Spera started out selling sandwiches and sodas at Sam's Steak House before deciding to give pizza a try in the late 1950s.
Born in Tolve, Italy, pizzaiolo Mario Caputo and his family moved to Waterbury, Connecticut, when he was 11 years old, and he soon embarked on a life of entrepreneurship. When his sister, Evelina, and childhood friend Paola decided to find Caputo a wife, he surprised them both by asking Paola … More
Armando Pasetti, the longtime leader of St. Louis-based Volpi Foods, died on Christmas Eve at the age of 96, the company announced. Volpi Foods is a fourth-generation family-owned and operated producer of specialty cured meats. It was founded in 1902 by John Volpi, Pasetti’s uncle. Pasetti came to St. Louis … More
Jim Connolly, a Plano, Texas pizza legend with a pizzeria that bore his name, died from COVID-19 on December 5 at the age of 74. Connolly and his wife, Tina, moved to Plano in 1968 and opened Jim’s Pizza in McKinney, Texas, in 1969. It became a local culinary landmark, with … More
Tom “The Dough Doctor” Lehmann passed away on Saturday, December 12, after a lengthy battle with COVID-19. Recalling Tom’s life and unparalleled contributions to the pizza industry, a famous quote by Sir Isaac Newton springs to mind: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of … More
Shawn Randazzo, the award-winning Detroit-style pizza maker and owner of Detroit Style Pizza Company in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, has passed away from brain cancer. He was 44 years old. A GoFundMe campaign for Randazzo’s family has been set up here. Randazzo was a beloved evangelist for the Detroit style of … More
Herman Cain, a 2012 presidential candidate and the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza from 1986 to 1996, has died from the coronavirus at the age of 74. According to media reports, Cain was hospitalized earlier this month with COVID-19. “We knew when he was hospitalized … that this … More