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Extra Virgin Oven grows from farmers market pizza cart to million-dollar operation in Charleston, South Carolina

Extra Virgin Oven grows from farmers market pizza cart to million-dollar operation in Charleston, South Carolina

While working at a local, upscale Charleston, South Carolina restaurant, friends Ricky Hacker and Matt McIntosh had a vision. “We kicked around the idea of a wood-fired pizzeria and realized that we didn’t have the money to open a restaurant,” Hacker says. The partners pulled funds together to operate a mobile, wood-fired pizza cart. InMore »

The Top Five Independent Pizzerias are…

The Top Five Independent Pizzerias are…

Who stands out as the nation’s top independent pizzerias? Pizza Today presents a list of America’s leading independent pizzerias. The following pizzerias are among the top five: 1. Buddy’s Pizza — Detroit, MI This pizzeria started the Detroit-style — thick, square, sauce on top — pizza craze in 1946. Buddy’s has generated $20 million inMore »

Pizza Places That Rock & Pizza Industry Statistics in June 2013

PIZZA PLACES THAT ROCK & PIZZA INDUSTRY STATISTICS IN JUNE 2013

Papa Murphy’s International has more than 1,300 take-and-bake units. PizzaToday.com now has more than 4 years worth of archived content from the pages of the world’s largest pizza magazine! Virginia has 1,641 pizzerias. If you use active dry yeast in your dough recipe, it should always be hydrated in water that’s between 105-110 F.  More »

The Top Five Pizza Companies are…

The Top Five Pizza Companies are…

Who’s on top in the pizza industry? Each year, Pizza Today presents a list of America’s largest pizza chains. The following pizza companies stand out in the elite top five: 1. Pizza Hut — Plano, TX The leader produces $11.2 billion in annual sales with more than 13,700 stores in 90 countries. Pizza Hut firstMore »

Did You Know / Places That Rock

2013 May: Did You Know / Places That Rock

International Pizza Expo 2013 was another record-breaking year — and it once again closed with a $20,000 MEGABUCKS Giveaway. According to NBC News, 10 million pounds of frozen pizza and other snacks were recalled last month over fears the products may be contaminated with E. coli 0121. Minnesota has 1,435 pizzerias More than 4,200 peopleMore »

Il Pizzaiolo / Buckhead Pizza Co. Atlanta, GA

2013 May: IL PIZZAIOLO / BUCKHEAD PIZZA CO. ATLANTA, GA.

I love this business,” says Sean Kelly, co-owner of Buckhead Pizza Company in Atlanta, Georgia. “I love pizza…more, I love the dining experience.” Kelly and partner Sam Abdullah have engineered the Buckhead concept around the dining experience. “It’s a fine dining look at pizza,” says Kelly, whose background is fine dining, while Abdulla previously ownedMore »

Il Pizzaiolo / Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, GA

2013 May: IL PIZZAIOLO / ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA, ATL, GA.

Giovanni Di Palma, owner of Antico Pizza Napoletana in Atlanta, Georgia, has created the scenario many operators dream of. Most nights and weekends, a line of eager customers wrap around the parking lot and down the block. Most Saturdays, Di Palma says, Antico sells more than 1,000 Neapolitan pizzas. The high-volume shop near Georgia TechMore »

Il Pizzaiolo: Bella Monica

Bella Monica, Owners, Julie and Corbett Monica

In the literary world, the phrase “write what you know” rings true for many writers. That same principle can be applied in the restaurant industry –– and that’s what Corbett and Julie Monica have done in their 2,770-square-foot trattoria-style restaurant, Bella Monica, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Corbett, whose grandparents owned a restaurant in New Jersey,More »

2013 March: International Pizza Challenge

2013 March: International Pizza Challenge

Traditional Division Northeast: Bruno DiFabio Northwest: Thiago Vasconcelos Southeast: Jane Mines Southwest: Michael Stevens Mid-America: Javier Valdez International: Danilo Lupo Wild Card: Leah Scutto Canada: Rick Nixon   Category Winner: Thiago Vasconcelos   Non-Traditional Division Northeast: Doug Ferriman Northwest: Tim Hoffman Southwest: Joleen Piser Southeast: Michael LaMarca Mid-America: Melissa Rickman International: Floriana Pastore Wild Card:More »