July 24, 2013 2 min to read
Tony Gemignani Interview at Pizza Expo
Tony Gemignani, always has something going on. I got a chance to chat with him recently.
We talked all about pizza….
Tony discusses his latest concept for pizza called Capo’s. This is a Chicago styled pizzaeria based on the prohibition era.
They specialize in deep dish Chicago pizza and have a whiskey bar as well as many different Chicago style Italian dishes.Tony explains when you look at the pizza industry, Chicago is making a new wave.
Tony’s got a new book coming out next year. He’s opening two new restaurants, one in California and one in Las Vegas.
Both restaurants will be opening at the end of the year. He’s also doing something pizza related for Hollywood.
Yeah you heard that right, Hollywood!
This guys got a lot on his plate! How does he have time for all of these projects. How does he do it, I just had to know.
“I barely sleep, I just love it”, he stated sheepishly. “I always thought the independent operator could make a statement in this industry, and we are…”
I wanted to know if he still keeps making pizza. I mean how does he have time for all of his projects and still be a hands-on pizza operator.
“When you come to Tony’s (Tony’s Pizza Napoleletana) you’ll see me behind the line. There are a few things we introduced to Tony’s. I think I said a few years ago Detroit was going to make a big impact. I brought that to the Tony’s menu, Detroit style, about a year and a half ago. That style is one of the hottest styles on the Expo floor.A few years ago it didn’t exist.
Last year a guy won best pizza in the world. Now everyone is talking Detroit.So we’ve introduced a couple of styles: St. Louis and Detroit. Places that most people don’t think existwhen it comes to pizza, but, if you do it right, it can be pretty awesome.
So we launched that about a year and a half ago.
That’s been a big part of the program at Tony’s because we have every style.
It’s crazy to go to Tony’s now and get 11 styles of pizza…”
Here’s a video interview. I recorded of Tony at Pizza Expo. Tony was very honest and forthcoming in his responses.
Tony was a super star at Expo. Everyone wanted to speak with him. I was very appreciative that he was able to
spend some time with me….
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
No Reservations. No Exceptions.
The philosophy at Tony’s:
A small pizzeria in Naples, Italy is the inspiration behind Tony Gemignani’s story for Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. A fulfillment in his ever growing passion for pizza drew him to self content when he first tried an authentic Neapolitan pizza. Since then he was determined to learn this art of pizza making and one day open a restaurant like no other.
You can listen to Tony’s Interview (and download it if you wish) below:
Tony’s book Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza is available right here…