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Anthony Felix Gemignani
August 23, 1973
Julie White Gemignani
Anthony Felix Gemignani (born August 23, 1973) is an American chef, restaurateur, and author. In 2009, Gemignani opened Tony's Pizza Napoletana in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Gemignani is an accomplished pizzaiolo and chef, having won 13 world titles in pizza making and opened numerous restaurants. He has appeared on multiple reality television series including Food Network Challenge, Bar Rescue on Spike TV, as well as on The Travel Channel and CNN.
Early life and career
Gemignani was born in Fremont, California to Frank and Eileen Gemignani. He grew up on his family's apricot cherry, and fava bean farm with his grandfather, parents and older brother, and is a third generation Italian American.
Gemignani graduated from Washington High School in Fremont, later working at his brother Frank Jr.'s restaurant, Pyzano's, in Castro Valley, California, in 1991. Gemignani began his pizza tosser career while at Pyzano's as a way to entertain customers and to show the quality of the dough to diners. He competed all over the world, winning 8 world champion titles for pizza acrobatics between 1995–2007, and earning himself the nickname of the "Michael Jordan of Pizza Throwing". Gemignani traveled the world for 16 years, competing, working in others' kitchens, and learning about regional styles which allowed him to learn each style of pizza and perfect it.
In 2000, while on his honeymoon in Sorrento, Italy, he and his wife Julie dined at Trianon da Ciro in Naples, which motivated him into a lifelong quest to keep learning and striving to become a better pizzaiolo. He paid careful attention to the authentic craft of each style of pizza, respecting its history, while aiming to make it better. This attitude birthed his motto "Respect the Craft" which can be seen on his websites, books, and even tattooed on his hands.
Gemignani formed the World Pizza Champions in 2005, which is made up of over 60 team members who have each earned the highest awards in the pizza industry, along with television appearances, Guinness World Records, and respect as leading professionals and pioneers in the pizza industry.
In 2007, Gemignani took the title of "World Champion Pizza Maker" at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. Gemignani was the first American and non-Neapolitan to ever take this title. Gemignani is the first and only Triple Crown winner for baking at the International Pizza Championships in Lecce, Italy, meaning, he won three first place titles in one competition.
Tony's Pizza Napoletana
Tony's Pizza Napoletana is recognized as one of the city's best pizzerias. Along with being named "The Best Pizzeria in America" by Forbes magazine, the restaurant has received multiple accolades in a number of publications, both local and national, including Zagat, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Food and Wine, Travel + Leisure, Fox News, and others.
The Original Slicehouse & Coal-Fired Pizza by Tony Gemignani
Opening in 2010, Gemignani took ownership of an adjacent deli. Seeing this as an opportunity to serve more styles of pizzas like classic New York style slices, Sicilian, and California style slices, along with Chicago Beef Sandwiches and other deli favorites, the slicehouse allowed people to enjoy Gemignani's pizza without the infamous wait times seen at his flagship restaurant.
Since the opening in North Beach, Gemignani has expanded his slice house concept to include concessions stalls in Oracle Park & Chase Center, as well as multiple locations in California and Nevada under the name Slice House by Tony Gemignani. Tony G's Super Delicious Pizza is Tony Gemignani's newest slice house concept in Meridian, Idaho with its delivery only concept under Crave Delivery.
In 2011, Gemignani, Hewitt and Karpaty opened Pizza Rock in Sacramento California, with a focus on rock 'n' roll and great pizza. Pizza Rock offers many of the same items as Tony's Pizza Napoletana but features events such as Acoustic Brunch and live DJs performing from a custom Peterbilt truck. Now in Sacramento, California, Las Vegas, and Henderson, Nevada, Pizza Rock has received accolades in a number of publications, including the Sacramento and The Chew.
Gemignani's Chicago-style pizza and whiskey bar, Capo's, opened in November 2012 just two blocks away from Tony's Pizza Napoletana; it was designed to feel like a prohibition era speakeasy. The restaurant invites family style dining, serving four styles of Chicago-style pizza: Deep Dish, Stuffed, Cast Iron Pan, and Cracker Thin; along with Southern Italian dishes. Favorite items include the Quattro Forni, a thick, square cut pizza cooked in four ovens that is a variation on a pizza baked in three ovens that won Gemignani an international championship; The Dillinger and The Crown Point, Cast Iron Pan pizzas, that won the World's Best Pan Pizza and the Best of the Best at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas in 2014 and 2016, and subsequently earned Chef Matt Molina the title of Pizza Maker of the Year in 2014 and Best of the Best Champion in 2016.
Tony's of North Beach
Opened in 2013 at the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, California, Tony's of North Beach offers many styles of pizzas made by Tony Gemignani. The menu offers eight kinds of pizzas made in three different kinds of ovens, family-style pasta dinners, sandwiches, and salads.
