Few things bring people together better than pizza, as pizzeria Albano’s Villa can definitely attest to. On the morning of March 11, Albano’s Villa in La Porte, located at 6492 W Johnson Rd, opened its doors to two groups of hungry preschoolers for a “Make Your Own” Pizza Party. Attendees learned the ins and outs of making pizza, and even made their own.
“We have a lot of children come to events like these, ranging from preschool to elementary school ages,” said Cynthia Freel, general manager of the J Street Albano’s Villa. “It’s a great learning experience for the kids. It’s wonderful to see these young minds making something for themselves and the smiles on their faces.”
The employees showed the children around the inner workings of the restaurant, emphasizing the importance of keeping the ingredients fresh and the kitchen and themselves clean.
“Kids love pizza, so this was a great opportunity to get them out of the classroom and teach them something new,” said Kelly Reiser, owner of With Love and Hugs Preschool. “The step-by-step process of making pizza, like washing hands and keeping things clean, is important in teaching kids how to follow directions. I enjoy bringing the children here to Albano’s, and they have a fun time eating pizza with their friends and family.”
Once the dough, sauce, and cheese were set, the kids placed a variety of toppings including pepperoni, sausage, and vegetables on their pizzas. After the pizzas baked in the oven, the young chefs approached the counter and rang the bell to receive their mouth-watering meal.
“We’ve been doing this for so many years now to the point where we have employees who first experienced events like these as children themselves,” said Shawn Condes, operations manager for the W Johnson Road Albano’s Villa, who was also the main chef for the event. “I enjoy working with the kids. Teaching them how to make pizza is a simple and fun way to instill a work ethic into their young minds, which is important for when they get older.”
Condes displayed his expertise in crafting pizza by tossing the dough in the air and molding it for the youngsters to easily use.
Once the meals were ready to serve, the youngsters enjoyed their own self-made meals in the restaurant with their friends and family, all while learning a lesson in crafting food that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact.
To explore the recipes and event opportunities available at Albano’s Villa, visit http://www.albanosvilla.com/.