Daniele D'Auria Is the 2019 Canary Islands Champion

The secondNational Absolute Pizza Championship of the Canary Islands hascrowned this year's winner,DanieleD'Auria.

The competition took place May 24during the 6th Gastronomy Expo of the Canary Islands. Twelvepizza makers participated in the event who hadbeen preselected insemifinal rounds. Semifinals took place in Las Palmas and Tenerife earlier this year and whittled down 61 competitors to the 12 finalists.

D'Auria competed representing the pizzeria where he now worksCiao Totó. D'Auria is originally from Italy but has spent a little over a year continuing to develop his pizza career in Tenerife. He says he moved to the islandbecause he wanted to experience something far away from home. As the winner of the Canary Islands competition, he now has the honor of representing the Islands at the World Pizza Championship in Parma.

Pictured above: Daniele D'Auria and one of his pizzas at Pizzeria Trattoria Ciao Totó.
Photo credit: Daniele D'Auria

D’Auria’s pizza was as Italian as he is,topped with pesto Genovese, Fior di latte mozzarella, yellow and red grape tomatoes grown at Vesuvius, Parmigiano Reggiano, pine nuts, basil and extra virgin olive oil. the experience of winning was “beautiful and moving,” says D'Auria.

“I have wanted to compete in a world championship since Iwas a kid and to be able to go there after a victory is even more satisfying. It will be an honor and pleasure to represent the Canary Islands. I hope to do it in the best way possible,” says D’Auria.

The Championship was organized and made possible the Italian food distributor La Comit, IF&B, ABIC (Italian-Canarian Benefit Association) also with the help of 5 Stagioni respresentatives Antonia Ricciardi and Stefano Kossignani.