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WGN Radio Bill & Wendy Show 2014

People often ask if this is the coolest job in the world.  Yes and no is probably the best answer for that.  I mean sure it is, our job is sharing pizza with pizza fanatics!  But what the customer doesn’t always see is the amount of work that goes in behind the scenes that enables…

Jon Visits Tony Gemignani

In August of 2015 one of the best companies in the pizza industry contacted me regarding taking a tour of their facility in Modesto, CA.  Yes, I’m talking about my favorite tomato company Stanislaus Food Products.  Owned and operated by the Cortopassi family, they epitomize the correct way to run a company from top to…

Taste Testing Frozen Deep Dish Pizzas

Among the many things that make Chicago deep dish special, one of the most important is that it’s comfort food that is meant to be shared with friends and family.  Living my whole life in Chicago, I take it for granted that I’m surrounded by hundreds of joints that make a great deep dish pizza….

Pizano’s Frozen Pizzas Shipping Coast To Coast

So as previously mentioned in our post about myself (Jon) being on a panel at Taste Talks, upon returning home I found a giant cooler on my front porch.  It was sent by Chris Spitzer the corporate operations manager for Pizano’s.  He had mentioned to me in passing that the Pizano’s ship coast to coast…

Taste Talks Chicago

In September Kendall Bruns the creator of the US Pizza Museum reached out to us because he was going to host a pizza panel during the Chicago Taste Talks Event 2016.  An event like this is a great opportunity to be able to showcase some of our pizza knowledge but also to learn from some pizza…

Pizza Pilgrims Visit Windy City

November can be a pretty rad month for pizza tours, you never know what’s in store.  We start to scale back because it is technically “off season” but when we do, the availability can go quickly and we might have pretty large groups.  Either way, I was glad on this Weds afternoon (11/16/16) when I…

The Di Fara Experience

Have you ever taken a pizza-cation?  Chances are, if you are searching around on this site, you’re pretty serious about your pizza consumption, especially when traveling.  Being the founder of Chicago Pizza Tours, I tend to go all out on pizza when I am traveling.  This particular trip brought me to New York where I…

The Chicago Blackhawks & WGN Take A Pizza Tour

Awhile back we teased you with a post that a Blackhawks player was going to be cruising from pizzeria to pizzeria via Dough Force One.  Well that day came last week, and we were fortunate to have contest winners from WGN Radio and Jimmy Hayes #22 Right Winger See Chicago One Slice At A Time!…

DePaul Blue Demons Crave Chicago-Style Knowledge

If you’ve taken the tour, and we dragged you through Lincoln Park on your pizza journey, you’ve undoubtedly seen and heard us talk about DePaul University.  While none of the guides (including myself) are alumnus of DePaul, it certainly is a point of pride for many of us as we drive to Pequod’s.  So I…

Start-Up Show Features Chicago Pizza Tours In Season 1

At Chicago Pizza Tours, we pride ourselves in being the brand name for anything pizza related in Chicago.  A network was in town shooting footage of the famous Chicago pizza, and reached out to CPT founder Jonathan Porter for some info as well as access into some deep dish kitchens.  After a long conversation, the…

Price Is Right Showcase Showdown Features Pizza Tours

If you’ve ever been home from school sick, or more recently one of those people that works from home, you probably tune in to the Price Is Right at 10am.  Even if it is just for background noise, the Price Is Right is a generational iconic show.  Imagine the surprise we got when we were featured as one of their prizes in the showcase showdown.  We tend to mention the Price Is Right while guiding and wonder if some people from the show were guests and decided to throw a nod our way… either way, this was a once in a lifetime achievement.  

CPT Founder Jonathan Porter Judges The US Pizza Championships 2011

It’s the type of invitation you don’t turn down.  When the editor in chief of PMQ (Pizza Marketing Quarterly) calls you up to ask if you can clear your schedule to fly down to Orlando and be a judge, you jump on it! It is actually a lot tougher than you think, 3-4 hours of…

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