In the first episode of the Real Slice, Michael and Siler sit down with Christal Spata of Valeo’s Pizza in Kenosha, WI. Valeo’s has been a fixture and pillar of the community for over 50 years, and is one of the original three pizzerias that opened in Kenosha, WI over half a century ago. The pizzeria is housed in an unremarkable building tucked away in a residential section of the city. Owner and Chief Leadership Development Officer, Christal Spata, explains their pizzeria, “We’re not much. We are a carryout/delivery place – we have no dine-in, just a little lobby to come get it. 1,600 square feet – we’re a tight organization. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven down the road and passed the place – like, it is a Mom & Pop, hole-in-the-wall establishment. And I’m going ‘Dang it; I just passed my own business again!’ But I do, because it is just this hidden gem that is just the heart of Kenosha.”
Michael and Siler have an in-depth chat with the 2017 winner of the Caputo Cup, Will Grant of That’s A Some Pizza. Located on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, this award-winning pizzeria uses a 120-year-old sourdough starter! Listen in as Will tells us more about what a sourdough start actually is, how to use one, and how winning the Caputo Cup has helped his business explode.
Listen in as 13 Time World Pizza Champion Justin Wadstein of Sleight of Hand Pizza gives Michael & Siler the low down on his mobile wood-fired pizza business and how he built it into a successful business. Don’t miss this great episode loaded with lots of invaluable tips, pointers, and advice from one of the most winning pizza competitors in the world.
Carmine Testa is father to the famous Jersey Pizza Boys, Nicholas and Michael Testa who have become a viral internet and television success for their acrobatic dough tossing. Carmine also is the owner of Carmine’s Pizza Factory in Jersey City, NJ and shares with Michael & Siler how he struggles and copes with expenses associated with the online ordering platforms that most consumers love.