Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    No matter the size of your city, you can turn your pizzeria into a destination establishment. Melissa Rickman has done that in her town, and now she wants to show you how to do it in yours!...
    Speaker(s)
    Melissa Rickman
    Co-Owner and Operator
    Wholly Stromboli

    Melissa Rickman, co-founder in 2010 with her husband Eric of Wholly Stromboli Restaurant, has built a $1 million-plus sandwich and pizza restaurant in the small-town of Fort Lupton, CO. She has won awards at the International Pizza Challenge been listed on Denver’s A-List of restaurants and has been featured on...

      Beer enthusiasts will seek you out if you provide a worthy beer list they can’t get around the corner. Let Nick Bogacz of Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse in Pittsburgh show you how to build a winning lineup that will bring customers in....
      Speaker(s)
      Nick Bogacz
      Owner-Operator
      Caliente Pizza & Draft House

      Nick is the founder of Caliente Pizza & Draft House. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he opened his first location in 2012 in Pittsburgh and has grown to four current locations. Caliente has won numerous awards in the industry, including 2016’s first place in the...

        The constant revolving door of recruiting, hiring and training is both cumbersome and expensive. Retention is key. Mike Bausch of Andolini’s in Tulsa will show attendees proven techniques to keep top talent....
        Speaker(s)
        Mike Bausch
        Owner-Operator
        Andolini’s Pizzeria

        Mike Bausch moved from California to Oklahoma in 2005 to found Andolini’s Pizzeria at the age of 22. He has since transformed what began as a 1,500-square-foot pizzeria with 10 employees into a multi unit restaurant business with more than 300 employees. Andolini's currently has 7 highly profitable locations in...

          While technology is great and highly effective, sometimes it’s important to mix in some old-school marketing techniques. Scott Anthony has done so to great success, and he’s eager to show you how to pull it off in your neighborhood as well....
          Speaker(s)
          Scott Anthony
          Owner-Operator
          Punxsutawney Pizza

          Scott Anthony, a member of the World Pizza Champions, operates an award-winning pizzeria in Punxsutawney, PA. He is an author, speaker and consultant within the industry. His innovative marketing techniques over the last 23 years have gained him recognition as a marketing guru on a local and national basis....

            What’s the secret formula to restaurant profitability? Scott Sandler of Pizza Head in St. Louis says there may not be a magic bullet, but he’ll teach you how to look at cost of goods sold, payroll and other expenses so that you can plan to make the profit...
            Speaker(s)
            Scott Sandler
            Owner-Operator
            Pizza Head

            Scott Sandler opened Pizzeoli Wood Fired Pizza Napolitana in 2014 with a passion and no prior restaurant experience. In 2016, Pizzeoli was ranked in the 25 best restaurant in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2017 Scott sold Pizzeoli and opened his second place, Pizza Head, a New...


            Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

              One of the hottest industry topics right now is third-party delivery and how to deal with it. Operators coast to coast are getting crushed by the fees. Mike Shepherd has created a tool for operators to compare the cost of doing delivery on their own with their own cars, drivers... Read More
              Speaker(s)
              Michael Shepherd
              PerfectingPizza.com

              Michael Shepherd is a four-time World Pizza Champion, president of the pizza resource website perfectingpizza.com, and owner of Pizza Fixation Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza. Michael owned and operated three pizzerias in Northwest Ohio for 20 years, growing the small-town locations into a multi-million dollar company using nontraditional marketing methods, out-of-the-box thinking...

                Ready to take the next step and open a new store? Doug Ferriman has been there, done that. He lives it each day. In this workshop he’ll give attendees an inside glance at the nuts and bolts of opening a new store, from thought to finished product. Additional registration fee's for... Read More

                Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

                  Peter Reinhart has been searching for the perfect pizza his entire life. He writes about this search in his books and even has a TV show dedicated to it called "Pizza Quest," and his pizza classes around the country are hot ticket items. For Peter, it all begins with the crust,... Read More
                  Speaker(s)
                  Peter Reinhart
                  Chef and Baking Instructor
                  Johnson & Wales University

                  Peter Reinhart is the co-founder of PizzaQuest.com, a video website devoted to the never-ending search for the perfect pizza, as well as to the celebration of artisanship wherever it may be found. Peter is the author of 10 books on bread, pizza, and food culture, and he has consulted with...


