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Published February 12th 2011
You know how it is. You're in the supermarket. Hungry. You pass the freezer section and spot some pizzas piled up. The picture on the box gets you salivating: the slightly-browned melted cheese. The pepperoni scattered generously over the top. The colourful mouth-watering veg.
You chuck a box in the trolley and like a snail sliding across a pavement, you leave a trail of drool all the way home.
Once back, you excitedly take the pizza out of the box. Your saliva turns into a frothy mess of disappointment and hurt. You feel like you've been duped.
The frozen block you hold in your hand bears no resemblance to the photo on the box. You throw it in the oven and hope it miraculously changes after 15 minutes at 200c. It doesn't.
So how about making your own pizza instead? You can choose the ingredients and have the satisfaction of having done it yourself. And it might even look a bit like the one on the box.
Italian Pizza Courses, with a base in London, has connections with the National Pizza College in Rome. And if the National Pizza College of Rome doesn't know how to make a decent pizza, then who will?
Italian Pizza Courses uses qualified instructors who have expert knowledge in every aspect of the art of traditional pizza making.
Besides teaching students how to make the perfect pizza, professionalism and dedication are also promoted - useful for those working or hoping to work in the catering industry.
Practical instruction is combined with a theoretical approach to ensure a well-rounded understanding of the pizza making process.
Courses last ten consecutive six-hour days and are made up of no more than five students, so you can be assured of the instructor's full attention.
You could be a chef already working in the industry, or a total beginner who's never even sliced an onion. All are welcome.
The course isn't cheap, but you'd be acquiring a marketable skill in the process.
Lessons take place in partner pizzerias across north London.