Piz­za­land

Land of real Ital­ian food

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD - Kim­berly Goodall Gleaner Writer

THE AROMA of fresh spices hits you upon en­try as it beck­ons to your taste buds, and by the time you take a bite, the flavour of melted cheese, tomato sauce and taste of Italy car­ries you to par­adise, but you are ac­tu­ally in Piz­za­land.

Since mov­ing to Ja­maica in 2001, Ital­ian cou­ple Gior­gio Gal­biati and Lenni Val­soani toured Ja­maica in search of new ad­ven­tures, looking to see where they could make their mark on the Ja­maican so­ci­ety. From their ex­pe­ri­ence and love for their birth­place, they cre­ated ‘Piz­za­land’ on Oc­to­ber 14.

Piz­za­land pro­vides a home for the Ital­ian lovers who are looking to in­dulge in au­then­tic Ital­ian food. Though there were many tri­als and fail­ures, Gal­biati and Val­soani have fi­nally found their place.

With the hard­ship of im­port­ing prod­ucts from their

coun­try, Gal­biati had to merge his pizza-mak­ing knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with that of his wife Val­soani’s Ital­ian chef ex­pe­ri­ence to pro­duce high-qual­ity, Ital­ian food.

“Test­ing out the Ja­maican prod­ucts was the hard­est, as Ja­maica’s in­gre­di­ents taste noth­ing like what we are used to. We have to mix more than one flour to get the au­then­tic pizza dough, and Lenni has to make her sauces and in­gre­di­ents from scratch,” the pizza ge­nius ex­pressed.

Af­ter only a month of busi­ness, Gal­biati is hope­ful that Ja­maicans will learn to ap­pre­ci­ate the real Ital­ian cul­ture and fall in love with their au­then­tic flavours.

“Our in­gre­di­ents are ex­pen­sive, but we found a bal­ance be­tween prices and qual­ity. Be­cause we want to take the Ja­maicans style into con­sid­er­a­tion, we have three crust op­tions for our pizza. You can have soft, medium or crispy crust,” he ex­plained.

Along with the pas­tas, sand­wiches, gar­lic, Ital­ian and rose­mary breads, cus­tomers can cus­tomise their piz­zas to their lik­ing. Talk about hav­ing your cake and eat­ing it too!

In the future, Gal­biati hopes to try other pizza styles, specif­i­cally for ve­g­ans. His love for Ital­ian food drives him to per­se­vere and to have faith in his art.

To try out their amaz­ing foods, visit them at: 134 Old Hope Road Liguanea Plaza Kingston 6 Tel: (876) 613-7520 or (876) 435-0141

PHO­TOS BY PATRICK PLANTER

Gal­biati works in uni­son with his wife, Lenni Val­soani (left), as they work their magic be­hind the cur­tains of Piz­za­land.

Gal­biati is about to add the heat to turn this pizza into a golden mas­ter­piece.

Val­soani adds the fin­ish­ing touches to this mouth­wa­ter­ing pizza.

Ful­fil your tra­di­tional pep­per­oni de­sires.

If you’re a pineap­ple lover, this pizza is just for you.

This au­then­tic gar­lic bread with mari­nara sauce will cre­ate fire­works in your mouth.

Add a lit­tle play­ful­ness to your pizza with pep­per­oni, mush­room, pars­ley and pineap­ple from Piz­za­land.

Have heaven in a bite with this chicken Al­fredo pasta.

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