Craig and I started out our Saturday morning with a Palermo's pizza tour in the Menomonee Valley. I had purchased a Groupon for it a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be a fun thing to keep secret until we actually arrived at the tour.
Since I booked the tour for a Saturday vs. during the week, I knew production would actually be shut down, but we still got to see the production area from above. We started out with a fifteen minute introduction to the family, the history of the company and their community involvement.
Chef Arturo provided a cooking demonstration, which involved talking about the wood-burning stove and making us fresh original pizza. The first pizza actually had no cheese or tomatoes on it--it was just dough with olive oil, garlic and herbs. The one we tried today and tomato sauce with just garlic and sea salt.
We both received t-shirts as souvenirs. Mine says "Keep Calm Eat Pizza" and Craig's says "Honorary Italian." The tour also included some coupons for frozen pizza and then 20% off anything in the shop, so Craig got a pepperoni pizza to take home.
It was a fun tour and we enjoyed doing something different!