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New Jersey is known for its great pizza (take that, New York!) so if you have some budding chefs in your family, take them to a pizza making party where they can get their hands on the best pizza they’ll ever make!

Carlo’s Gourmet Pizza in Marlboro offers a dining room for up to 30 guests where you can make your own pizza, almost from scratch. Chef Matt brings out handmade dough from a secret Carlo’s recipe and splits it so everyone has their own personal pizza shell, roughly 8-10 inches across.

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He dips the dough in a bit of flour and sets it down in front of you, ready for some kneading. Using a wave-like motion you press and stretch the dough to your desired size. One of our personal chefs (a 3-year-old) very seriously said, “Don’t worry Mommy, I’ll teach you” which shows how simple it is.

This class is geared toward kids so even the littlest fingers can get to work, but adults have just as much fun, too. It gets a tiny bit messy from the flour, but no aprons required!

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While you’re beginning to design your edible masterpiece, Chef Matt shows off his skills, tossing the dough in the air. Note to parents: don’t let your kids try this at home – or at the restaurant – unless you don’t mind flying dough.

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After the trained chef places your dough onto the baking board, it’s time to add marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella. Watch your sleeves for sauce! The kids grabbed for chunks of cheese while the adults designed their signature pies – one laid out the number 40 in cheese for her age, another tried to make an upside-down pie with a layer of cheese underneath the sauce.

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After everyone took photos of their pizza pre-cooking, Chef Matt brought the individual boards, which were labeled by number, to the oven. In about 10 minutes the pizzas were ready, and the kids loved peering over the counter to see their pies come out one by one. There’s nothing like the sound of a pizza cutter breaking through fresh crust!

Carlo’s offers straight cheese pizza for the class without extra toppings, but that wasn’t a concern since the pizza was hot, crusty and delicious.

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Since you can order anything else you want off their menu, we were a bit full by the time the pizza arrived, but that meant extra leftovers for the next day!

If you’re having a party, you can bring decorations and cake. It makes for a very festive and yummy occasion.

Carlo’s Gourmet Pizza is located at 326 Route 9 in Marlboro off of Union Hill Road. For the pizza making, prices start at $18 per person. Kids and adults of any age can participate. Call 732-536-6070 to inquire about availability of dates and times.