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The team enjoys a class at Barilla

Learning from some of the best, Chef Mario and Chef Mario.

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The team visits Verona

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Fruits of our Labor

Cherry tomatoes, smoked bacon and parmesan

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Jane Mines of Nima's Pizza in Gassville, AR

Led by our translator Paola Laghetti, Jane faces judgement

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Leonardo Giordano of Mona Lisa Pizza in Staten Island

Donning his traditional doo rag, Lenny prepares delights for the judges

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Samantha Jones of Mellow Mushroom Chattanooga

Samantha stands triumphant over her creation

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Jamie Culliton wins Silver!

Jamie Culliton won the silver medal in freestyle for the second year in a row.

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The U.S. Pizza Team Brings Home the Silver from the World Pizza Championships for the Second Straight Year! 

The team recently returned triumphant from Parma, Italy and the World Pizza Championships. Spinner Jamie Culliton and U.S. Pizza Team Acrobatic Coach placed second in teh world for the second straight year.

This year also saw several new members joing the squad and competing on the culinary side. Peter Anderson of Gelsosomo's Pizza in Crown Point IN, Will Shaw of pizzaBOGO in North Olmsted, OH, Chris Mallon of 5 Points Pizza in Nashville, TN, and Samantha Jones of Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga, TN.

Several veterans also joined the crew to compete in categories including classica, pan, gluten-free, pizza on the peel and pizza for 2, which is actually made by two pizzaiolos.

The team this year included:

David Sommers of Mad Mushroom in West Lafayette, Indiana
Michael Stevens of Palo Mesa Pizza in Arroyo Grande, California
John Coletta of Quartino in Chicago
Michael LaMarca of Master Pizza, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
William Shaw of pizzaBogo in North Olmsted, Ohio
Heather Zook of Sinfully Gluten Free in Dayton, Ohio
Leonardo Giordano of Mona Lisa Pizzeria in Staten Island, New York Bradley Johnson, Abby Robbins and Samantha Jones of Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jamie Culliton the U.S. Pizza Team Acrobatic Coach
Leah Scurto of Pizza My Heart in Santa Cruz, California
Rick and Jane Mines of Nima’s Pizza in Gassville, Arkansas
Chris Mallon of Five Points Pizza in Nashville, Tennessee
Peter Anderson of Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria in Crown Point, Indiana

 

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  USPT WINTER ACROBATIC TRIALS ADD NEW MEMBERS TO THE TEAM

The USPT Winter Acrobatic Trials were a huge hit in the frozen tundra of Ohio, drawing several new competitors as well as some seasoned veterans. Competitors squared off in a variety of events in cluding Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pie Maker, Fstest Box Folder and Freestyle Acrobatics.

BJ 1The grand prize of a trip to Italy to compete in the World Pizza Championships was Freestyle Acrobat Bradley Johnson of Mellow Mushroom, Chattanooga, TN. Also placing in the Freestyle category were two up and coming spinners. Scott Volpe of Fiamme Pizza Napoletana in Tuscon, AZ. took second place, with Jacob Bens of Ramundy's Pizza in Columbus coming in third. Also first time competitor Kyle Hambley of Samosky's Homestyle Pizzeria in Valley City, OH. walked off with first place in Box Folding.

 

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Largest Dough Stretch

 1.Bradley Johnson, Mellow Mushroom, Chattanooga, TN.

  2. David Sommers, Mad Mushroom, W. Lafayette, IN.

3. David Whisker, B.C. Pizza, Boyne City, MI.

 

 

 

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Fastest Pie Maker

1. Rick Wheeler, Mad Mushroom, W. Lafayette, IN.

2. Bradley Johnson, Mellow Mushroom, Chattanooga, TN.

3. David Whisker, B.C. Pizza, Boyne City, MI.

 

 

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Fastest Box Folder

1. Kyle Hambley, Samosky's Homestyle Pizzeria, Valley City , OH.

2. David Whisker, B.C. Pizza, Boyne City, MI.

3. Dave Sommers, Mad Mushroom, W. Lafayette, IN.

 

 


Thank you all competitors, sponsors and our flour sponsor Graincraft for helping us have another great competition. We look forward to seeing you all in 2016!

