Get your pizzas while they’re hot

Friday August 03, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Sabrina and Adam Connelly (centre) with their happy helpers Jonelle Trego (left) and Juliana Tekoronga are serving up some 80 pizzas a night to their hungry Muri market customers. 18080201 Sabrina and Adam Connelly (centre) with their happy helpers Jonelle Trego (left) and Juliana Tekoronga are serving up some 80 pizzas a night to their hungry Muri market customers. 18080201

This week’s market story comes from the Muri night markets, where we paid a visit to the ‘Adam’s Pizza’ stall, run by Sabrina and Adam Connelly.

 

Sabrina is a returning Cook Islander and she and her husband Adam, along with their three young children, moved to Rarotonga from the Gold Coast in Australia last December.

They’re the newest vendors to have set up shop at the Muri night markets, having opened their Adam’s Pizza stall just two months ago now – and it seems like business is booming.

“We’ve been flat out since we started,” said Sabrina. “And we’ve been basically nearly selling out nearly every night.”

That’s an average of some 80 pizzas a night she says – with maybe a little less on Tuesdays and a little more on Sunday nights.

Adam’s Pizzas are cooked in a traditional wood-fired pizza oven and come in cheese, pepperoni, BBQ chicken or margherita varieties. You also get a free one-litre Vaiora drink with every pizza sold.

From what their customers are saying, it sounds like the secret to success for Adam’s Pizza lies in their handmade pizza dough – and may also have a little something to do with their secret sauce as well.

“A lot of the feedback that people have given me so far is that they really like the base,” says Sabrina. “It’s the base that has them come back – how soft it is, and they like that it’s not too thick and not too thin. They like the sauce as well.

“People are like, ‘What’s in your sauce?’ And I’m like, I can’t tell you that, it’s a secret!” she laughs.

Asked why they decided to go into business making and selling pizzas, Sabrina laughs again.

“One, because I love pizza! Two, because my children love pizza!

“But yeah, that’s the only reason – it’s because we enjoy eating pizza and we just thought we’d give it a go here.”

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