Pie Master Tony Gemignani Launches North Beach Pizza School-Slash-Restaurant
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 A pizza oven in Naples.
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).