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Forza Pizza in NIAF

The National Italian American Foundation exists to "serve as a resource for the Italian American Community; to preserve the Italian American heritage and culture; to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans; and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy". Some pretty awesome goals by a pretty prestigious national organization, so it was a tremendous honor to be featured in their latest issue of their Ambassador Magazine. If you want...

Major FORZA

Time to get deep, Forza Pizza peeps. You saw my recent posts and by now have heard about what happened at Gino @sorbillo’s pizzeria in Naples. While this was a truly devastating event, it is also a sign of major FORZA.This isn’t about pizza on a screen. It is about a real pizza community, how they are rallying behind Gino and his pizzeria, and how the term “FORZA” is playing a significant role. Simply browse the comments in his recent posts and you’ll see how special, meaningful, and encouraging...

Pizza Romana Panino

When you've been to a few pizza tradeshows, you start to learn which booths are can't miss. Like the Molino Polselli booth where Massimo Saieva, the lead instructor of the Roman Pizza Academy, is usually creating gorgeous, delicious, and inventive pizzas on the fly. Not only is the booth can't miss, but so are the crowds of people that form every 15 minutes when one of Massimo's pizzas al taglio emerges from the oven. While the below may or may not be pizza, it was a pleasure to watch Massi...

Pizza Things Happen, Enjoy Them

Every once in while you get a pizza with something unique – a folded slice, a rogue piece of basil, an teeny tiny corner piece, an oddly shaped slice, you know what I mean. Some of these surprises can be mistakes and some are just coincidence or human factors – good pizza isn’t made by robots so these things happen. Enjoy them.   Don’t get upset, plot your one star review, or call for the manager. Take a second to appreciate and maybe think about how or why you got lucky. Celebrate...

Remember that pizza taste-tester job everyone was posting? Well, I applied...

Remember a few weeks ago when that job application for a pizza taste-tester circulated the internet? It was for the backyard oven company, Ooni, and, well, I applied. Here's my one-minute application video below. We'll see what happens!Thanks to everyone who also encouraged me to apply. Hope to share some backyard pizzas with you soon! And if any of you know someone at Ooni, feel free to put in a good word!

Pizza Expo Swag

This past week I was in Atlantic City for the Pizza & Pasta Expo and Caputo Cup, and it was truly special seeing Forza Pizza swag scattered throughout the convention center. We'll get into the show details in upcoming posts, but first I just want to personally thank all those who were wearing our products. Hands down the best dressed pizza peeps in all of Atlantic City! Thank you all so much for sporting the best swag in pizza at one of the biggest events in pizza. Really appreciate it.Pictu...

Marinara Pizza from Sapori Napoletani - VIDEO

Sapori Napoletani is one of my neighborhood spots that I get to hit up pretty regularly. I'm not sure if that makes them one of my regulars, or if I am one of their regulars since they're the spot and I'm the person but, either way, I love when I go in there a little after hours and I can talk with Pizzai-owner (pizzaiolo + owner), Antonio Vitiello, and his wife, Ewelina, behind the pizza counter. We talk pizza trends, pizza people, pizzeria openings and closings, and anything else pizza as they...

La Pizza Cosacca - VIDEO

A few weeks ago I found myself at my haunt, Eataly Chicago, eating and talking pizza with Simone Iavarone, the head Pizzaiolo at Rossopomodoro inside Eataly. While we were talking, Simone mentioned Rossopomodoro was thinking about adding the Cosacca pizza to the menu. I heard of this pizza before and seen a couple pictures, but really had no idea what Cosacca meant or why this pizza was special enough to have a name. So I went home, did some research, and it turns out there is a great amoun...

Pizza Sticky Ickies

Seriously, how cool is it when you get a sticker? They make you feel all giddy and it's almost as cool as when you figure out the perfect place to stick it. I mean that's an important long-term decision! And not to get you stressed out, but we just dropped nine of them in the Forza Pizza Shop which means nine big decisions including the City Series 4-pack. Have a look:SHOP STICKERS! Each one is original art printed on high quality vinyl with a UV satin finish so it won't fade, cra...

Pacific Standard Time, you embarrassed me in front of my friends

It takes a good amount of courage to open up a Cali-cool restaurant called Pacific Standard Time in the heart of downtown Chicago. “Import” restaurants typically go coast-to-coast or hit up Miami or Vegas, and the ones that stop here typically don’t last. Even the hospitality master himself had a hard time. But PST isn’t actually a California import. It’s produced by some of the biggest names in Chicago dining and it’s scooping up best new restaurant awards and landing on all the hot l...
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