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Hakki Akdeniz was homeless for three months before he got a job in the pizza business and eventually opened his own shop, Champion Pizza in New York. Now he’s creating pizzas made of gold. Called the Trump Pizza, it’s laden with 23-karat edible gold leaf, special-reserve Russian caviar, shaved white truffles and seven high-end cheeses—we’re talking Testun al Barolo here, folks. It sells for $5,000 and $10,000, depending on quantity of toppings, but Akdeniz isn’t being a show-off: All profits go to the Bowery Mission that sheltered him when he was homeless.

Read more about the “golden pie”—and Akdeniz’s touching story—at


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Quick-Bake Ovens

Fast-casual pizza chains are gobbling up market share by offering customizable masterpieces that bake in just a couple of minutes or less. And a lot of the segment’s success can be credited to quick-bake ovens. These hot-burning ovens create an altogether new experience that puts the customer in charge—and help pizzerias better compete against chains like Chipotle for lunchtime business.

See what three up-and-coming operators have to say about quick-bake ovens at


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The Square Beyond Compare: 8 Facts About Detroit-Style Pizza

Gus Guerra, owner of Buddy’s Rendezvous, invented it way back in the 1940s, but Detroit-style pizza has been called “America’s most overlooked pie.” Now it’s getting more respect, with boldly declaring it “much better” than Chicago’s deep-dish fare and “the deep-dish pizza to which all other so-called ‘deep-dish pizzas’ aspire.”

Get squared away on this pizza style at


After Bill Murray, This Pizza Is Second-Biggest “Star” at 21 Greenpoint

21 Greenpoint in Brooklyn already has its share of star power, thanks to co-owner Homer Murray’s brother—an actor by the name of Bill. But its newest star attraction is a pizza shaped like a star. Chef Sean Telo created the wood-fired stuffed-crust pie as part of an ongoing happy hour promotion and earned positive media coverage in The restaurant previously made headlines when Bill Murray tended bar during its opening weekend last September.

Read more and watch video of Murray mixing cocktails at

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