Pizzerias & Pizzaioli

Time capsule: Frankie's Pizzeria

After young Frank Pasquarella and his wife, Noreen, visited Miami on their honeymoon, they fell in love with the city and decided to relocate from Ohio and open a pizzeria. On Valentine’s Day in 1955, Frankie’s Pizza opened in southwest Miami; two years later, it moved to its current spot, a building on Bird … More

Pizzerias & Pizzaioli

Moose's Pub and Pizzeria

Most pizzeria operators have to work through certain obstacles—a less than ideal location, uninspired employees or excessive competition. But Dan Fiacco, manager of Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria in Anchorage, Alaska, has a unique business hindrance: the state’s notorious dark winters. From November until March, the sun doesn’t come up until about 10 a.m. and promptly sets … More

Pizzerias & Pizzaioli

American Pie Pizza Company

In 2002, two former smoothie-chain franchise owners came together with one common goal: to open a quick-casual restaurant that would offer the highest-quality food representing the greatest cities in America—New York pizza, Memphis pulled pork, Philly cheesesteak and more. Corey Balzer and Geoff Gaskin took this unique business strategy, teamed it with great music, and … More

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Time capsule: Pizzeria Uno

When people think of Chicago, they undoubtedly think of deep-dish pizza: layers of toppings piled high and baked into a bucket of crust that customers need a knife and fork to dig into. The source of this often imitated (and, some would say, never duplicated) style? Pizzeria Uno, which opened its doors in 1943 … More

Pizzerias & Pizzaioli

Slice of the city: touring the pizza capital

With PMQ’s New York Pizza Show right around the corner on March 9 to 11, New York was the obvious choice for our first Slice of the City, a new department that explores pizzerias across the country. Our goal was to hit all five of New York’s boroughs in one day, visiting … More

Business & Marketing

Nat's: New York Pizza in Vancouver

Many pizzaiolos pride themselves in their product. This is no exception for the Canadian pizzeria, Nat’s New York Pizzeria, in Vancouver, B.C. Nat’s has been the recipient of more than 10 honorable awards and opportunities unusual to most pizzerias, including a cover story from the 1999 Teen People Magazine, which … More

Business & Marketing

Big Pizza

In recent years, new scenery can be seen on the streets in Beijing city…huge orange Big Pizza signs. These orange signs have added a very bright color to the beautiful night of the city; and the feeling of the endless enthusiasm for the people of Beijing, especially when the blinds … More

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Amadeus Pizza: Grand on the island

Taking over an existing pizzeria has built in advantages – and disadvantages – and making an existing place your own can be quite a challenge. If the existing operation was a success, then the new owner may want to only consider minimal changes. If the store was struggling, the new … More

Business & Marketing

Cascarino's

In the crowded world of New York pizza, making a name for yourself is such a challenge that it led Rob Cascarino to serve his pizza on a diamond – a baseball diamond. “Cascarino’s is the official pizza of the New York Mets,” this Queens, N.Y. native says proudly. “After … More

Business & Marketing

An EXTREME PIZZA concept

To have an Extremely successful restaurant you need Extremely good employees, products and ideas and an owner with an Extreme vision. This is exactly what Todd Parent, owner of the Extreme Pizza company in San Francisco, California, had in mind when he opened his first location in 1994. His concept … More

Pizzerias & Pizzaioli

Getting and paying attention to customers

When we profiled the father and four sons of Flyers Pizza in the Spring '99 issue of PMQ we hadn't realized that we were only scratching the surface of a goldmine of pizza business ideas. Between the five members of the Ulrey family, someone is always coming up with a … More