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

Extra Virgin Oven (EVO), Charleston, SC

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 »

Steel City Pizza Company brings a bit of the Keystone state to the Low Country

Steel City Pizza Co. Co-owners Mark Gray and Adam Carb

Adam Carb, Mark Gray and Tony Arcuri take great pride in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — so much so that their pizzeria concept is centered on their adoration of its blue-collar roots and its neighborhood pizzerias. Backed by an investment group, the partners opened Steel City Pizza Company in the Mt. Pleasant area ofMore »

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 »

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 / 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: 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 »