                  Wednesday, September 25, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

                    Fresh pasta is inexpensive and easier to produce than you may think. Why not take the plunge and offer a product your competition simply isn’t willing to attempt? If you aren’t sure where to start, Gianni Vitale will set you on the right path!...
                    Speaker(s)
                    John Vitale
                    Café Anello

                    John Vitale, executive chef of the family owned Caffe Anello in Westwood, New Jersey believes that all great food begins with great ingredients and lots of love. John was raised New Jersey in an extended Italian family. "From Scratch" was a given in his home. The family cooked, baked,...

                      Consumers continue to demand gluten friendly products. Providing that option in your pizzeria may be the difference between winning and losing a dedicated customer base. Think a gluten-free pizza has to taste terrible? Think again — Giovanni Cesarno will prove you wrong....
                      Speaker(s)
                      Giovanni Cesarano
                      Owner
                      King Emberto Restaurant

                      Giovanni Cesarano is Owner of King Umberto pizza New York and 2018 Caputo Cup Champion. He has 20 years in the pizza business and is a 2nd generation owner of King Umberto, which opened in 1976....


                      Wednesday, September 25, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

                        Is it time to freshen up our pasta approach? Mike Bausch says it is. But you don’t have to completely scrap everything you know. Instead, let’s look to our favorite classics for inspiration and then give them a new, modern twist to keep things exciting and fresh!...
                        Speaker(s)
                        Mike Bausch
                        Owner-Operator
                        Andolini’s Pizzeria

                        Mike Bausch moved from California to Oklahoma in 2005 to found Andolini’s Pizzeria at the age of 22. He has since transformed what began as a 1,500-square-foot pizzeria with 10 employees into a multi unit restaurant business with more than 300 employees. Andolini's currently has 7 highly profitable locations in...

                          You can take your pizzas from mundane to magnificent by learning how to blend various cheeses that melt together to form a delicious and appealing finished product. From pricing considerations to taste, Pittsburgh-based pizzeria owner Nick Bogacz will show you how to get the most out of your cheeses....
                          Speaker(s)
                          Nick Bogacz
                          Owner-Operator
                          Caliente Pizza & Draft House

                          Nick is the founder of Caliente Pizza & Draft House. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he opened his first location in 2012 in Pittsburgh and has grown to four current locations. Caliente has won numerous awards in the industry, including 2016’s first place in the...


                          Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                            Speaker(s)
                            Giuseppe Marrone
                            Executive Chef/Restaurant Consultant

                            ...

                              This style’s growing popularity continues to captivate pizza customers in all parts of the country. If you’d like to learn the ins and outs of Detroit-style pizza from a pair of seasoned pros, this is your opportunity. Don’t pass it up....
                              Speaker(s)
                              Jeff Smokevitch
                              Owner-Operator
                              Brown Dog and Blue Pan Pizzerias

                              Jeff “Smoke” Smokevitch co-founded and currently operates Brown Dog Pizza, a full-service concept in Telluride, Colo., serving six unique styles of pizza, including his award-winning Detroit Square. He’s also opened two locations Blue Pan Pizza in Denver and was winner of Pizza Triathlon (baking three different styles) at the 2015...

                              Tony Gemignani
                              Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
                              Tony Gemignani's Restaurant Group & International School of Pizza

                              Tony Gemignani has won 12 world titles for his pizza making and acrobatic dough-spinning routines, authored or co-authored three books (including “The Pizza Bible”), appeared on several national TV networks and is an owner in 16 pizzerias. His first, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, opened in 2009, has been...


                              Wednesday, September 25, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

                                If you’re going to menu vegan pizza, you may as well grow your offerings to include vegan pasta dishes as well. Scott Sandler says the customer base is there and the products are more accessible than in the past. Now is the time to set yourself apart, and he’s eager... Read More
                                Speaker(s)
                                Scott Sandler
                                Owner-Operator
                                Pizza Head

                                Scott Sandler opened Pizzeoli Wood Fired Pizza Napolitana in 2014 with a passion and no prior restaurant experience. In 2016, Pizzeoli was ranked in the 25 best restaurant in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2017 Scott sold Pizzeoli and opened his second place, Pizza Head, a New...

