World's No. 1 Pizza Team Announced in Salsomaggiore, Italy

""Salsomaggiore, Italy (April 13, 2011) – The U.S. Pizza Team walked away victorious from the 20th World Championship of Pizza and 2nd Olimpizza in Salsomaggiore, Italy, today as they were presented with the coveted trophy for Team Freestyle Acrobatics, making the U.S. Pizza Team the No. 1 Pizza Team in the world.

Team members are listed below along with all of the events they entered:

 

Dave Smith, II, Smith’s Pizza Palace Plus, Emporium, PA

–       Pizza Teglia (pan pizza)

–       Pizza a Due (pizza for two)

–       Pizza Celiachia (gluten-free pizza)

–       Heinz Beck Trophy

–       Fastest Pizza

–       Largest Pizza

–       Team Freestyle Acrobatics

 

Giorgio Giove, Brothers Pizza, Staten Island, NY

–       Pizza Napolitana (Neapolitan pizza)

–       Pizza Teglia (pan pizza)

–       Pizza Classica (classic pizza)

–       Individual/Team Freestyle Acrobatics (advanced to the semifinals)

 

Tom Carfrae, Tomaso’s Pizza, Cedar Rapids, IA

–       Pizza Teglia (pan pizza)

 

Mike Amheiser, Pizza Dock, Fredericktown, OH

–       Pizza Teglia (pan pizza)

–       Pizza Classica (classic pizza)

 

Wilhelm Rodriguez, Papa’s Pizza, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

–       Largest Pizza

–       Individual/Team Freestyle Acrobatics

 

Emilio Martos del Arbol, L’ Albero, Malaga, Spain

–       Individual/Team Freestyle Acrobatics

 

Eric Ross, Empire Pizza Pub, Tuscon, AZ

–       Individual/Team Freestyle Acrobatics

 

Jamie Culliton, Grimaldi’s, Fort Myers, FL

–       Individual/Team Freestyle Acrobatics

 

Scott Childers, Tampa, FL

–       Team Freestyle Acrobatics

Additional team members who participated in the team acrobatics performance included Chris Green, Caroline Felker and Missy Green from Oxford, MS

U.S. Pizza Team coach Dave Smith, II; team coordinator Holly Henning; PMQ publisher Steve Green; co-publisher Linda Green and PMQ editor-in-chief Liz Barrett were all in attendance to cheer on the team and motivate them toward a victory.

The team’s travel to Italy for competition was made possible with the help of U.S. Pizza Team sponsors: Pizzaware, Gordon Food Service, California Milk Advisory Board, Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Pizza.com, La Nova, Tom Sawyer Gluten Free Products, Pizza Packet, Cheney Brothers, Liguria, Burn Cream MD, Fontanini Italian Meats and Sausages, Univex, Vin DiVino, Bag Solutions, Marsal & Sons, DeIorio’s and Ruxter. 

For more information, photos and/or video footage of individual team members and/or the entire U.S. Pizza Team, visit USPizzaTeam.com and PizzaTV.com, or contact Holly Henning at holly@uspizzateam.com or (662) 234-5481, ext. 129.