Recent happenings in the Pizza world start with a four-generational story of a legendary New Haven pizzeria going mobile. Read about the Zupp's Truck feeding Connecticut's pizza craving. Oxford, Mississippi has its own pizza tradition as the home of PMQ Magazine and the site for the second annual Slice of American pizza competition/celebration. This year Mike LaMarca, owner of Master Pizza in Cleveland, wowed the crowd and the judges with his Orange Crush entry.
Another U.S. Pizza Team member, Peter Anderson of Gelosomo's Pizza in Crown Point, Indiana, was profiled in one of America's top newspapers, The Chicago Tribune. The Windy City pub described Anderson's inspiring rise from dishwasher to pizzaiolo. From gourmet pizza to late-night munchie madness, KFC has rolled out its fried chicken crust pizza called KFChizza. Some call it a weapon of nutritional destruction.
This analysis from Business Insider's India edition says the pizza industry is going through a bipolar phase with the KFC offering and hot dog-stuffed crust from Pizza Hut as Dr Jekyll and an exploding number of authentic up-scale Neapolitan joints as Mr Hyde. Back to breaking news, a Papa Murphy's employee in Corpus Christie, Texas, decided to take her smoke break in a different spot and ended up saving a young kidnapping victim.
Heading north–way north–the Food Channel's Pizza Masters has targeted a Juneau, Alaska pub as its northernmost outpost for kick-butt pizza. The just-passed minimum wage increase for fast-food workers in New York state to $15 has an indirect impact on pizzerias, like Mona Lisa Pizza, operated by U.S. Pizza team member Lenny Girodano. Finally, the FDA has delayed its menu labeling mandate on restaurants but the fine print still looks ominous for pizza makers who serve up slices that are squares instead of triangles.