Tony Gemignani

Tony Gemignani is a San Francisco restaurateur and founder of the Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Capo’s and Pizza Rock brands, among others. He is a founding member of the World Pizza Champions and the International School of Pizza, a speaker and presenter at International Pizza Expo and travels around the world speaking about the craftsmanship of pizza.



pizza peel

November 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Pizza Peels, Part III

The final chapter of Tony’s discussion on pizza peels In the September issue, I began a discussion on pizza peels and how I use them in my pizzeria. I followed up last month by taking a look at a few different types of peels. This month I’ll complete the discussion by offering snapshots of a…Read More


October 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Peel Off

Part II of Tony’s discussion on pizza peels Last month, I began a discussion on peels and how I use them in my pizzeria. Let’s continue by taking a look at some different types of peels (I covered out peels and perforated in peels last month). • Epicurean peel or natural pressed composite peel: These…Read More


September 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Tools of the Trade

Which pizza peel is right for your pizzeria? First off, peels are often referred to as paddles. And based on their look, I get that. However, the reason they are called ‘peels’ is because they help you peel the pizzas off of the stones in your ovens or off your workstations and into your ovens….Read More


prosciutto and balsamic pizza

August 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Reduce to Seduce

A reduction can surprise guests by amplifying your pizza’s flavor profile Last month I talked about liquors, aperitifs and Amaros. I mentioned that this month I’d add digestives to the mix and then tell you how you can use all of these in a surprising way to improve your pizza. So let’s pick up where…Read More


old forge style pizza, old forge, pennsylvania

June 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Old Forge Style

Last month I told you about my introduction to the little-known “Old Forge” style of pizza that originated in Pennsylvania. After my first stop at a homey establishment that really tempted my taste buds, we headed to a pizzeria called Arcaro & Gennell. Let me tell you — this place was also really amazing. The…Read More


Tony Gemignani, Mary Lou, old forge, pizza style

April 30, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Old Forge

I was on an East Coast book tour and headed to Old Forge, Pennsylvania, with fellow pizzeria owner Scott Anthony. I told Scott that Old Forge was the pizza capital of the world and we were going! Old Forge has a rich history of Italian immigrants who settled there. They mined anthracite, which is coal…Read More


April 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Slump Buster

Creativity can help bring in new customers I received an e-mail from a pizzeria operator in Arkansas recently. He reached out and asked me a simple, but disturbing, question: do you ever lose your inspiration? This operator disclosed to me that business has “been in the dumps” and he didn’t know why. He’d been racking…Read More


Tony's Slice House, San Francisco, California

March 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Hated on Haight, Part II

Adapting to your environment pays dividends Last month I talked about our effort to succeed with a Tony’s Slice House on quirky Haight St. in San Francisco, where the clientele will either embrace you or quickly run you off. This month I’ll finish the two-part series. One of the most important components is that we…Read More


slice house san francisco

February 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Hated on Haight?

Opening a new restaurant in an iconic area can be tricky Here I was in a new remodel for a Slice House right on Haight Asbury in San Francisco. If you don’t know Haight Ashbury, it’s an iconic corner that became historic in the 60s (and it’s still very popular today). It’s where the hippie…Read More