This Week in Pizza, November 18

 

Two members of the Groupon U.S. Pizza Team earned high marks at the 10th annual Chinese Pizza Championship, held Nov. 9-15 at FHC China 2015 in Shanghai. Jane Mines, co-owner of Nima's Pizza in Gassville, Arkansas, took second place with a pizza featuring pepperoni and mushrooms rimmed around the caps with hickory-smoked sea salt. Dave Sommers, owner of two Mad Mushroom stores in West Lafayette, Indiana, earned third place with a pizza featuring a creamy Gorgonzola fondue sauce, roasted asparagus and pan-seared beef tenderloin. Other competing Groupon USPT members were Michael LaMarca, owner of the Master Pizza chain in Ohio, and Rick Mines, Jane’s husband and co-owner of Nima’s Pizza. The event attracted pizzaioli from all over China and around the world. This was the first time the Groupon U.S. Pizza Team was invited to compete at FHC China, the nation’s largest food and beverage event.

Read more about the Americans’ pizza adventures in China at PMQ.com.

 
 

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Behind the Pizza Peel: Dennis Sheil

Dennis Sheil, owner of Pizza Factory in Rio Vista, California, says that maintaining a light-hearted atmosphere—complete with jokes and pranks—for customers and employees alike is one of the keys to running a successful pizzeria.

Learn more about Sheil’s business philosophy at The Pizza Insider.

 

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 Big Apple Pizza Culture Reviewed

The debate about who makes the best New York-style pizza is never-ending, but five New York pizza lovers describe the magic that makes old-school Big Apple pizza parlors special in their new book, The New York Pizza Project. NY1.com talked recently to two of the five authors, Corey Mintz and Tim Reitzes, about Luigi's Pizza on Fifth Avenue, one of more than 100 pizza joints covered in the book. Mintz said the book will help readers understand that pizza culture is "the heartbeat of the city." Luigi's, for example, has served the Park Slope neighborhood for 42 years.

Read more and watch a video about this exploration of New York pizza culture in PMQ.com.

 
 

Customer’s Choice is Mod Method in Michigan

What would you pay for pizza if you could pay whatever you want? According to The Oakland Press, the operators of a new Mod Pizza in Rochester Hills, Michigan, invited customers at their grand opening to support The Rochester Community Schools Foundation by purchasing pizza at any price they saw fit. "People can get whatever they want and pay whatever they want,” said James Hannan, vice president of operations for TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants, which franchised the location. The nonprofit foundation has raised more than $10 million for Rochester schools. The new Mod store is TEAM Schostak's third in the area and No. 84 in the Seattle-based Mod Pizza chain, which specializes in personalized pizzas made fast.

Read more about the Mod method of opening a pizzeria and helping schools in PMQ.com.

 
 

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