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Alex the Pizza Guy brings Italian wood-fired pizza into your backyard

Michelle Taylor 28 October 2019 38
Wood-fired pizza

The oven working its magic. Photos: Tim Bean Photography.

With Canberra’s warm spring evenings stretching out longer now that daylight savings has kicked in, alfresco dining is back. Sweep the cobwebs off the BBQ and stock up on bags of ice to keep drinks cold. It is a fabulous time of year.

One luxury I have always wanted to have in my backyard is a woodfired pizza oven. Homemade pizza in the kitchen oven is tasty, but the added flavour you get from cooking with a wood-fired pizza oven is unsurpassable. The theatre, and perhaps the primitiveness of creating the pizzas outside, adds to the experience.

Alex the Pizza Guy is the next best thing to owning your own pizza oven this spring/summer. In fact, seeing as he preps the pizza, makes the pizza and then takes all the cleaning up away with him, he may just be the ACTUAL best thing!

I met Alex the Pizza Guy when he catered a wedding I attended last year. Now, a couple of months later, we meet up for a chat as he makes pizzas at a pet function at Moncrieff Park.

While he talks, Alex deftly throws together a Margherita pizza. He slides it into the mobile pizza oven on a long paddle, and in exactly 90 seconds it is out and I am nibbling on a still-sizzling slice of pizza. The crust is perfect, soft and tender with large bubbles; the edges crisp and just beginning to char. Cooked at about 350 degrees, Alex’s pizza has that magical quality, that je ne sais quoi that I keep trying to force out of my poor kitchen oven. And with just two or three simple ingredients strewn across it, this pizza tastes bellissimo!

Finished pizza

Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza.

Both Alex’s boys are with him today. Alex the Pizza Guy is a family affair, with his wife and two sons often working alongside him. Eldest son, Nick is now a partner in the business.

For over 19 years, Alex has been making pizza; over half his life. The passion for creating delicious food runs in his veins. Alex counts his nonna and mother as key culinary inspirations. He grew up with a Calabrian family that celebrated mealtimes, with the family gathering around the table to eat together. Alex can’t remember a time when he didn’t love cooking. He says his Mum and Nonna spent hours cooking and baking with him, teaching him traditional Italian recipes.

Antipasto platter

Alex the Pizza Guy can provide antipasto platters for your event.

Alex is proud to be the only Italian wood-fired pizza caterer in Canberra. As far as how many people his business can feed in a sitting, he says, “I haven’t said no to any group size yet”.

One pizza oven can comfortably cater a group of 150, but now with a second pizza oven, he can produce double that.

Fifteen different pizzas feature on Alex the Pizza Guy’s online menu, but they do not want to be pigeonholed as only making pizza. Alex and Nick offer variety and can provide a full three-course meal for an event.

Their antipasto platters feature fresh bread straight from the pizza oven and for dessert their cannoli is a family recipe.

Cannoli

The delicious cannoli is a family recipe.

And for the ultimate function, Alex the Pizza Guy have teamed up with Spritz & Co who will keep your glasses filled with fresh spritzes, wine and more.

If you want to learn the magic of creating beautiful Italian pizza, Alex and Nick offer cooking classes. As well as regular classes, they can tailor classes to suit a party or to be fun start to a buck’s or hen’s event. Each class ends with lunch; eating the pizza you made and enjoying a glass of wine.

It is fitting that Alex and his family share their love of making fantastic pizza. Alex leaves me with a quote that is now stuck on my fridge: “Find what you love, and scale it.”

Alex advertisement

Alex the Pizza Guy, Canberra’s only Italian wood-fired pizza caterer.

To contact Alex the Pizza Guy about catering your event, phone 0430 288 506 or email info@alexthepizzaguy.com.au.

Follow Alex the Pizza Guy on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with all their news or find out more on their website.

Alex at the oven

Find what you love and scale it.


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38 Responses to Alex the Pizza Guy brings Italian wood-fired pizza into your backyard
Andre Sarcevic Andre Sarcevic 12:56 pm 01 Nov 19

Alex makes the best pizzas would highly recommend him to any one!!

Rachel Jabs Rachel Jabs 11:08 pm 31 Oct 19

Mitch Laburn Edwina Laburn for your 21st

Pika Shepherd Pika Shepherd 4:23 pm 30 Oct 19

Great pizza 🍕 10/10

Rob Johnston Rob Johnston 12:48 pm 30 Oct 19

He is the best! Get among it.

Jennifer Power Jennifer Power 7:42 am 30 Oct 19

Tricia Thomas an idea for RMC?

