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California pizza chefs look to get world record for 7,000-foot pie

California pizza chefs look to get world record for 7,000-foot pie

More than 100 pizza makers will soon gather in California to attempt to make the world’s longest pizza.
PizzaOvens.com and commercial and industrial oven manufacturer Italforni USA plan to collect the master pizza chefs to prepare a 7,000-foot pie at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday…

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Mile-long pizza breaks Guinness world record, slices help feed homeless

Mile-long pizza breaks Guinness world record, slices help feed homeless

Troiano, owner of J.B. Alberto’s pizzeria in Chicago, said the idea to break the world record for the largest pizza derived from fellow pizzeria owners Tony Gemignani, Giulio Adriani and John Arena.
Gemignani, 43, owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, called Troiano and his son to assist in the pizza making on June 10 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California…

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Cirque du Pizza: The Art of Pizza Acrobatics

Cirque du Pizza: The Art of Pizza Acrobatics

When it comes to pizza dough tossing, there’s the classic pitch you’re probably picturing, and then there’s what Tony Gemignani does. The 12-time world pizza champion describes his particular art form as “what a Harlem Globetrotter does with a basketball”—only with pizza dough…

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San Francisco Pizza Master Perfects Deep Dish

San Francisco Pizza Master Perfects Deep Dish

This column previously visited Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, where we found nothing less than the best pizzeria in the entire USA. Now owner Tony Gemignani — the first American to win World Champion Pizza Maker at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy — is at it again with his newer Capo’s…

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People of the Bay Area: Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza

People of the Bay Area: Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza

Pizza is one of those foods that has inspired a cult-like following. There are Instagram accounts dedicated to it, T-Shirts regaling the cheesy pies, and countless memes celebrating pizza in all its glory. Surprising, yes, but pizza is one of those things that everyone loves, and yet it’s not that easy to find a perfect slice in San Francisco. Enter, Tony Gemignani. The 12-time World Pizza Champion (yes, that’s a thing) has been creating the best pies in San Francisco (and arguably the country) since 1991….

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California Slice Renaissance? Tony Gemignani Leads the Way

California Slice Renaissance? Tony Gemignani Leads the Way

What’s the state of San Francisco slice culture? What are the worst reheat sins a sliceria can commit? What’s the future of pizza? Tony Gemignani has become synonymous with great pizza in California since opening his first shop, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, in North Beach in 2009.

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10 Best Restaurants Of 2016

10 Best Restaurants Of 2016

I write on culinary topics for many prominent publications, and had a New York Times Bestselling food book come out this year, so eating out is always on my mind. As 2016 winds down, it is time for an annual reflection on my standout restaurant meals from the past 12 months. This is a tradition I started with my “10 Most Memorable Restaurant Meals of 2011,” and continued in every year since. There are still plenty of gems in those previous articles, and most, if not all, of the eateries covered are still very relevant to travelers.

This concludes my annual Year in Travel roundup, which earlier this week covered Aviation 2016, The Year in Flight and the 10 Best Hotels & Resorts of 2016.

One reason my lists are especially useful for travelers is because, unlike most publications, I don’t confuse “new” with good. If I ate someplace this year that I have already visited several times in the past time, that’s because the place is still great (like Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami or the Golden Steer in Vegas). If it opened this year but I loved it and think it has staying power, then it made this list. Also, my picks tend to be in actual travel destinations some of you will be visiting for business or vacation anyway, so unlike most food magazines, my choices are not all in Brooklyn (though one is, much to my own surprise). My favorites don’t have to be expensive or Michelin-starred to be great either, they just have to serve great food. Hype or trendiness doesn’t make a restaurant better or worse – what matters to me is the taste.

As the Great American Bites restaurant columnist for USAToday, the nation’s largest newspaper, I scour the country looking for the best regional and standout foods in every corner of the U.S. My other food media outlets take me all over the world, and as a result I spend a lot of time in restaurants. A rough calculus would suggest I eat out at least 250 times a year. Unfortunately, many of these meals are forgettable, or merely “fine.” The following are the coveted exceptions, my ten very best taste memories of 2016.

 

Pizza roundup: Slice House by Tony Gemignani and On Fire Pizza

Pizza roundup: Slice House by Tony Gemignani and On Fire Pizza

Twelve-time world pizza throwing champion Tony Gemignani is back in the East Bay, where his hand-tossed pie foray began. His Slice House is a little slice of pizza heaven smack in the middle of downtown Walnut Creek. Inside the cozy corner shop (next to Telerific Barcelona and Rooftop), daily by-the-slice offerings tempt you to order more than you know you should eat. But you do anyway, because the aroma of cheese-topped baked dough wafting through the air is irresistible.

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Three favorite pies for three years of Pizza Rock in Las Vegas

Three favorite pies for three years of Pizza Rock in Las Vegas

Pizza Rock is celebrating its third anniversary in Downtown Las Vegas this month. “It went so fast,” says chef, restaurateur, instructor and World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, who has opened a second location at Green Valley Ranch Resort and Little Tony’s at Palace Station since Pizza Rock’s debut at Downtown 3rd three delicious years ago. “It’s still getting busier, which is hard to believe.”

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