This morning the U.S. Pizza Team was warmly welcomed to the Academia Barilla in Parma. The site was the original location of the first Barilla factory which has since been moved to bigger more industrial places. The Academia has become a center for learning (and tasting) the fine art of Italian cooking.
We didn't realize what we were getting into when we got on the bus this morning. What seemed to be an unusually long venture for a kitchen demonstration revealed itself to be no small undertaking indeed.
We were immediately split into groups and put to work at different stations making a smorgasbord of Italian delights.