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Professional Pizza Course

at VPN Americas - Inglewood

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$2,850 2 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Jun 12, 10:00am - Jun 16, 3:00pm Pacific Time ( 5 sessions )

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Inglewood, Other Suburbs/Cities
440 Hindry Ave, Ste B
At W Hillcrest Blvd
Inglewood, California 90301
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this pizza making class:

The 5 day extensive course is recommended for people who want to open a Neapolitan pizzeria and need to be able to transfer all the skills to the working staff.

The first 3 days schedule of the course will be the same of the Regular course. The 2 additional days of training will be dedicated to additional practice of making pizza, cooking more pizzas in the same time, learning how to prepare other kinds of Neapolitan pizzas with different toppings, and cooking typical topping from the Neapolitan traditional cuisine.

The student will have the possibility to customize the program, focusing on any of the 15 concepts of the course.

The program is divided in 4 periods:

1 – Theoretical period. Knowledge of the Product and Preparation Process
The course's theoretical hours aim to furnish the student with an essential knowledge of the physiological, morphological and genetic components of the products composing the Neapolitan pizza. 

The theory section will take place in the workshop following a well–defined schedule in which the instructors will teach these essential concepts: 

  1. Introduction to the VPN Association: rules and organization.
  2. VPN Americas activity and market presence. 
  3.  History of the pizza and its ingredients. 
  4. Pizza in USA 
  5. Properties of the products for making a dough (flour, yeast, water, salt). 
  6. Characteristics of the ingredients for making a Neapolitan pizza (San Marzano style plum  tomato, extra virgin olive oil, buffalo's and cow's milk mozzarella, basil, oregano, garlic). 
  7. Technical aspects of the main equipment and tools 
  8. Nutrition facts of the Neapolitan pizza 

2 – Workshop Period
The course is focused on practice. You will also acquire many secrets and skills. You will have a space on the bench for practice, supervised by a VPN Certified Master pizzaiolo and you will spend the majority of the time preparing the dough, forming the balls, slapping the dough, cooking pizza and preparing all the ingredients you need. 

  1. Turning on the oven, learning how to bring it to proper temperature and how to maintain  it during baking. 
  2. Preparing the dough by hand following the recipe. 
  3. Preparing the dough using a fork mixer. 
  4. Learning how to prepare fresh mozzarella (fior di latte), ricotta, smoked mozzarella and  burrata cheese. 
  5. Making bread with leftover dough. 
  6. Leavening of the dough. 
  7. Cutting, shaping and forming of the balls.  
  8. Stretching and opening the dough with the proper technique to form the disc. 
  9. Organizing the working bench. 
  10. Preparing the ingredients (mozzarella, how it should be cut, how the tomatoes must be  grind, etc.) 
  11. Putting the toppings on the pizza. 
  12. Cooking and managing the pizza in the oven (choosing the proper timing and temperature  and the right tools) 
  13. Preparing the Classical Neapolitan Pizzas (Marinara and Margherita) and other pizzas with  typical Neapolitan traditional topping. 
  14. Learning how to manage more than one pizza in the same time 
  15. Preparing and cooking of the Pizza Fritta with its variations (Pizza Montanara and Calzone  Fritto).

3 – Cheese making factory
If available, you can spend 30 minutes at a cheese factory watching the process of producing mozzarella and tasting different fresh cheeses.

4 – Training Examinations: Written & Practical.
A panel composed of members of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana supervised by the President Peppe Miele, will examine the trainees at the end of the course. The student will undergo two tests and a verbal interview.

  1. A written test with 30 multiple–choice questions.  
  2. A practical test requiring the preparation of the dough and the preparation of the two classical Neapolitan pizzas: Margherita and Marinara. 

At the end of the test, the trainee will receive a score out of 100 possible points. The written portion will be worth 30 points and the practical skill portion will be worth 70 points 


  • 3 T-shirts
  • 3 aprons 
  • 1 hat

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Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 2 business days in advance of the class will be honored with a refund less 5% cancellation fee.
  • Students who cancel less than 2 business days prior to the start time of the class will receive a credit towards a future class.


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Our offices are located inside the International Business Centers on Hindry Ave., 5 minutes from the LAX Airport. You probably know the Randy’s Big Donut - we are 2 minutes from there.

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  • Wed, Jun 14 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 15 at 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 16 at 10:00am - 3:00pm
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VPN Americas is the American Delegation of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, an international organization founded in the mid 1980’s by a group of Neapolitan pizzaioli (pizza makers) seeking to cultivate the culinary art of making Neapolitan pizza.

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