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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….

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…