Tag Archives: pizza

Pizza power

  Alert Fra Noi reader Walter Santi unearthed some pretty remarkable statistics on the internet that portray pizza making as a powerhouse industry that’s on the rise. According to PMQ Pizza Magazine’s 2013 State of the Industry Report, the U.S. pizza industry rang up a staggering $36 billion in sales for the year ending 2012, with more than 60 percent of pizzeria operators reporting increasing sales over the previous year. The total pizzeria store count for September 2012 was an equally mind-boggling 71,856 nationwide, with nearly 40 percent of the stores owned and operated independently of national and regional chains. …

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Crusading Chef Bruno Abate

When the ultra-picky Michelin Guide passed judgment on Tocco in funky Wicker Park, they began with a flattering question: “Are we in Milan or Wicker Park?” And just a year prior, Tocco won an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award in 2013. But for all the bragging he could do about his restaurant, owner/chef Bruno Abate has something else he wants to discuss. Just before the dinner rush — in a mod dining room with white, ski-slope chairs — Abate projects a video on the wall that shows him talking to nearly 40 inmates at Cook County Jail. Rather than prison blues …

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