 


 

The Mellow Mushroom National Pizza Trials Bring New Talent to the U.S. Pizza Team!

Mellow Mushroom in Downtown Chattanooga held it's first annual National Pizza Trails Dec. 11th, 2014. The trials drew competitors from as far away as Los Angeles and everywhere in between to compete for a chance to be on the USPT and a grand prize of a trip to the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy in 2015. Events included Best Pie, Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pie Maker and Fastest Box Folder.  

The winner of the grand prize tript o Italy was Michael LaMarca of Master Pizza, Cleveland, OH.

The events this year garnered four new members to the U.S. Pizza Team:

Stan Miller, World Famous Piezons Pizza, Fulton, MS.
Ali Haider, 786 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza Company, Los Angeles, CA
Brian Scott, Community Pie, Chattanooga, TN
Dylan Morris, Allen's Stone Baked Pizza, Centerville, GA

Congratualtions to all and welcome to the team!

 

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Best Pie

 1st - Michael LaMarca
 Master Pizza, Cleveland, OH.

 2nd - Dave Sommers
 Mad Mushroom, West Lafayette, IN.

 3rd - Ali Haider
 786 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza Co., L.A., CA

 

 

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Largest Dough Stretch

1st - Dylan Morris
Allen's Stone Baked Pizza, Centerville, GA.

2nd - Brian Scott
Comunity Pie, Chattanooga, TN.

3rd - Rick Wheeler
Mad Mushroom, Lafayette, IN.

 

 

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Fastest Box Folder

1st - Dave Sommers
Mad Mushroom, West Lafayette, IN.


2nd - Michael LaMarca
Master Pizza, Cleveland, OH.

3rd - Stan Miller
Piezons Pizza, Fulton, MS.

 

 

 

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 Fastest Pie Maker

1st - Dave Sommers
Mad Mushroom, West Lafayette, IN.

2nd - Rick Wheeler
Mad Mushroom, Lafayette, IN.

3rd - Stan Miller
Piezon's Pizza, Fulton, MS.

 

 

 


 

And the winners are......

The U.S. Pizza Team and PMQ Pizza Magazine held its First Annual Slice of Americana Pizza Competition in Oxford, MS. this 4th of July. 

Pizzaiolos from across the country converged on the little town to show off their pizza stylings to the deep south. Out of the chaos of townsfolk and pizzas arose 4 champions. The scores were close and 4th place lost out to 3rd by only one point. In the end, Rick Mines of Nima's Pizza & More in Gassville, AR. walked away with the grand prize of a trip to the World Pizza Championships in Italy in 2015. 

 

Congratulations to all winners!

1st Place: Rick Mines, Nima's Pizza & More, Gassville AR.

2nd Place: Greg Riviotta, Franco's Pizza, Chardon OH.

3rd Place: Chris Mallon, 5 Points Pizza, Nashville TN.

People's Choice: Karen Irby, Camp Lake Stephen's, Oxford MS.

Honorable Mention: Michael LaMarca, Master Pizza, Cleveland OH.

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 Left to Right: Greg Riviotta, Richard Mines, Chris Mallon, Karen Irby, Michael LaMarca

  For media, scores and video, please visit www.pmq.com/Media-Room/


 

Slice of Americana Pizza Competition!

Slice of Americana Pizza Competition set for 4th of July in Oxford, Mississippi
The winner will receive a free trip to Italy
 

At the heart of the Americana Music Triangle—that tiny, musically fertile slice of the globe from Nashville to Memphis to New Orleans—is Oxford, Mississippi, which is also the home of PMQ Pizza Magazine. Music fans and pizza lovers alike will celebrate Independence Day here at the Slice of Americana Pizza Competition, a pizza-making contest with live music and fun and games for the family. To be held as part of the 4th of July ceremonies in Oxford, the event is open to the public. The winner of the pizza culinary competition will win a free trip to Italy with the U.S. Pizza Team to compete in the World Pizza Championships in 2015. A panel of expert judges will choose the overall winner while a people's choice award will also be presented.

For a full listing of rules or to participate, please submit the following information by June 15, 2014. You can also fax the following form to (662) 234-0665 or mail it to Melanie Addington, PMQ Pizza Magazine, 612 McLarty Road, Oxford MS, 38655. Once you have signed up, we will provide more details on the actual competition, ovens and more. You will be asked to submit more detail on your pizza and biographical information before the competition. Competing pizzerias will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. There is a $100 fee to enter the competition, there will only be a traditional pizza category.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 


 

 USPT Gains New Members with the
SEC Pizza Challenge

 The competition was fierce, but in the end, Dutch VanOostendorp of Tribecca Allie in Sardis, MS. reigned supreme, earning the title of Best Pizza in the SEC, earning a spot on the USPT and getting his free ride to compete in the World Pizza Championships in Italy, 2015.

Congratulations to all the winners, but there can be only one!!

1st Place: Dutch VanOostendorp, Tribecca Allie, Sardis MS.

2nd Place: David tieman, Chris Mallon, Stacy Givhan, 5 points Pizza, Nashville TN.

3rd Place: Satchel Raye, Satchel's, Gainesville FL.

4th Place: Richard Traylor, Tre Amici, Oxford MS.

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 For media, scores and video, please visit www.pmq.com/Media-Room/


 

The U.S. Pizza Team Takes Second Place in World Pizza Championships

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Jamie Culliton of the U.S. Pizza Team took second place in Freestyle Acrobatics at the World Pizza Championships in Parma this April. Jamie performed with the help of Missy Green, Smantha Jones and Emily Dugan to the smooth sounds of Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie".

 

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The team performed admirably in 8 different events. Most were first timers, but after surviving the chaos and feeling the rush of competition, they will all be back next year seeking gold in the food valley of Italy.

 

Bradley Johnson - Mellow Mushroom, Chattanooga, TN - Freestyle Acrobatics, Largest Dough Stretch, Classica Pizza
Jamie Culliton - Grimaldi's Pizza, USA - Freestyle Acrobatics
Dave Sommers - Mad Mushroom, West Lafayette, IN - Pizza For Two, Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pizza Maker
Leah Scurto - Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA - Classica Pizza, Pizza For Two
Tim Silva - Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA - Pizza For Two
Heather Zook - Sinfully Gluten Free - Centerville, OH - Gluten Free Pizza
Leonardo Giordano - Mona Lisa Pizza, Staten Island, NY - Classica Pizza, Pizza For Two
Greg Spaulding - Puccini's Smiling Teeth, Lexington, KY - Classica Pizza, Pan Pizza
Shawn Dugan - Shorty's Pizza, Parkersburg, WV - Classica Pizza, Pizza For Two
Emily Dugan - Shorty's Pizza, Parkersburg, WV - Pizza For Two
Jason Samosky - Samosky's Homestyle Pizzeria, Valley City, OH - Classica Pizza, Pan Pizza, Pizza For Two
Michael La Marca -  Master Pizza, Cleveland, OH - Classica Pizza
Michael Stevens - Palo Mesa Pizza, Arroyo Grande, CA - Classica Pizza, Pizza For Two
Gino Rago - Panino's Pizza, Park Ridge, IL - Classica Pizza, Neapolitan Pizza (STG PIzza)
Rick Mines - Nima's Pizza & More, Gassville, AR - Classica Pizza, Pizza For Two
Jane Mines - Nima's Pizza & More, Gassville, AR - Classica Pizza, Pizza For Two, Pizza on the Peel
Vic DiOrio - DiOrio's Pizza and Pub, Louisville, KY -Classica Pizza

 For media, scores and video, please visit www.pmq.com/Media-Room/


The U.S. Pizza Team would like to welcome its newest members!

 

The U.S. Pizza Team proudly welcomes two new members to the fold...

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Shawn Dugan,
Shorty's Pizzeria, Parkersburg, WV



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Gino Rago, Panino's Pizza, Mt. Prospect, IL.

 

 
Gino and Shawn will be competing on the U.S. Pizza Team at the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy.



Be sure to catch the live stream of the events here or at PMQ.com/live.  Events will be aired April 7th & 9th from 4am EST -12pm EST. Tune in and root for your favorite competitors.


 

Congratualtions to the Trials winners at NAPICS

We had some stiff competition this year as well as a good number of first time Trials competitors. In the end, the Grand prize of the trip to Italy to compete in the World Pizza Championships went to Jamie Culliton of Grimaldi's Pizza. Second and Third places in Freestyle Acrobatics went to Dave Sommers of Mad Mushroom Pizza in West Lafayette, and Wilhelm Rodriguez of Papa's Pizza in Cabo Rojo, Purto Rico.

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The U.S. Pizza Team would also like to congratulate its newest members:

David Whisker, B.C. Pizza, Boyne City, MI

Garrett Marlin, Uncle's Pizzeria, Ft. Collins, CO

Adam Tucker, Guiseppe's Pizza, Mifflinville, PA

and runner up

Allen Lewis, Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza, Jasper, AL

 

 

 

 Conragutlations to all the winners who competed in the 2014 U.S. Pizza Team Acrobatic Trials

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Fastest Pie Maker

1st Place - DavidWhisker, B.C. Pizza, Boyne City, MI

2nd Place - Bradley Johnson, Mellow Mushroom, Chattanooga, TN

3rd Place - Wilhelm Rodriguez, Papa's Pizza, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

 

 

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1st Place - Bradley Johnson, Mellow Mushroom, Chattanooga, TN

2nd Place - Garrett Marlin, Uncle's Pizzeria, Ft. Collins, CO

3rd Place - Adam Tucker, Guiseppe's Pizza, Mifflinville, PA

 

 

 

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1st Place - David Whisker, B.C. Pizza, Boyne City, MI

2nd Place - Jamie Culliton, Grimaldi's Pizza

3rd Place - Adam Tucker, Guiseppe's Pizza, Mifflinville, PA

 

 


 

The 2014 USPT Acrobatic Trials are just around the corner

Join us at the 2014 NAPICS show Feb. 9-10, new home of the USPT Acrobatic Trials. Competitions will include Freestyle acrobatics, Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pie Maker, and of course the favorite cousin of all the acrobatics events, Fastest Box Folder.

Grand prize for Freestyle Acrobatics is a spot on the USPT and an all-expense paid trip to compete in the World Pizza Championships  in Parma, Italy, April of 2014.

Click HERE to register or for competition rules. For more information, contact Brian at 662-234-5481 x129 or by email at brian@pmq.com.

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American Pizza Championships and USPT Trials

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The U.S. Pizza Team would like to congratulate the winners of this year's American Pizza Championship and Fall Trials

 

First Place Gluten Free       First Place Best Pie         First Place Freestyle Acrobatics
      Heather Zook                       Jason Samosky                           Bradley Johnson
Sinfully Gluten Free           Samosky's Homestyle                  Mellow Mushroom
   Centerville, Ohio                           Pizza                            Chatttanooga, Tennessee
                                                      Valley City, Ohio

Heather Zook      Samosky      BJ

 

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The U.S. Pizza Team would like to welcome Affiliate Members Rick and Jane Mines of Nima's Pizza and More in Gassville, Arkansas. They will be joining the team in Italy inApril of 2014.

 

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Previous APC Winners

2012 APC Winner Bradley Corbin, Sloopy's Sports Cafe, Lakeside, OH

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2011 APC Winner Jamie Culliton, Grimaldi's Pizzeria, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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