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Pizza Pilot lands in Newbury Market

Written by Steph Johnson

If, like me, you’ve spent the last three months dreaming of jetting off to the sun soaked Mediterranean for some great food and wine, by now you’re probably thoroughly depressed by the distinct lack of passport action... however on Saturday there was a delicious slice of Italy at Newbury’s market.

A lockdown hobby has escalated in the most delicious way for Luke Marazzi, aka The Pizza Pilot. From making pizza for friends and family whilst temporarily grounded in his position as a commercial airline pilot, to a masterful operation and loyal social media following in just a few short months.

We had two of the first pizzas off the hot plate on Saturday, and boy are we glad we got there early because they sold out in the end! And we could tell why...

After a quick chat with Luke, you can tell he’s got a passion for high quality produce. The incredible handmade dough (oh my goodness that dough) is made from authentic Italian flour, proved for 24 hours and cooked in his awesome 450C portable pizza oven for 60-90 seconds.

I went for the Salsiccia e Friarielli, a white pizza with FDL cheese, friarielli (an Italian leafy green), fresh Italian sausage, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

My husband had the chorizo pizza with San Marzano tomato sauce, fior Di latte (mozzarella), fresh chilli, extra virgin olive oil and finished with a chilli honey drizzle.

(In reality, we went half and half, cos there was no way I was missing out on that chorizo action!)

So if you missed out, don’t worry because there are plans afoot to do it again and also some local delivery options. So keep an eye on The Pizza Pilot’s Instagram or Facebook feed so you can get your next pizza feed on!

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