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Monday, June 15, 2009

Spin Zone: Pizza Pro Tony Gemignani Rocks Sunday's North Beach Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:16 AM

click to enlarge Dough boy: Twirl master Tony Gemignani. - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
  • Dough boy: Twirl master Tony Gemignani.
Hey, mambo! World pizza-tossing champion Tony Gemignani rocked the dough in his self-described "truly Italian" fashion at Sunday's North Beach Festival. Beer-swilling fans called out, danced, and jumped up and down as Gemignani performed. His crowd-pleasing tricks? Twirling dough into a shade-providing disc, pinching it into ever-growing size while in midair, then rolling it across his shoulders. The grand finale: catching the dough on his back. A Food Network and pizza pro, Gemignani owns Pyzano's Pizzeria in Castro Valley, an International Pizza School, plus a restaurant he swears is opening in North Beach in two weeks. For Gemignani, being a certified master from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli seems to equal a lot of (tasty) dough. More evidence of Gemignani's chops after the jump.

click to enlarge Throwin' shade: Gemignani creates a dough umbrella. - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
  • Throwin' shade: Gemignani creates a dough umbrella.

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