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Pizzaiolo for a Day: Sam Toia and Mary Kay Bonoma

Pizzaiolo for a Day: Sam Toia and Mary Kay Bonoma

In Italy, pizza-making apprentices train under experts for years before earning the title pizzaiolo. Now, local pizza lovers have the opportunity to work with our own expert pizzaioli with Eataly Chicago's all-new series!

Every Thursday, Eataly invites a different Chicago food lover to our open kitchens at La Pizza & La Pasta for a crash course in the love, labor, and tradition that goes into each pizza napoletana. After training with our Neapolitan team, each “Pizzaiolo for a Day” will stretch and toss one of our four new doughs, top with high-quality ingredients, and watch the pizza bake in our traditional wood-burning ovens.

On Thursday, April 6, join us in welcoming Sam Toia, President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Assocation, and Mary Kay Bonoma, Executive Vice President of the Illinois Restaurant Association as they join our Rossopomodoro pizzaiolo, Simone Iavarone, in the pizza kitchen for our all-new weekly series: “Pizzaiolo for a Day."

Pizzaioli Sam and Mary Kay created a pizza stemming from their love of vegetables, Amore Per Le Verdure (marinated artichokes, mushrooms, mozzarella di bufala, and Grana Padano DOP). Enjoy it for $18!

Join us each week at La Pizza & La Pasta to watch your fellow Chicagoans master the process – and maybe pick up a couple tips and tricks yourself! Reserve your table now.