Coal, Dough, and a FAB New Foodie Experience + Date Night Idea

Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria Pizza Making Class


I wanted to share with you my new favorite experience – pizza making class at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria! Those smart folks over at Max’s realized three things: people love pizza (and wine!), people love to learn to make food, and the pizzeria has a very unique story to tell. When you put those three elements together, you have one of the best date night (or team-building) concepts I’ve seen in a long time!

Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria Pizza Making Class

I was lucky enough to be invited to participate, and I was blown away by how much fun it was and how much there was to learn about making pizzas the right way. Me, I chose to make a pizza brimming with all of their delicious imported meats and cheese – with some fresh tomato and basil. I don’t know if it was more fun to throw my own dough + create my own pizza (annnnd eat it), or watch and laugh while other people learned to throw their dough!!! Folks, there’s a lot of creative license and interactive learning in this experience – I am a FAN!

Anyway, I just wanted to give a personal endorsement because I truly had a great time ‘throwing dough’over at Max’s! Some good wine, some interesting historical information on the pizza scene, and a whole lot of pizza – what is not to love? Check out the class schedule and sign-up – you will NOT be sorry!

Thanks to the lovely and talented Ashley Cameron for snapping this photo of yours truly – I look like a natural, eh?

If you want to know more, here is the official press release – try it out!!

Become a Pizza Pro at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
Learn the culinary craft of pizza making directly from the experts – interactive class includes stretching and tossing techniques, ingredient selection and insight on the legendary coal burning process

ATLANTA – (March 5, 2012) – Armed with the only genuine coal-burning oven in Georgia,
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria lures die-hard and casual pizza lovers alike with its perfectly crisp
crust and distinct taste and texture that’s been a hallmark of New York City pizzerias for more
than a century. Now, the popular downtown eatery in the heart of the Luckie Marietta District
lifts the curtain on its unique 1,500-degree coal burning process and lets Atlanta foodies in on the
secret to creating the perfect pie.
Starting in April, Max’s will host a two-hour interactive pizza making class that begins at 8:30
p.m. on select Mondays. Dates for the inaugural spring session are April 16, April 30, May
14, May 28, June 11 and June 18. A talented “Pizzaiolo” (pronounced peetza-yolo), your
instructor for the night, will guide you through an entertaining and educational culinary journey
starting with the history of pizza and coal burning ovens in the United States.
The coal burning process has played a large role in pizza history. The first pizzeria in America,
Lombardi’s, to this day still uses a coal-fired oven. Other famous NYC pizzerias such as Patsy’s
and Grimaldi’s use coal-fired ovens, but New York City almost exceeds the number of coal-fired
ovens in the rest of the country combined. The key characteristic of this process is its consistent
and even heat, which cooks pizza crusts to an optimal thin and crispy texture.
then stretching and throwing the dough to create their own crusts. Pizzaiolos will provide insight
on the different ingredients and toppings used – including a comparative taste test – and guests
will build their pizzas before finally feeding them into the oven.
To wind down the evening, participants will feast on the pizzas they prepared – everyone sharing
with each other to get a sampling of the wide variety of styles available from margherita to
veggie to meat lover’s. You can post a picture of your pizza on Max’s Facebook page, and the
guest with the most “likes” by the following day will receive a free giftcard!
The cost to attend a pizza class at Max’s is $20, which includes your meal and two drinks for the
night. Space is limited to eight guests per class and must be reserved in advance. To sign up,
please call Max’s at 404.974.2941.
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria is located in the Luckie Marietta District at 300 Marietta Street,
Atlanta, GA 30313. Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and
Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation,
call 404.974.2941 or visit
Luckie Marietta District


The Luckie Marietta District is the walkable, accessible and engaging city center in downtown
Atlanta connecting 26 restaurants and lounges, 21 world-class attractions and retail, seven hotels
and a rooftop helipad. To learn more, visit

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