Forno Pizza is a fairly new sourdough pizza restaurant in Winton, Bournemouth owned by a couple, James & Gina. During February Half-term and the Easter holidays, they’ve been holding pizza classes for kids before the restaurant opens for trade.

It’s so nice having something different planned to do in the school holidays, so as soon as I saw their advert last week I signed Caiden up.

During the session, they were taught how to make the dough, what ingredients go into making it and which countries the ingredients come from. They had the opportunity to whisk, touch, taste ingredients & blend tomatoes to formulate the pizza sauce. Fun fact – The tomatoes they use for the pizza sauce are sourced from Italy and grown near the volcanoes. Due to the warmer soil, it makes the tomatoes sweeter! How cool is that?

I really liked the fact that James & Gina made sure every child got the opportunity to have a go at either whisking, pouring, blending, opening tins of tomatoes and so on.

Afterwards, they sat down and were given their own pizza base in a box. They were able to top the pizza with a choice of ingredients – Caiden stuck to his trusty favourite; pepperoni. But to try and widen their taste buds the children were asked if they wanted to try something different and if in fact, they ended up liking it they could add that to their pizza. There were some brave ones who tried almost everything from capers to anchovies, chilies to basil. Caiden tried sweetcorn and he said he actually quite liked it.

Once their creations were made they were then cooked in the authentic wood fire pizza oven. They then had the choice to either sit and eat their pizza or take it home. They even supplied them all with drinks!

I can vouch for the great taste  – the pizza Caiden made was delicious.

Caiden (and I ) had a really lovely time. It was educational as well as fun and it was nice to do something completely different.

If you are local you should definitely check their facebook page for future classes – it’s well worth it. Before we left Caiden was issued with a little certificate and a chocolate egg which was a really lovely touch.

Fun fact for you – Forno Pizza makes their dough fresh every day and fermented very slowly for 48 hours which breaks down the natural starch and gluten. This, in turn, makes it light and airy and easy to digest. Their toppings are sourced from Italy and from around Dorset and then the pizzas are cooked in the wood-fired oven at 450c.


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