Ready, Set, Dough! ellaslist Celebrates With A Delicious Pizza-Making Party
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By: Alana Whitting, ellaslist explorer
Party Planning Perfection
As a parent, planning and hosting a kid's party can be fraught with challenges. You need to decide on a venue, organise food, arrange entertainment and activities and then hope that the weather cooperates with your plans.
But never fear, Casa Ristorante Italiano has all of these considerations covered - and you don’t have to clean up afterwards either!
A great central Sydney location with waterfront views, amazing authentic Italian food, entertainment to keep the kids entranced and involved, plus: this party option works in all weather conditions. All you need to do is bring the kids!
Kids Love Pizza And Casa Loves Kids
We were very lucky to recently celebrate our daughter Cleo’s 7th birthday at Casa Ristorante Italiano. On arrival we were shown to the party room by our dedicated host for the day, who was wonderful in helping the party flow smoothly.
The kids have their own private party space tucked away from the rest of the restaurant where they can make noise and mess without disturbing others. Adults can get involved assisting the kids or sit back and watch the action.
The chef arrived and introduced himself to the group – he was wonderful with the room full of over excited kids who were all vying for his attention. Once all the party guests had appeared the kids donned their aprons and then they were underway.
Ready, Set, Dough
Each child had a space setup with all the ingredients they needed to prepare pizza dough. Seeing each item laid out individually and then combining them together gave the kids an understanding of the all the ingredients required and how they come together to make a pizza base.
The team at Casa Ristorante Italiano have each stage of the pizza making process prepared a step ahead so you’re not left waiting while the dough is proofing.
- Kids start by mixing all of the ingredients together to make the dough and have heaps of fun kneading.
- They then move ahead to the next step of shaping and stretching the pizza dough into a round pizza base shape, with the chef showing us his acrobatic pizza skills.
- Then they bring out some pizza dough already shaped and ready to go so the kids can top their pizzas (in pairs) with sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil.
The chef gave the kids a challenge to see who could top their pizza to look exactly like his. The winning duo received a certificate and lolly bag prize.
The chef then asks the kids if they’d like any additional toppings included on their pizzas. The pizzas are then finished off in the wood fire pizza oven in just a few minutes – the team at Casa Ristorante Italiano know you can’t keep hungry kids waiting.
Take A Seat, It's Time To Eat
While the pizzas are cooking the kids are shown to their very own table all set out for them in the main restaurant area, but still located perfectly for little ones.
The amazing pizzas made by the kids arrived to much delight at our table and everyone tucked in. The pizzas are delicious and the kids were so proud to have made them themselves. As part of the party package kids are also able to enjoy soft drinks and ice cream.
Some of the adults sneakily tucked in too and can vouch for how amazing the pizzas are!
The ellaslist Verdict
A different take on keeping kids active at a party and burning some energy before sitting down to enjoy delicious party food. And much better for them than the usual party pies and sausage rolls (and a lot tastier too).
Kids get their hands (arms and faces) dirty and have a wonderful time creating an all-time kids classic party food favourite - pizza!
Adults can enjoy a drink or something delicious from the menu (I suggest one of the platters) while the kids get creative. The team can arrange a tab for your party to keep all costs organised.
You can get in with the kids and give it a go – younger kids especially might need a hand along the way.
In A Nutshell
- $49 per child – includes pizza making, soft drink, pizzas to enjoy and ice cream
- Minimum 12 people
- 1.5 hours class
- Suits ages 7 and up
What You Need To Know
Opening times: 7 days, Monday to Friday 11.30am to late, Saturday and Sunday breakfast from 9am
Phone: (02) 9279 4115
Address: 42 – 48 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney
Where to park: Casa Ristorante Italiano has a parking offer with Secure Parking, located at 1 Shelley Street (across the road from the King Street Wharf restaurants and bars). If you phone Lova Casa at least 24 hours ahead of your reservation they can arrange parking for you for $5 which will be included on your bill at the restaurant. There is very limited metered street parking also available.
For more information, visit their website.