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 »

2013 March: World Pizza Games

2013 March: World Pizza Games

  One of the participants from the pizza tattoo contest. Freestyle Champion Eric Ross 8-year-old Michael Testa during his tossing exhibition. He was named to the World Pizza Champions following the performance. 2013 Master Champion Kazuya Akaogi. World Pizza Games Winners: Garrett Marlin – Largest Dough David Whisker – Triathlon Barry White – Fastest BoxMore »

Did You Know? / Places That Rock

2013 April: Did You Know? / Places That Rock

Did You Know? More than 10,000 pizza professionals gathered under one roof at last month’s International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas IBISWorld research suggests the pizza industry will grow at a rate of 3.4 percent in 2013 Kentucky has 942 pizzerias Hungry Howie’s Pizza, based in Michigan, has more than 550 stores in 20 states.More »

2013 March: Day 2 Pizza Expo Experience

2013 March: Day 2 Pizza Expo Experience

Day Two Keynote with Bill Jacobs, founder and owner of Piece Brewery & Pizza. I Heart Pizza. Pizza Triathlon at the World Pizza Games. A 64 inch pizza at the XLT Ovens booth. Michele D’Amelio, winner of the Italian Style Division at the International Pizza Challenge. Mark Evans and Jeff Palenske representing Pizzas4Patriots. ChrisMore »

2013 March: Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine kicks off the International Pizza Expo

2013 March: Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine kicks off the International Pizza Expo

Host of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” pulled double duty on day one as keynote speaker and chef in the demonstration area. A packed house ready for Robert Irvine’s keynote. Energetic opening with a couple of attendees. Robert instructing a gentleman how to slice tuna. Climbing into the crowd to take questions. Back To 2013 InternationalMore »

2009 November: To The Extreme

Todd Parent, Extreme Pizza

Todd Parent has a good thing going. As founder and CEO of Extreme Pizza, this San Francisco businessman has found a way to grow a concept in lean times. While his company has taken a hit during the recession, Extreme Pizza’s boomtime marketing efforts have paid off. Parent and his staff worked hard during theMore »

2009 November: Launched

Tony Gemignani, Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Tony Gemignani has already made quite a name for himself in the pizza industry. His dough-tossing prowess is well publicized, and his list of awards and honors seems to grow by the day. From cookbooks to children’s books, from leading the World Pizza Champions to teaching the art of pizza at his newly minted pizzaMore »

2009 October: Il Pizzaiolo: Westshore Pizza

Robert “Bob” Vasaturo

If you had to classify Tampa using one phrase, the term “melting pot” would certainly be accurate. That’s because the warm climate, sand and surf are a Mecca for retirees and Spring Breakers alike. That’s what brought Philadelphia native Robert “Bob” Vasaturo and his Philly-themed pizzeria to the area 15 years ago, and it wasMore »