International School of Pizza
Gemigani is the first certified Master Instructor in the United States.[by whom?] He opened the International School of Pizza and the United States School of Pizza under the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli. Gemignani and his fellow instructors certify students from around the world, and the certifications come direct from Italy with strict guidelines and theory followed from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli. Gemignani also offers non-professional home chef courses, designed to teach home cooks how to make restaurant quality pizza in their own kitchens.
Giovanni Italian Specialties opened in October 2017, Tony brought an "old-world Italian specialties shop" to the neighborhood of North Beach. Giovanni Italian Specialties offers fresh pasta, specialty cooking tools, cook books, and offers focaccia and piadina daily.
Tony Gemignani’s California Artisan Type 00 Pizza Blend flour is made by Central Milling.
|2013||A Bar Full of Bull||Bar Rescue||Spike TV||season 3, episode 17|||
|2013||Jon of the Dead||Bar Rescue||Spike TV||season 3, episode 21|||
|2014||World Pizza Champ Turns Dough Into…Dough||Taking Stock with Pimm Fox||BloombergTV|||
|On Location: Pizza Rock Vegas||The Chew||[dead link]|
|Pizza Paradise 2||Food Paradise||Travel Channel||season 0, episode 41|||
|Pizza Champions||Challenge||Food Network||Michael Shepherd, Joe Carlucci, Siler Chapman and Tony Gemignani compete at Mall of America.|
|The Pizza Show||Viceland|||
|Cirque du Pizza: The Art of Pizza Acrobatics||Great Big Story||CNN||Micro-documentary.|
|Sin City Eats||Cheap Eats||Cooking Channel||season 4, episode 10|||
|Ryan's Yummy Playdate/Ryan's Speedy Playdate||Ryan's Mystery Playdate|||
Gemignani has authored three books:
- Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza (Chronicle Books, July 28, 2005)
- Tony and the Pizza Champions (Chronicle Books, March 4, 2009)
- The Pizza Bible (Ten Speed Press, October 28, 2014)
- First Place Pizza All Stars by Antonio Mezzero Porto, Portugal 2018 Cooking Pizza Neo Napoletana paired with Croft Port
- First Place Best Pizza (Pizza in Pala) World Pizza Championships Parma, Italy 2016
- 8 Time World Champion Pizza Acrobat (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007)
- World Champion Pizza Maker, 2007 World Pizza Cup, Naples, Italy
- Roman Pizza, 2011 World Championships of Pizza Makers, Naples, Italy
- Best of the Best World Champion/Master Pizza Maker, 2012 International Pizza Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2007 "Squadra Acrobatica" Pizza Olympics, Salsomaggiore, Italy
- 2006 "Squadra Acrobatica", Salsomaggiore, Italy
- 2005 "Team Acrobatic", Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2005 Food Network "Pizza Battle"
- 2005 Icon Estates Pizza Battaglia
- 1st Triple Crown Winner in Pizza History
- Gold Cup Pizza Classica, 2008 International Pizza Makers Challenge, Lecce, Italy
- Gold Cup Pizza Teglia, 2008 International Pizza Makers Challenge, Lecce, Italy
- Gold Cup Acrobat, 2008 International Pizza Makers Challenge, Lecce, Italy
- Best Pizza USA, 2008 World Pizza Championships, Salsomaggiore, Italy
- 2006 Pizza Champions Challenge, Food Network
- Master of Champions, ABC TV
- Inducted into the Legends of Pizza, 2006
Guinness Book of World Records
- Largest pizza base spun in two minutes (36.5 inches) 2006
- Most Consecutive Rolls Across the Shoulders in 30 seconds (37 times) 2006
- World's Longest Pizza (1,930.39 m) 2017
- Most people tossing pizza dough (263) 2014
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By 1900, most of the large agricultural estates of the pioneer settlers had been broken up into small farms, generally between 15 and 35 acres in size, primarily for growing apricots, cherries, and walnuts. Many of these farms were eventually owned by persons of Portuguese descent, including the Bettencourt, Caldeira, Duarte, Lewis, Rogers, and Silva families.
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A former Apricot Farmer for 30 years and Supervisor for the City of Fremont Parks Dept. in the Landscape Maintenance Dept. for 12 years.
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Born and raised on an apricot and cherry orchard farm in Fremont, California.....
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Yeah, you know I grew up in Fremont, California on a farm actually. My grandpa was a big Italian farmer. We lived with our grandpa; a typical Italian family. I never knew I was going to get into pizza. Food was a big part of our life. We were on apricot orchards, cherry orchards, and fava beans. Italians call them horse beans. I grew up around food all the time especially watching my mom cook.
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