Traditionally in Italy, the craft of pizza making has been the domain of men. No wonder the Italian word “pizzaiolo” only exists in the masculine form. It’s a language practice that needs to be amended because a woman has finally broken into one of the last male bastions with brilliant results.
Andrea Cozzolino’s passion for the art of pizza making – and yes, it is quite an art – began in Naples during his school-age years. Andrea was just twelve years old. It all started quite modestly, working at a local family-run pizzeria, making simple pizzas, preparing ingredients and feeding the staff.
byJenna Lo Bianco
The only gospel for a Neapolitan pizzaiolo is to knead by tradition- al methods! The recent visit of the “TRUE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA ASSOCIATION” (AVPN) in Melbourne opened my eyes to the fabulous life of expert pizza masters who ‘travel the world, spreading the word’.