LAS VEGAS (March 22, 2018) – Class was in session at Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace as world-renowned pizzaiolo, Enzo Coccia of Pizzaria La Notizia, direct from Naples, Italy, gave Caesars Palace chefs and other special guests an exclusive lesson on the art of Neapolitan pizza making on Tuesday, March 20.
Coccia is no stranger to Bacchanal Buffet, as five years ago, he led the first class for Bacchanal chefs to learn his masterful ways. In December, pizzaiuolo, the art of Neopolitan pizza-making, was added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Coccia was appointed a member of the Technical Coordination Committee with 12 other experts, and was also named the ambassador of the authentic pizza during the International Pizza Expo 2018, the world’s largest pizza show that brings professionals in the field from all over the world to Las Vegas March 19-22.
In addition to Caesars Palace chefs, two Wish Children with Make-a-Wish Foundation joined in on the master class where Coccia gave them a hands-on lesson.
Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner also joined in on the pizza making fun. Selesner visited Coccia’s pizza shop in Naples where he became a big fan of his famed pizza.
Coccia, a third-generation pizzaiolo and founder of Pizzaria La Notizia in Napoli, Italy, owns three acclaimed restaurants in Napoli, opened a school for pizza makers in 2001 with students traveling from as far as Asia and the United States, he serves as a consultant for pizza restaurants, and often lectures at the University of Naples on the history of Neapolitan-style food.
After learning the skills and techniques from the master, the chefs at Bacchanal Buffet will take what they learned and apply it at the buffet’s Italian station where they will serve their take on the authentic dish.