What’s The Best Part About Running A Pizza Shop?

Meet 25 pizzeria owners from around the United States. The International Pizza Expo is full of them. These people are awesome and incredibly hard working. Running a pizza shop isn’t easy, but these people do it for good reason!

1.

Rob, Hearth Pizza Tavern
Cumming, Georgia

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“I believe pizzeria owners have a different passion than other restauranteurs. We have the satisfaction of representing a product that is beloved by the entire world. Being a part of that brings me the biggest joy. It’s almost a type of a fantasy job, I love being part of it.”

2.

Salvatore, Salvatore’s Pizzeria
Webster, New York

Its been a family business since 1978.

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“I love training young people and seeing them succeed later on in life. I’ve had many employees that have grown up to be doctors and lawyers. I always say, if you can survive a Saturday night at a pizzeria, then you can survive anything.”

3.

Carrie, Naples Pizza
Naples, Florida

Carrie’s husband and her bought the business in 2006.

What’s her favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Customer satisfaction and feedback. It feels good when they tell you how great everything is.”

4.

Sabbatino, Bambini’s Pizza
North Las Vegas, Nevada

He’s owned a pizza shop since 1963. He moved to Vegas because he thought he was going to retire, but when he got here he decided to open a shop because he saw a place in the market.

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“It’s a lot of fun.”

5.

Bruce and Mori, Union Pizza Company
Manhattan, California

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“I took 2 years perfecting the perfect deep dish pizza at home and opened up my passion pizza place. The reaction my customers have when they eat my pizza makes it worth it.”

6.

Thomas, Angelo’s Pizza
Lakewood, Ohio

He says being a pizza shop owner pays off in the end. His first 20 years were incredibly hard, but the last 10 have been good.

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Being my own boss.”

7.

Scott (green shirt), Scott’s Subs and Pizzas
Iron River, Michigan

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“It’s fun. We have more fun than anyone. We’re opening up a shop in Green Bay closer to my family. My grandkids will know grandpas pizza shop and we’ll have even more fun.”

8.

Christian and Joseph, Derby’s Pizza
Bowling Green, Kentucky

What’s their favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Creativity. I love cultivating new menu items and not being tied down.”

9.

Louis, Prima Pizza and Pasta
Buffalo, New York

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“It’s a labor of love. I’ve been in business for so long, since 1981. It’s a good, steady business. I love meeting the people too.”

10.

Rex and Kim, Littleton, Pizza Cafe
Littleton, Colorado

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“I love the business. I’ve been trying ot get out of it for 18 years. I just can’t.”

11.

Cyrus, Pepi’s Pizza
Oneida, New York

Pepi’s pizza has been open in 1960. Cyrus is the 3rd generation to own the shop, he took it over in 2005.

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“It’s a lot of hard work. We love the challenge.”

12.

Barbara and Brian, B & B Pizzeria
Oak Hills, California

Barbara is the manager.

What’s her favorite part of owning a pizzeria?
“Being part of the community and giving back. It’s about sharing family recipes and having people love them.”

13.

Eva and Michael, Big Ragu’s Pizza
Garden Grove, California

What’s her favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Repeat customers. I like knowing the customers and learning what they like to eat.”

14.

Laura and Nick, Nicolo’s Italian Restaurant
Rancho Palos, California

They’ve been in the business for 19 and a half years.

What’s their favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

Nick says:
“Being my own boss. There are certain amount of Chiefs and Indians in this world. I’m a chief”

Laura says:
“I love my customers. They’re like my family. They’ve been through all my ups and downs with me.”

15.

Valerie and family, Capone’s Pizza
Riverside, California

What’s their favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Using our own recipes. We’ve been around for 23 years and we love seeing regular customers coming back. We can also be creative, there’s flexibility.”

16.

Salmon, Pizzanista
Los Angeles, California

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Eating pizza!”

17.

Matthew, $5 Pizza
Blaine, Minnesota

He’s opened 12 stores in 2.5 years, right around the time the economy got bad. His pizza uses the same ingredients as everyone else’s. He thinks $20 pizza is ridiculous. “It’s not about the flashy things.”

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Being involved with the community and helping school and churches. I don’t spend any money on advertising, it’s all word ouf mouth. I love talking with the customers and giving back.”

18.

Christian and Dana, Serino’s Pizza
Honolulu, Hawaii

What’s their favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Setting our own schedule all the time, and giving our kids a place to work.”

19.

Scott, Five Star Pizza
Naples, Florida

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“I’ve been doing it for 28 years. I wake up in the morning and I think about pizza.”

20.

Sid, Z Pizza
100 locations in 14 states

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Feeding people food that they love in a healthy way.”

21.

Giussepe and Christine, Joe’s Pizza
Wall, New Jersey

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“You work for yourself with your own ideas. You make what you think is good. I like when people come in and like the pizza because I invented it.”

22.

Dan and his son, DJ’s Pizza
Hudsonville, Michigan

Has owned the shop for 33 years.

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“I like the variety of things we make and interacting with the customers. I hate the hours.”

23.

Tammie and Gary, Rush St. Pizza
Chandler, Arizona

What’s their favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

Gary:
“Counting the money on a good Saturday night.”

Tammie:
“When a customer says, ‘That was the best pizza I ever had.’”

24.

Dimas and Edgardo, hundreds of pizzerias in Latin America

What’s their favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Profit! We’ve been oing this for 35 years.”

25.

Richard and his daughter, Richie’s Pizza
Deer Park, New York

What’s his favorite part of owning a pizzeria?

“Dealing with the customers. I love it. Working with my family. I love it.”

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