When pizza legends John Arena, Chris Decker and Tony Gemignani collaborate on a National Pizza Month promotion, you can bet it’s gonna be good—and for a good cause, too.
Robert Garvey, owner of Robert’s Pizza in Chicago, brought the trio of heavy hitters together to raise funds for a pair of nonprofits during October. They came through with two artisanal pies— the Acorn Squash Pizza from Arena and Decker of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas and the Cal Italia Pizza from Gemignani, owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco and numerous other restaurants.
Arena and Decker conspired with Garvey to create the fall-themed Acorn Squash pizza, topped with roasted acorn squash, fennel sausage, fresh mozzarella, burrata, roasted walnuts, chives, thyme, black salt, fennel pollen, honey, Calabrian oil and shaved grana prado on Garvey’s pizza crust. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the Acorn Squash pie will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Gemignani’s Cal Italia Pizza features Asiago, mozzarella, Gorgonzola, fig jam, prosciutto di Parma, a balsamic reduction and shaved Parmigiano on Garvey’s pizza crust. The pizza won the Gold Medal in the Food Network’s Pizza Champion Challenge in 2006. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the Cal Italia will benefit the Family House of San Francisco.
Both pizzas sell for $25 each and are available for dine-in, takeout and delivery through October 31.
Click here to see the recipe for Gemignani’s Cal Italia Pizza.