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Back to Pizza School

You may not be aware of it, but the Eco Restaurant is far more than just the best restaurant in Clapham.

It is in fact a hub for the young and the not so young to enjoy themselves, at our Kids’ Pizza School, at a morning meeting or networking event, or at a party later in the day for up to seventy people.

At the Pizza School we run lessons in making pizzas. Usually they are managed by our head chef Ahmos on Saturday mornings, although sometimes they are run by a manager. You receive a t-shirt, then some information about how to make the dough and add the toppings. You will be given some written information, then a demonstration of how it all comes together. Then, at the end of it all, you will be awarded a certificate to take home. Sometimes our young visitors organise for their friends to come along to Pizza School as part of their birthday celebrations.

We believe it is good for children to see what goes into their food, and how it is made. Eco Restaurant takes pride in the healthy and nutritious fare that we provide to our customers.

For the older ones, in fact for any age group, we cater for parties. You can organise your own menu. You can order any cake you wish, and it will be delivered to the event. We can accommodate groups of up to 70 people.

The other type of event that we can provide for is the morning meeting or conference. You can request a breakfast buffet, a full breakfast or coffee and pastries. These can be booked from early in the morning up until midday.

When it comes to Clapham Common events, Eco Restaurant is accommodating and versatile. We are not just a restaurant, we operate at the heart of our local community. We are so proud of the good food and good service that we provide to our customers we want you to come and see for yourself, and share in what we do.

Whatever your age, wherever you are, come and enjoy our work with us.

Why ‘In’ And ‘On’ Are Much More Different Than Simply A Single Letter

Our kids pizza school is well known for providing kids with a fun-filled Saturday morning discovering how to make the perfect Eco pizza, with all their favourite toppings. Whether making it or eating it is more fun I’m not sure, but certainly the kids seem to enjoy both!

But last week I was struck by something one of the children said to me right at the beginning. Perhaps what struck me more was the fact that I was struck by his comment at all. Let me explain.

Just as we were preparing to get started one of the boys asked me ‘what goes in to a pizza?’

Now that might seem a perfectly innocent question to you, and so it is. Except that I couldn’t help noticing that he had asked what goes in to a pizza, rather than what goes on a pizza. Because it’s perhaps one of the most natural things a child might ask when they’re told they’re going to make a pizza, or have a pizza. We think of pizza toppings – our choice of ingredients that go on top. But of course that’s only the topping – the pizza base is very much part of the deal, and yet often it’s ignored.

Of course, at Eco we have never ignored the base, and in fact came up with our own unique pizza base salt dough recipe for a light, tasty and healthy pizza base. It’s what we teach at the pizza school. But just as we’ve spent years thinking about what goes in to our pizzas, most people just think about what goes on them.

Except this boy last week. Was it just an accidental phrased? An unintentional choice of preposition? Or was there really more of an understanding about the fact that the food we eat is comprised entirely of ingredients, and we have a choice over every one of them. Just as we have more of a choice than simply what goes on top of a pizza, so we have a choice about what goes in to our meals.

It’s too easy to be blind to the poor ingredients, and artificial ingredients going in to our food, seeing them only as the base we don’t see because of the more obvious ingredients piled on top.

Here’s to more children asking about what goes in to their food, and certainly at Eco we’ll keep encouraging children at our kids pizza school to think about the choices that too often are completely overlooked.

Pizza School – Lessons Beyond The Menu

Do you know what an oxymoron is? No, it’s not a bit of stupid air, it’s actually a combination of two words which normally contradict each other, such as hot ice, quiet roar, loud whisper, and of course, pizza school.

The idea of combining something we love with something we love to hate might seem like an odd idea, but our pizza school is a roaring success. That’s not even a quiet roar either! The kids who come to our Saturday pizza school have a great time. School was never this fun, or this tasty!

Every week we greet another bunch of excited kids eager to get their fingers sticky, their tummies hungry and their taste buds treated to something they’ve really made themselves. A lot of kids that come to our pizza school have surprisingly little idea what goes in to making a pizza. Oh, they know the main ingredients, because if they order a pepperoni they have a pretty good hunch that there will be pepperoni on it. Although you’d be surprised how few of them realise it doesn’t come in slices!

If they ask for a cheese and tomato pizza, they know that there’s likely to be some cheese on it, and the odd tomato. But there’s so much else to learn, and so much of it is important to our understanding of what goes into food.

These days we’re often surrounded by meals which look good and taste good, but knowing what’s really in them, how they’re made, where they come from and whether they’re good for us or not is a different matter altogether – yet we believe these are the questions we should all be asking, not just the kids who come to our pizza school and learn more about food in one morning than they would by simply reading a menu!