Author Archives: Tony Gemignani

Tony Gemignani talks secrets to great pesto

Tony Gemignani talks secrets to great pesto

Q: Can you tell me how to make a great pesto? A: I sure can! Pesto is traditionally a sauce made from fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil, grated cheese and garlic that have been ground together in a mortar and pestle. Here at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana we stick to tradition in that we alwaysMore »

Respecting the Craft: Everyone’s a Critic

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Being critiqued is difficult for any restaurant owner. And it’s not just newspaper and magazine critics anymore. These days there are so many critics or “want to be” critics out there when you take Bloggers, Yelp, Tripadvisor, etc. into account. It can be tough, especially when you go into a new market where you haveMore »

Respecting the Craft: Lean and Mean

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I had to make an executive decision. I realized at the 11th hour that my kitchen at Tony’s of North Beach in the Graton Casino would not be able to handle the original menu I planned for it prior to opening. Simply put, we would not be able to execute it perfectly due to aMore »

Respecting the Craft: Opening Day

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Three restaurants opening within 10 days — How am I going to do it? I am literally 10 days away from opening two new restaurants in Northern California at a casino called Graton. This is one of the biggest tribal casinos in the U.S. and we were selected to be there. There we will beMore »

Respecting the Craft: Know your demographic

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When I opened Pizza Rock II in Las Vegas, I tailored the menu very much like I did in the first store in Sacramento. However, I did add a few new styles. You see, I have a restaurant in San Francisco where my Neapolitan line is the busiest and my Margherita pizza is the mostMore »

Respecting the Craft: Down and out in Las Vegas

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Honestly, I have never been a fan of a certain nationally known food distributor. Early in my career I disliked their approach and practices when it came to their reps. Over the last 23 years I have always bought from independent Italian distributors. And I still do. Opening a new restaurant and going into aMore »

Respecting the Craft: Delayed Start

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How social media prevented us from opening for two weeks Like most new restaurants, the opening of our Pizza Rock II in Las Vegas had to be delayed beyond our initially planned opening date. As we scrambled to get our final inspections passed, we realized something scary: we needed to open ASAP. Every day thatMore »