                                  A good strom is a standout menu item that will quickly set you apart from your sea of competitors. In this demo, Melissa Rickman will show you exactly how to perfect the art of crafting an award-winning Stromboli....
                                  Speaker(s)
                                  Melissa Rickman
                                  Co-Owner and Operator
                                  Wholly Stromboli

                                  Melissa Rickman, co-founder in 2010 with her husband Eric of Wholly Stromboli Restaurant, has built a $1 million-plus sandwich and pizza restaurant in the small-town of Fort Lupton, CO. She has won awards at the International Pizza Challenge been listed on Denver’s A-List of restaurants and has been featured on...


                                  Wednesday, September 25, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

                                    Presented by Grande Cheese...

                                    Wednesday, September 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

                                      Pizza master Tony Gemignani is ready to get his hands in the dough and help Pizza & Pasta Northeast attendees learn the ins and outs of various pizza styles and dough techniques. Learn how to make dough, sauce and starters.  Neapolitan, New York, Sicilian, Grandma Pizzas will be demonstrated and... Read More
                                      Speaker(s)
                                      Tony Gemignani
                                      Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
                                      Tony Gemignani's Restaurant Group & International School of Pizza

                                      Tony Gemignani has won 12 world titles for his pizza making and acrobatic dough-spinning routines, authored or co-authored three books (including “The Pizza Bible”), appeared on several national TV networks and is an owner in 16 pizzerias. His first, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, opened in 2009, has been...


                                      Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

                                        Our Man on the Street, Scott Wiener, will sit down with Tony Gemignani and others to discuss the pros and cons of the various styles of pizza popular in America today....
                                        Speaker(s)
                                        Scott Wiener
                                        Scott Wiener
                                        Scott’s Pizza Tours

                                        Scott Wiener is the founder of Scott's Pizza Tours in New York City, bringing his infectious love for all things pizza to more than 40,000 guests since 2008. He also writes the "Man on the Street" column for Pizza Today magazine and has been featured talking about top pizzerias on...

                                        Tony Gemignani
                                        Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
                                        Tony Gemignani's Restaurant Group & International School of Pizza

                                        Tony Gemignani has won 12 world titles for his pizza making and acrobatic dough-spinning routines, authored or co-authored three books (including “The Pizza Bible”), appeared on several national TV networks and is an owner in 16 pizzerias. His first, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, opened in 2009, has been...


                                        Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

                                          Author, baker and lifelong pizza enthusiast Peter Reinhart sits down with legendary New York pizza maker Anthony Mangieri to delve into Mangieri’s vision and how he stays true to it in a competitive pizza landscape....
                                          Speaker(s)
                                          Peter Reinhart
                                          Chef and Baking Instructor
                                          Johnson & Wales University

                                          Peter Reinhart is the co-founder of PizzaQuest.com, a video website devoted to the never-ending search for the perfect pizza, as well as to the celebration of artisanship wherever it may be found. Peter is the author of 10 books on bread, pizza, and food culture, and he has consulted with...


                                          Thursday, September 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

                                            If you want to be in business 10, 20, 30, 40-plus years, then you’ll need to learn to adapt and overcome. Achieving longevity is about much more than luck. It takes perseverance and a plan....
                                            Speaker(s)
                                            Scott Anthony
                                            Owner-Operator
                                            Punxsutawney Pizza

                                            Scott Anthony, a member of the World Pizza Champions, operates an award-winning pizzeria in Punxsutawney, PA. He is an author, speaker and consultant within the industry. His innovative marketing techniques over the last 23 years have gained him recognition as a marketing guru on a local and national basis....

                                              You may be in a small town, a rural area or a less ritzy part of a major city, but that doesn’t matter. You, too, can build white-collar sales in your blue-collar area, and Mike Bausch will tell you how....
                                              Speaker(s)
                                              Mike Bausch
                                              Owner-Operator
                                              Andolini’s Pizzeria

                                              Mike Bausch moved from California to Oklahoma in 2005 to found Andolini’s Pizzeria at the age of 22. He has since transformed what began as a 1,500-square-foot pizzeria with 10 employees into a multi unit restaurant business with more than 300 employees. Andolini's currently has 7 highly profitable locations in...

