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Monday, June 29, 2009

Pie Master Tony Gemignani Launches North Beach Pizza School-Slash-Restaurant

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

click to enlarge A pizza oven in Naples. - TONY'S PIZZA NAPOLETANA
  • Tony's Pizza Napoletana
  • A pizza oven in Naples.
The pizza gods were smiling over North Beach this weekend. On Saturday, Bay Area favorite pizza guy Tony Gemignani opened Tony's Pizza Napoletana (1570 Stockton at Union). Die-hard fans know Gemignani and his pie-making skills from his Pyzano's outpost in Castro Valley and frequent media appearances (hello, Food Network!) and public events. Being a nine-time world pizza champ gives the enthusiastic Gemignani true pizza cred: When he puts on a show of his pizza twirling and acrobatics, it's an awesome thing to behold.

Tony's Pizza Napoletana is a showcase for Gemignani, fulfilling his longtime dream of fusing a pizza school with and restaurant. The selection of styles and flavors spans the globe: California, Napoli, Rome, New York, Sicily, and Chi-town. Need more reason than that to celebrate? Find it in the full bar. And be sure to ogle the restaurant's über-special showcase Cirigliano oven, straight from Naples, but you'll have to wait till Wednesday (Pizza Napoletana is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

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