Intensive Course

COMPLETE INTENSIVE COURSE for the professional pizzaiolo

BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY offers complete intensive pizza courses, recommended for people who would like to open their own pizzeria, who would like to become a professional pizzaiolo and/or have no prior experience in making pizza.
No prior knowledge of pizza baking is required for the course. We start at the level of each individual student and go from there.


The complete intensive course takes 10 days and contains all important theoretical and practical aspects to become a professional pizzaiolo. During the course, students learn how to make different types of pizza dough (direct and indirect), use different kind of techniques, stretch the pizza by hand, bake in different ovens and prepare all different kind of toppings.

During this course, the emphasis is on learning how to make:

  • Neapolitan pizza
  • Pizza in pala Romana
  • Family pizza (pizza to share for 2 or 3 persons with different toppings)

Students also learn how to make:

  • Pizza in teglia (pan pizza)
  • Focaccia
  • Bread
  • Pizza fritta (Montanara)
  • Panzerotti
  • Dessert pizza
  • Gluten free pizza

The intensive course starts with 5 days of learning and practising everything in the school of BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY, followed by a second 5 days which are fully dedicated to a stage in our well known pizzeria-restaurant ZERO ZERO in Florence. Between both blocks of 5 days students have one day off in the middle, which brings the total duration of the course to 11 days.
The stage gives the possibility to gain a lot of practice and experience in the field, because students will be working on the side of one of our pizza instructors during preparation and service hours. Everything learned in the school will be put into practice. In this way students learn how to bake all different kinds and sizes of pizza which clients order, maintain high quality at all times due to constant guidance on their side and while we build up their speed.
We focus on the practical aspect of the profession which naturally reinforces the necessary theoretical framework. We are convinced that the work of a pizzaiolo requires more than anything the acquisition of the necessary manual dexterity and experience in the field. Our BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY is unique when it comes to gaining this experience during the course.

At the end of the complete intensive course students do a practical exam. Students who fully attended the complete intensive course and who pass the practical exam, receive the ‘Diploma of Pizzaiolo’ of our BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY. Students also get the opportunity to have their own student page with business information on our website.
In case a student doesn’t pass the exam, he or she will receive the ‘Certificate of Attendance’ of our BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY.

Please consult our agenda to check the upcoming dates for complete intensive courses and contact us by email or use the contact form to ask for availability.
For each complete intensive pizza course we take maximum 2 students at a time. In this way we guarantee a full personal guidance during the entire duration of the course.

Our instructors speak very well English, so there’s no need to worry about language issues and there’s no need to hire a translator. All classes are in English.

The total cost for a complete intensive course is €1.800 a person (ex VAT), including student materials, drinks and 2 meals a day.
We provide all students with shirts, aprons and heads for during the course. Students should bring their own appropriate shoes and pants (like kitchen pants and shoes).

BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY organizes the accommodation for all its students during the course: a very nice and private apartment with own small kitchen and bathroom, very close to the BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY. Please contact us by email or use the contact form to inform for costs.

The Theoretical Aspect

During the first 5 days in the school, lessons are dedicated to furthering the understanding of the principal aspects that make the performance of the dough and final product possible.
At the beginning of the course each student will receive an exhaustive student book prepared by our BIVERÒ PIZZA ACADEMY.
The personal approach of our school is reflected in the reference text we have put together with leading industry experts. All too often theory becomes an abstract treatise that strays far from the real context of our work. We make sure theory is approachable and easily applied to the practical aspect of the course work.

Raw Materials

Throughout the course specific attention will be dedicated to the raw materials, their evaluation and choosing them.
No professional, no matter how qualified or experienced, will ever be able to transform lead into gold.
Behind every good pizza are the best individual ingredients. Choosing and evaluating the basic but most important ingredients to a good pizza is therefore an essential aspect of working in a pizzeria.
In this regard it is fundamental to underline that within our course we will utilize the highest quality ingredients: ‘Le 5 Stagioni’ flour, San Marzano D.O.P tomatoes, D.O.P. buffalo mozzarella, ‘Fior di Latte’ mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and Grana Padano.