Profiles
At first glance, Gerry Pizza has everything it needs – to close down, that is.
Frozen grocery store pizza has historically been a competitor of fresh pizza.
Every year I get a big envelope from Cory Medd.
Alexandre Brunet got his first summer job at age 14 as dishwasher in a pizza restaurant north of Montreal. However, scrubbing dishes wasn’t quite what captivated the future entrepreneur.
Pepi’s Pizza has been serving up slices since 1962. Founded by the Firmi family, the original restaurant is still located at 87 Water St. N. in Kitchener, Ont.
The long list of reasons that have made Two Guys and a Pizza Place a hometown staple are all intertwined with one common thread: owner Cory Medd’s high attention to detail. You would be hard-pressed to find a single aspect of Medd’s bustling pizzeria in Lethbridge, Alta., that hasn’t been reviewed and analyzed to ensure that it fits perfectly with his vision for the business.
Rick Nixon, Itza Ristorante & Pizzeria, Nelson, B.C. www.nelsonpizza.ca
Starting a new business is never easy. For Marina Rondinelli, owner of Rondo’s Pizza Plus in Bright’s Grove, Ont., getting her restaurant up and running proved to be riddled with more challenges than she’d expected.
The only word in the English language that Moe Atallah, owner of Moe’s World Famous Newport Restaurant in Ottawa, doesn’t know is the word “no.” This quote, a local Ottawa joke, can be interpreted in different ways.
Pasqualino Oliveri is explaining what makes a good pizza when he stops and says, “I talk too much.” Talking is good, I assure with a laugh, talk away. This is an interview, after all. He continues in well-articulated English accented by the musicality of the Italian mother tongue. Eyes lit and sentences punctuated by smiles, Oliveri’s enthusiasm for a life in pizza is about as hidden as a giraffe on an ant farm.
Two years ago, Mike Jeffs and Nicole Welsh’s landlord offered them additional space in the building where they already operated a successful tapas restaurant.
It’s generally accepted that New York Style pizza in Toronto was born when the Pugliese family opened the doors of Vesuvio in 1957, making this restaurant the oldest pizza place in Canada’s biggest city.
Vancouverites are enjoying wickedly good pizza that may soon be tempting new customers in other Canadian cities.
They always said if you work in the kitchen you’ll never starve.” Adrien Vachon, owner of Fat Cat’s pizzeria in Welland, Ont., explains his start in the food business with the same simplicity with which he approached opening his own shop with his wife Kelly.
For Agostino’s pizzeria, home is a 900-square-foot restaurant nestled in a little strip mall in the St. James area of Winnipeg.

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