Sibling reunion was a raging success this year, much of it because of
Uno’s deep dish pizza. That’s right. Who knew that pizza could be delicious as well as a great ‘bonding’ agent?
For those of you who don’t know what Sibling Weekend is, here’s a brief summary:
Following the death of our parents, my brothers and sister and I became what we jokingly refer to as, ‘the world’s oldest orphans. As children, we played together at our parent’s insistence. As teens, we could barely stand the sight of each other. Then we moved to different locations. Then came spouses and kids and it became difficult to get together even during the holidays. Ten years ago we were only getting together for funerals – pathetic, but probably typical of most of us.
So seven years ago, I invited everyone to visit. I live in Florida so enticing them to the location was not a problem, but quite honestly, I hoped we would find enough common ground to have a good time. It exceeded my expectations. No spouses or children can attend. At our reunions, we are kids again, albeit kids who are old enough to drink and have driver’s licenses. We laugh and we have fun for the better part of four days.
Back to Uno’s…
Every year I plan something special…something they wouldn’t do on their own. One year we learned to oil paint; another time we went to Cassadaga for psychic readings. This year, I decided that a cooking class might be fun. As fate would have it, I got an email from Travelzoo.com announcing a pizza making class at Uno Pizzeria & Grill. Classes were offered at five locations, including Orlando. These are the original, deep dish pizzas and that they would even consider teaching us to make them intrigued me.
So I registered for the class and on October 2, we donned silly aprons and
chef hats and headed for Uno’s. We were greeted by General Manager Rob Bradley, our host for our pizza making adventure. To say he is jovial would be an understatement. He has been with Uno’s a number of years and enjoys every moment like it’s his passion – not his job.
He told us how Uno’s came to be and took us on a tour of ‘his’ restaurant. And if Bradley’s enthusiasm wasn’t enough, the employees were almost giddy. I’ve never seen a crew so happy and the employees we met have been here more than a decade.
I have to mention that I quickly learned there’s not much in the freezer here – in fact, my freezer at home has more. All the ingredients used at Uno’s are fresh and tasty, which is the reason their pizza is so good.
But I digress…
They showed us how the crust was made; then attentively watched as we made it. We cut and made dough, then baked our crust, stuffed our pizza with anything we wanted and baked them.
We made two, small pizzas each: one for lunch and one for take home, but following a large Caesar’s Salad, (mine was topped with anchovy’s!) we ate only one piece of pizza and took the remaining seven pizzas home.
Now you have to remember that deep dish pizzas are filling. If you’ve ever had one, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, head to Chicago where Uno’s was born, or if you live in my neck of the woods, head to Orlando. Eating Uno’s pizza is one of life’s great pleasures.
Our lessons were much, much more than I expected and I have to tip my hat to Rob Bradley for providing a first class experience. We even left with recipes to make pizza at home and his business card should we need anything in the future.
Thank you, Rob for making this year’s sibling reunion a huge success!
If you are interested in taking a class, it’s offered infrequently through www.Travelzoo.com. Currently you can purchase a class for up to four people and it’s offered in five different cities.
But you don’t have to take the class to eat the best deep dish pizza you’ll find anywhere! If you are in Orlando, stop by and say hello to our new ‘honorary’ sibling, Rob Bradley. Uno’s is located at 8250 International Drive in Orlando.Follow @DigitalDebbie