                                                Baker and author Peter Reinhart sits down with John Arena of Metro Pizza and Brian Spangler of Apizza Scholls to dish on dough. Experimentation, adaptation and constant tinkering is at the heart of this discussion....
                                                Speaker(s)
                                                Brian Spangler
                                                Baker and Pizza Maker
                                                Apizza Scholls

                                                As founder and co-owner of Olive Mountain Baking Co. from 200-2005, Brian Spangler’s reputation went far beyond his Portland, OR, location. In 2014, he put his dough knowledge to work on pizza, opening the highly acclaimed Apizza Scholls serving what have been described as “New York-meets-Connecticut” pies....

                                                John Arena
                                                Co-owner and Chef
                                                Metro Pizza

                                                John Arena is a 50-year veteran of the pizza industry and co-founder of Metro Pizza, which currently has six locations in the Las Vegas area. He also created and teaches a course in pizzeria concept development at the University of Las Vega School of Hospitality and is a consultant to...

                                                Peter Reinhart
                                                Chef and Baking Instructor
                                                Johnson & Wales University

                                                Peter Reinhart is the co-founder of PizzaQuest.com, a video website devoted to the never-ending search for the perfect pizza, as well as to the celebration of artisanship wherever it may be found. Peter is the author of 10 books on bread, pizza, and food culture, and he has consulted with...

                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                  Larry Fiel
                                                  Director of Marketing
                                                  PDQ Signature Systems

                                                  With 35+years of proven experience and leadership in product marketing, business development, communications, public relations and service & support for numerous verticals in the private and not-for-profit sectors, Larry has leveraged his technology prowess with the ability to create, foster and propagate a company’s most important asset: its brand. Larry...

                                                    Our Man on the Street, Scott Wiener, has been around the block a time or two. He’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of pizzeria. He’ll tell you where he sees pizza shops missing the mark so that you can hit yours....
                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                    Scott Wiener
                                                    Scott Wiener
                                                    Scott’s Pizza Tours

                                                    Scott Wiener is the founder of Scott's Pizza Tours in New York City, bringing his infectious love for all things pizza to more than 40,000 guests since 2008. He also writes the "Man on the Street" column for Pizza Today magazine and has been featured talking about top pizzerias on...


                                                    Thursday, September 26, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                      Systems comprise a major need in the industry. Operators are often reluctant to implement systems, procedures, checklists, etc. in their shops because they are intimidated by the process. But the truth is that pizzeria owners need them so they can be consistent and actually take a day off. It’s time... Read More
                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                      Michael Shepherd
                                                      PerfectingPizza.com

                                                      Michael Shepherd is a four-time World Pizza Champion, president of the pizza resource website perfectingpizza.com, and owner of Pizza Fixation Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza. Michael owned and operated three pizzerias in Northwest Ohio for 20 years, growing the small-town locations into a multi-million dollar company using nontraditional marketing methods, out-of-the-box thinking...

                                                        One of the biggest headaches of any operation: employee scheduling. Who is begging for more hours? Who needs every other Tuesday off? Who do you already know in advance is going to call in sick on game day? It can drive an owner/manager insane. But it doesn’t have to be... Read More
                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                        Hassi Sadri
                                                        Founder
                                                        Napoli Culinary Academy

                                                        Hassi Sadri opened Café Napoli in 1992 in Sacramento, CA, and followed its popularity with the founding in 1997 of the Napoli Culinary Academy, which offer diplomas in culinary arts management. He has been the head judge for several years for the International Pizza Challenge held annually at Pizza Expo....


                                                        Thursday, September 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

                                                          Whether you have been in the industry for years or you are new to the industry, you probably have heard of Caliente Pizza & Draft House.  Since arriving on the scene at Pizza Expo in 2016, Caliente has  seemingly exploded overnight.  The company has won 3 World Championships and took... Read More
                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                          Nick Bogacz
                                                          Owner-Operator
                                                          Caliente Pizza & Draft House

                                                          Nick is the founder of Caliente Pizza & Draft House. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he opened his first location in 2012 in Pittsburgh and has grown to four current locations. Caliente has won numerous awards in the industry, including 2016’s first place in the...