Tegan Hawkins Tegan Hawkins 7:13 am 30 Oct 19

Amon Masters it’s your mate 😂

Philippa Kim Philippa Kim 11:46 pm 29 Oct 19

Virginia Buring here’s a party idea 💡

Peter Bolte Peter Bolte 11:27 pm 29 Oct 19

Denise Wells Wilson Janette Ridley Mary Barlow Alex is my brother from another mother and fast becoming a Canberra institution

    Janette Ridley Janette Ridley 10:48 am 30 Oct 19

    Peter Bolte Donna Hill we may have to give this a go

    Denise Wells Wilson Denise Wells Wilson 10:52 am 30 Oct 19

    Peter Bolte he must be a great bloke then 💕

    Peter Bolte Peter Bolte 11:12 am 30 Oct 19

    Denise Wells Wilson a more generous soul you would not meet

    Denise Wells Wilson Denise Wells Wilson 12:47 pm 30 Oct 19

    Peter Bolte just like you 😊

    Peter Bolte Peter Bolte 12:59 pm 30 Oct 19

    Denise Wells Wilson you are too kind

    Denise Wells Wilson Denise Wells Wilson 1:01 pm 30 Oct 19

    Peter Bolte just tell it how I see it Boltz xx

Peter Bolte Peter Bolte 11:20 pm 29 Oct 19

Aleasha May Hope Bolte Gary Bolte Eamonn Moore I told you 2 years ago this guy would become a Canberra institution

Andrew Dale Andrew Dale 10:48 pm 29 Oct 19

Well deserved and well earn't words. Trully you will struggle to find a better pizza anywhere let alone Canberra..

You need to try his GF pizza aswell omg.

    Alex the Pizza Guy Alex the Pizza Guy 11:01 pm 29 Oct 19

    Andrew Dale thanks mate for all the continued support

    Andrew Dale Andrew Dale 11:02 pm 29 Oct 19

    Alex the Pizza Guy you deserve it mate. This has been your goal for a long long time..

    Barry Pope Barry Pope 1:27 pm 30 Oct 19

    Andrew Dale Well done on inventing new words.

    Andrew Dale Andrew Dale 1:35 pm 30 Oct 19

    Barry Pope well done for hiding behind a wall ya legend

Leo Mastoris Leo Mastoris 10:47 pm 29 Oct 19

Well done mate proud of you guys ❤️❤️

    Alex the Pizza Guy Alex the Pizza Guy 11:02 pm 29 Oct 19

    Leo Mastoris ❤️❤️❤️ love you brother

Amy Peaker Amy Peaker 9:24 pm 29 Oct 19

Such a cool article Alex 😘

    Alex the Pizza Guy Alex the Pizza Guy 11:05 pm 29 Oct 19

    Amy Peaker thanks Amy, it really blew me away.

Chris Maloney Chris Maloney 9:18 pm 29 Oct 19

This guy makes pizza to die for omg!!! And that was before he ventured to his homeland to improve his product. Now that you can sample it business hours is a big win for Canberra pizza snobs. He is the real deal.

    Dan Whetton Dan Whetton 9:33 pm 29 Oct 19

    Chris Maloney we need someone like this in Sydney. So many pizza places that claim that they are the greatest!! Feeling disappoint....

    Chris Maloney Chris Maloney 9:37 pm 29 Oct 19

    Dan Whetton its his passion mate! And then he traveled overseas testing ingredients. Not that he needed to. When your down this way cuz.

    Dan Whetton Dan Whetton 9:39 pm 29 Oct 19

    Chris Maloney absolutely mate, does he deliver to the block....hahaha

    Chris Maloney Chris Maloney 9:40 pm 29 Oct 19

    Dan Whetton hes been there though you have to eat it straight from the oven. Uses perfect wood, temperatures

    Alex the Pizza Guy Alex the Pizza Guy 11:04 pm 29 Oct 19

    Chris Maloney thanks Mal for the Continued support mate, I really appreciate it.

Cassandra Sharp Cassandra Sharp 9:09 pm 29 Oct 19

Aaron Leahy new career path

Kylie Donovan Kylie Donovan 9:02 pm 29 Oct 19

Can’t wait to try at the Chapman primary school fete this Sunday!

Nathan McDonald Nathan McDonald 8:47 pm 29 Oct 19

Can honestly say Alex makes some of the best pizzas I have ever eaten.... And I have eaten a few in my time.

10/10 would recommend!!!!!!

Kerryn Welch Kerryn Welch 8:40 pm 29 Oct 19

Renelle Forster for your work xmas party

Alan Myburgh Alan Myburgh 8:39 pm 29 Oct 19

... and some of the best pizza you’ll ever eat... a more passionate pizzaiola is yet to be found Alex

    Alex Nocera Alex Nocera 8:57 pm 29 Oct 19

    Alan Myburgh thanks Allan you are a great chef and inspirational

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