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Piece Pizza On The Podcast

Piece is a 240-seat brewpub located in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood and was named the highest grossing independent pizzeria in the US.  Piece is the first pizzeria to bring New Haven style of pizza to Chicago, and to the best of my knowledge it was the first time any pizzeria did a style other than…

Franciacorta Event Presented by the Windy City Wine Guy

I need to do more of these events, I just do!  In 2017 I hosted Cusumano Wines on a private pizza tour event where we paired many of their wines with different pizzas and was able to meet so many great wine aficionados in Chicago.  Michael Bottigliero who is also known as The Windy City…

Let’s Make A Deal – Chicago Pizza Tours

One thing I love is game shows.  I think everyone does.  Whether it was a sick day from school, or just a lazy college morning, I loved watching game shows like The Price Is Right, Scrabble, and others.  Let’s Make A Deal is no exception, the outfits are crazy, and Wayne Brady is an amazing host.  In our second year of business we were featured in the showcase showdown on The Price Is Right and 6 years later we made it onto another classic in the big deal of Let’s Make A Deal! The lady that wins this prize is beyond awesome, and I can’t wait to meet her!  You never know where we’ll end up next, maybe Wheel Of Fortune…

WGN Chicago’s Best – Piece Of The Pie

Growing up I knew this, deep dish pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno by a guy named Ike Sewell in 1943.  It is a fact so undeniable that the city of  Chicago honored Ike by turning the stretch of Wabash Ave between Grand and Ontario into “Ike Sewell Honorary Way”.  It wasn’t until years later that I started doing some research and found out that maybe that wasn’t exactly spot on. Please enjoy Chicago’s Best presenting “Piece of the Pie” on WGN Best, Jon

Una Pizza Napoletana

Una Pizza Napoletana “Four nights a week, Anthony Mangieri creates what many consider among the best pizza in America at Una Pizza Napoletana, a nondescript, spartan restaurant carved out of a San Francisco auto garage South of Market. Mangieri’s routine begins when he comes to the restaurant every morning, usually alone, sometimes accompanied by his wife and infant…

HAMILTON, An American Musical

Most of the time, running a pizza tour seems like a ton of fun, but there really is a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smooth. Sometimes it’s downright chaos, but in the end it is always worth it. We do our best to not take ourselves too seriously, and I…

Follow Your Dreams, Fearlessly

“Follow Your Dreams, Fearlessly” A discussion with Gary Bredow and Jenny Feterovich from the hit PBS series “START UP” About 6 years ago Jenny Feterovich was in Chicago producing the filming for the Ukraine version of the show “The Bachelor”.  They were looking to film the contestants inside a kitchen of a Chicago deep dish…

Proudest Moment

Not too long ago, I was being asked several questions about the business for a local magazine that was featuring Chicago Pizza Tours not only as a cool activity to do in town, but also as an interesting business.  When we got to the question “What is your proudest moment as a company?”, I was…

Plan B for Able Trek Tours

The way social media tends to be framed can give us an impression that everything works out amazing for everyone.  That’s not reality.  The reality is that things happen, stuff is out of our control, and it’s important to not panic and work hard to make sure that we are doing our very best to…

Pizano’s South Loop Opens

This one has been in the works for a while.  Pizano’s has never been one to be shy about expanding their pizza empire, and they swung for the fences in early March with the opening of their largest location at 2106 S Indiana.  Pizano’s South Loop is located just one block away from McCormick Place,…

WGN Radio Steve Cochran Show Hosts Pizza Tour

Fat Tuesday 2017, normally I would spend this morning freezing my rear end off standing on the sidewalk of some bakery in Bridgeport waiting for paczkis.  Not Tuesday 2/28/17, we had other plans in the works.  Jonathan Knotek and I were going on the radio to talk Pizza Tours and Prohibition Tours. This was my…

US Pizza Museum On Display At Niles Public Library 2/1 – 3/31

On a rainy February day, I made the trip up Harlem Ave to the suburb of Niles to visit the US Pizza Museum Exhibit at the Niles Public Library.  I had an idea of what all the museum entailed, but was quite surprised by the amount of stuff that our good friend Kendall put together….

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