The PMQ staff hits trade shows and pizzerias in the great American west.

PMQ staff members partied at the Nightclub & Bar Show, blew a KISS to Rock & Brews and feasted on delicious pizza at Cane Rosso.




Members of the PMQ Think Tank gathered for a special networking event held at the Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas this year.

Daniel Perea

 

The Nightclub & Bar Show | Las Vegas

PMQ’s Think Tank Reunion drew pizzeria operators from around the country for a networking event held at the Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas. The private gathering featured musical entertainment from PMQ staff members Daniel Lee Perea, a.k.a. El Bebop Kid, and Brian Hernandez. The musical pair performed Brian’s pizza-themed parody song, “The Cover of the PMQ,” a humorous celebration of America’s pizzaioli and a certain magazine of which we’re all very fond.

 

Rock & Brews | Albuquerque, New Mexico

When you wanna rock and roll all night, Rock & Brews is the place to be in Albuquerque. PMQ’s Daniel Lee Perea and Brian Hernandez paid a visit to the brewpub, co-owned by KISS legends Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, and spent a little time on the pet-friendly patio. Brian described the food as “first-class” and noted that Rock & Brews even has a menu for dogs, including a nonalcoholic beer called the Bowser brew.

 

 

Cane Rosso | Fairview, Texas

Although it’s not on the menu at Cane Rosso, Lee Hunzinger’s Meat Stromboli is legendary at PMQ.

Continuing their travels through the American West, Daniel and Brian galloped into Fairview for a video chat and photo shoot with one of our favorite pizza chefs, Lee Hunzinger of Cane Rosso. Lee, who will be the subject of a feature article in an upcoming issue of PMQ, worked his magic for several years at Cane Rosso’s sister restaurant, Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern, until it recently closed its doors due to structural issues with the building; a new location is slated to open later this year. Meanwhile, in addition to the Fairview store, Cane Rosso operates restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth and Carrollton, and has been singled out by D Magazine for serving the “best pizza in Dallas” for five straight years.

 

Simone Roos Qvist won last year’s Pizza-SM pizza making competition with a sourdough-crust Bianca pizza.

Pizza-SM 2016, Stockholm

It’s hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it: Missy Assink, PMQ’s international correspondent, will judge Pizza-SM 2016, a national Swedish pizza making competition, at GastroNord & Vinordic in Stockholm on April 26 through 29. Missy will also perform a dough spinning routine for the crowd. In addition to the culinary contest, Pizza-SM features a dough spinning competition to choose Sweden’s best pizza acrobat. Last year’s culinary winner, Simone Roos Qvist, hailed from Vezzo Bar & Ristorante in Umeå, Sweden. Qvist’s winning pizza, the Bianca, featured a sourdough crust, svartkål, spinach, prosciutto, garlic chips and balsamic. Held every two years at the Stockholmsmassan, GastroNord and Vinordic are the largest trade shows for the food and beverage industry in northern Europe.

 

Located in a Modena warehouse, this vat of balsamic vinegar, the largest in the world, even has a name: Hercules.

World Pizza Championship | Parma, Italy

Have you ever dreamed of swimming in a gigantic vat of balsamic vinegar? Technically, it’s possible, although the folks at Modena Fine Foods would discourage it. They’ve got the world’s largest barrels of balsamic vinegar (with a capacity of more than 71,000 gallons) at their Acetum balsamic production facility in Modena, Italy. And members of PMQ’s U.S. Pizza Team will behold them in all their glory during their trip to Parma in May for the World Pizza Championship. Often described as the Olympics of pizza, the World Pizza Championship brings together pizza makers and pizza acrobats from across the globe for culinary and dough spinning contests. When they’re not competing to make championship-level pizzas, USPT members will also enjoy a castle dinner at Castello Torechiarra and spend an afternoon in Venice.

 

Edit Module

Tell us what you think at or email.

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Video marketing: With Facebook reporting 8 billion video views a day, the time has come for your pizzeria’s close-up!

Want to sell more pizza? Make a video and share it with your customers and social media fans.

Seizing the upside of a downturn, part 3: Saying yes to special requests and negotiating better deals

High-quality pizza won’t always carry you in an economic downturn. It’s more about listening to and taking care of your customers.

Adding a drive-thru service can turn a small carryout shop into a pint-sized powerhouse

Drive-thru pizza has its share of logistical challenges, but it’s a proven winner with today’s on-the-go customers.

A clean slate: A chain in California overhauls its menu with healthier ingredients for 2017

Woodstock’s Pizza switches to organic cheeses, vegetables and fruit toppings and nitrate-free meats.

Dreaming of a white pizza: Are you ready to start thinking outside of the red-sauce box?

Pizza industry leaders explain how to cash in on a white-hot culinary trend.

Keep on truckin’: Successful mobile unit owners dish about the secrets of their free-wheeling success.

Food trucks raked in $1.2 billion in 2015. Three top operators detail how they’ve claimed their slice of all that dough.

Hospitality Mints: The small gesture that makes a huge difference

Studies show that wait staff tips can rise up to 20% when guests are given a complimentary mint at the end of the meal.

Recipe of the Month: Arugula and Spicy Sausage Cavatappi

Escalon presents a mouthwatering pasta recipe featuring hot Italian sausage, arugula, Spanish onion and cavatappi pasta.

Make a more durable take-and-bake pizza with Tom Lehmann's tips

The Dough Doc details how to develop a pie that’s consumer-proof and able to withstand some serious abuse and neglect.

The Pizza Tong: Hands Off That Pizza!

The Pizza Tong acts as both a spatula and a pair of tongs in a single utensil, ideal for taking hot pies out of the oven without slippage.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags