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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Last week I posted a blog about the World Pizza Championships held in Italy every year.  It was brought to my attention that there are two different teams in the U.S. that compete for the coveted title.  The team that I referenced in last week’s blog is the  “World Pizza Champions” not the U.S. Pizza Team.  Leo Spizzirri, Executive Chef at Giordano’s, is a member of the “World Pizza Champions”.  The team is led by nine-time pizza champion Tony Gemignani.  The “World Pizza Champions” is touted as America’s #1 Pizza Team.  Hope that clears up any confusion about your favorite pizza team.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC Chicago Street Team

The Italians created pizza, but can you believe that they had never heard of Chicago style pizza?  That’s until Leo Spizzirri made some noise amongst the best pizza makers in the world.  Leo, the Executive Chef for Giordano’s 46 locations, is now a member of the World Pizza Champions team.  He is considered to be one of the best pizza makers in the world, and his specialty is stuffed pizza.

Leo has been trained by 9 time pizza champion, Tony Gemignani, and is also certified in Classic Italian Pizza, Pizza in Pala, and Pizza in Taglia from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli in Carole, Italy.  Gemigiani tagged Leo to be a part of the World Pizza Champions after many conversations about Chicago style and tasting the stuffed pizza.  Chicago style pizza wasn’t recognized in any of the World Championship competitions, but Gemigiani wanted to change that.  

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