800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria received AVPN certification

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) – Anthony Carron and partners’ 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria was recently awarded with the title of “true Neapolitan pizza” by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana for their Westwood To-Go location.

The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana is a non-profit organization founded in Naples, Italy in 1984, with the “mission to promote and protect” the Neapolitan pizza craft “in Italy and worldwide.” Highly lauded throughout the pizza community, the certification requires the pizzerias to adhere a number of quality standards, including using Italian ‘00’ flour, extra virgin olive oil and fresh mozzarella, along with strict regulations regarding preparation and cooking.

All brand locations are inspected and evaluated by the AVPN on an individual level, with the additional specification that each pizza be prepared independently, as opposed to on an assembly line. While all 800 Degrees Pizzas are prepared with the same ingredients and cooking method, the nature of one-by-one preparation at 800 Degrees Pizza’s Westwood To-Go location made it the perfect candidate for the brand’s inaugural certification. There are currently less than 500 AVPN certified pizzerias in the world, and fewer than 75 in the United States.

“This is something we’ve been striving for since the beginning,” said Anthony Carron, chef and founder of 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. “It’s always been of the utmost importance to me that we represent the tradition of the true Neapolitan pizza, and we are honored to be presented with the Certification.”

800 Degrees recently opened locations in Santa Monica, Las Vegas and at the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX. Upcoming locations also include Pasadena, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Playa del Rey and the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas. The 800 Degrees team is also scouting additional locations in New York and Chicago.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria serves build-your-own personal pizzas prepared to each guest’s liking and baked in around a minute in an 800-degree wood-burning oven, right before their eyes.  After opening its Westwood Village location in January 2012 to rave reviews, 800 Degrees has been turning out, on average, 800-1,200 pizzas per day, serving 300,000 pizzas in its first year.

800 Degrees was created by Chef Anthony Carron, in partnership with Umami Restaurant Group and Allen Ravert.  For more information on 800 Degrees, visit www.800degreespizza.com. 

About Anthony Carron
A St. Louis native, Anthony Carron spent four years at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN before following his true calling in the gastronomic world.  In 1998 Carron took a position as a prep cook in a local café. Inspired by the experience, he returned to St. Louis in 1999 and purchased and reinvented the 40 year-old Olivette Diner to much success and local acclaim.  He later moved into fine dining with positions with the PB&J Restaurant Group leading him to San Francisco and ultimately a sous chef position at Aqua. In 2004, Carron was made the Chef de Cuisine to open Restaurant Michael Mina at the Westin St. Francis. Carron’s talents led to a promotion as Corporate Executive Chef, where he opened 12 new restaurants with Mina. Carron’s other interests include volunteerism, sustainable food production, nature and the environment.  In 1994 he was awarded the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award for the St. Louis Area. In January 2012, Anthony opened 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Los Angeles, a concept that he created and co-developed.

About Allen Ravert
Allen Ravert is a Los Angeles restaurateur with over twenty-nine years of restaurant management experience, including seventeen years as creator and co-owner of Studio City, CA mainstay Mexicali Cocina & Cantina. Allen began his management career opening the very first Hard Rock Café in the United States. He then moved on to help other burgeoning franchises like The Cheesecake Factory and Hamburger Hamlet open some of their most successful and promising locations. Before opening his own restaurant he was the director of operations for Marix Tex Mex restaurant group with annual revenues of over $10 million dollars. Allen is currently the co-owner of Umami Burger Valli, part of the Umami Restaurant Group. He designed and built the latest location next door to Mexicali; its unique flair has become a huge hit with the valley patrons. More recently, Allen assisted in founding and developing 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, to critical acclaim. He is currently helping to grow the Umami Burger and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria brands. Allen also has over fifteen years as a property manager, managing twenty different residential and commercial entities, including the Studio City Shopping Center where Mexicali and Umami Burger Valli are located.

About Umami Restaurant Group
Founded by Adam Fleischman in Los Angeles in 2009, Umami Burger was named GQ’s Burger of the Year in 2010. Currently, there are more than twenty locations open in California, New York and Florida, with additional locations planned across the country. Umami Burger is a wholly owned subsidiary of Umami Restaurant Group, which also co-owns 800 Degrees Pizza. For more information on Umami Burger or Umami Restaurant Group, please visit umami.com.