I wanted on my pizza, and it was exactly what I wanted. So I have to pick mine.

Spencer: I pick yours. I like yours. Yeah, yours is my favourite too.

Aly: I’m gonna triple down. I liked Herrine’s the best. Herrine: Oh, my God, that’s such a surprise.

Spencer: Herrine for the win.

Mark: So I would say the gold medal goes to each of you for different categories.

Spencer: Oh yes, we all win.

Aly: High five!

Spencer: Get in here, Neil. Congrats to my pizza sisters over here. To pizza.

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