International Day of Italian Cuisines

Pasqualino Barbasso

Pasqualino Barbasso

Pasqualino Barbasso is a man with a mission: to make high quality Italian pizza and to do it in the most entertaining way. This 36 year old pizzaiolo is among the most skilful Masters of acrobatic pizza-making and is one of the most notorious. In the last ten years Pasqualino has travelled around the world offering his stunning performances to enhance the quality and the good taste of Italian pizza made according to the true Italian traditions. Pasqualino begun his career in his family´s Pizzeria: “Il Falco Azzuro”, in Cammarata, in the Sicilian province of Agrigento, where he still works when he´s not travelling. He underwent formal pizza making training only at a later stage, because “the profession of high quality Italian pizza making is something that one cannot learn only in an empirical way”, as he points out. In 1998 he won the Sicily’s Acrobatic Pizza championship. By 2001 he was World Champion, a title that he won in 2002 for a second time. Since then he has made dozens of appearances in Italian restaurants and pizzeria around the world.