                                                          Thursday, September 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                            John Arena
                                                            Co-owner and Chef
                                                            Metro Pizza

                                                            John Arena is a 50-year veteran of the pizza industry and co-founder of Metro Pizza, which currently has six locations in the Las Vegas area. He also created and teaches a course in pizzeria concept development at the University of Las Vega School of Hospitality and is a consultant to...


                                                            Thursday, September 26, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

                                                              The art of making gnocchi: could you master it in your shop? Antimo DiMeo says you can — and he’ll show you how in this food demonstration designed to grow your menu with the delicious Italian dish....
                                                              Speaker(s)
                                                              Antimo DiMeo
                                                              Chef
                                                              Ardé Osteria

                                                              Antimo DiMeo has worked in Michelin-star kitchens under Gennaro Esposito at Ristorante Del Saracino in Italy and under Massimo Larosa at It Ibiza in Spain, where he learned simple approaches to adding new grains to fresh pastas. He is currently the chef at Ardé Osteria in Wayne, Pa....

                                                                Vegan offerings take commitment, but they also reward you with a rabid fan base. If you’d like to crack open the door to an entirely new sales market, this demo is for you. Scott Sandler will show you how to grow your business with tasty and profitable vegan offerings....
                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                Scott Sandler
                                                                Owner-Operator
                                                                Pizza Head

                                                                Scott Sandler opened Pizzeoli Wood Fired Pizza Napolitana in 2014 with a passion and no prior restaurant experience. In 2016, Pizzeoli was ranked in the 25 best restaurant in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2017 Scott sold Pizzeoli and opened his second place, Pizza Head, a New...


                                                                Thursday, September 26, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                  Brian Nacht
                                                                  Antimo Caputo SRL / Orlando Food Sales

                                                                  With a passion for food and cooking, Brian Nacht is an at home cook who has been in the food industry for the last decade. Brian’s love for cooking started at a young age where he would create recipes in his parent’s kitchen and took it all the way to...

                                                                  Michele D'Amelio
                                                                  A Mano Pizzzeria

                                                                  I grew up in the small town of Lioni in Irpinia, in the province of Avellino about an hour from Naples. Mine was not a family of pizza makers. I was brought up with good food that came from the green hills from where I was born, and from my...

                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                    Graziano Bertuzzo
                                                                    Master Instructor
                                                                    Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli

                                                                    A winner of numerous pizza making championships, Graziano Bertuzzo of Lecce, Italy, is a certified master instructor and the founder in 1989 of the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli, where he teaches the pizza craft to both novice and experienced students. His titles include Best Pizza in Italy (1991) and Pizza Maker...

                                                                    Leo Spizzirri
                                                                    The Pizza Project Group

                                                                    A native from Chicago, Leo Spizzirri has spent a lifetime supporting the pizza and baking industry with his expertise in dough rheology and high speed manufacturing. His responsibilities in commercial artisan bread and frozen pizza have led him to stand in the forefront of dough and pizza innovations where...


                                                                    Thursday, September 26, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                                                                      If you’re looking for innovative ways to boost your menu, John Gutekanst is your guy. An avalanche of creative juices flows every time he gets his wheels spinning, and he says flatbread pizzas comprise a new wave that will differentiate your shop....
                                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                                      John Gutekanst
                                                                      Owner-Operator
                                                                      Avalanche Pizza

                                                                      John Gutekanst owns high-volume Avalanche Pizza and bakery in Athens, Ohio. For 17 years it has been voted “Best Pizza in Athens” and has been featured on the Food Network, Food Arts, National Geographic. He holds 14 culinary titles, including the coveted Best Pizza in the U.S.A. at the World...


                                                                      Thursday, September 26, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

                                                                        Tulsa-based pizzeria owner Mike Bausch says there should be a rhyme and reason not just to what you put on your pizza, but how you put it on your pizza. With the right flow — from makeline layout to dressing your pizza — you can increase speed of service as... Read More
                                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                                        Mike Bausch
                                                                        Owner-Operator
                                                                        Andolini’s Pizzeria

                                                                        Mike Bausch moved from California to Oklahoma in 2005 to found Andolini’s Pizzeria at the age of 22. He has since transformed what began as a 1,500-square-foot pizzeria with 10 employees into a multi unit restaurant business with more than 300 employees. Andolini's currently has 7 highly profitable locations in...


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