Food is never far from my thoughts and so it seemed logical to me in the early stages of developing our property that while the rainy season prevented work on an access road a sensible alternative would be to build a wood fired clay oven. Apparently many of our friends didn’t understand my reasoning with comments along the lines of “crazy” or worse. Undeterred and with the assistance of my ever supportive wife I pressed ahead anyway and what began some six years ago as a way of filling the time while we waited for dry season to arrive is still standing and still producing pizza for those same doubters. Sometimes you just have to follow your own path. It’s certainly easier to justify when there’s a meal waiting at the finish!
You now have the chance to experience the difference a real wood fired oven makes when making pizza. Every full moon we welcome a small group of just 12-15 diners and give them the opportunity to bake their own pizza in the belly of the “smoking pig”. If you prefer to keep your hands dough free we’ll make them for you with your choice of freshly prepared ingredients. We cook pizzas one by one and serve family style so every slice is piping hot and you will get a chance to try each one. There’s a complimentary beer for everyone to wash down your meal and we keep cooking ’til you are full or we run out of dough!! Get a group together and we’ll fire up the oven for your own private event.
FULL MOON DATES FOR 2018; March 31st, April 29th, May 29th, June 27th, July 27th, Aug 26th, Sep 24th, Oct 24th, Nov 23rd, Dec 22nd
If you will not be around for a full moon date we are happy to fire the oven for private parties. For a fixed price you can invite up to 12 guests and we will cook to order until everyone has had enough. This is not a race though, we work at a gentle pace allowing your guests time to mingle. Between slices of delicious pizza you can learn about the history of pizza and clay ovens, how to construct your own, how to fire an oven for bread or pizza and of course learn how to make wonderful pizza dough. The whole process normally takes around three to four hours. We can provide drinks at a modest charge or you can bring your own selection. If you choose to have your party in the afternoon there will be ample opportunity to explore the gardens at Tesoro Verde but if an evening event suits you will get to see the oven in it’s full glory, glowing deep red surrounded by the dark jungle.
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