Show 518, March 25, 2023: John Arena, Pizzaiolo and Co-Founder, Metro Pizza Las Vegas Part Two

John Arena of Metro Pizza and Truly Pizza

“In 1905 Gennaro Lombardi established the first Pizzeria in America. It was located on Spring Street in the heart of New York’s Little Italy. By good fortune, when Las Vegas’ Metro Pizza’s founders’ (cousins John Arena and Sam Facchini) grandparents came to America they settled just 50 yards away. Ever since those early days, pizza has been at the center of their family life. John’s and Sam’s parents got their first jobs feeding coal into the big bakery ovens where Sicilian pizzas were baked and carried out into the neighborhood to feed the immigrant families hungry for a taste of home. Over the years the time-honored skills of the Pizzaiolo, the pizza chef, have been handed down from their fathers, uncles, aunts, brothers and cousins – from one generation to the next.”

“As Italian immigrants settled across the country, they carried their love for combining food, family and friends with them to every corner of America. At Santarpio’s in East Boston, the Home Run Inn on Chicago’s South Side and at Tommaso’s in San Francisco’s North Beach, this tradition has continued and evolved. Every neighborhood has placed it’s own personal stamp on it’s local pizza. The debate over which city makes the best pizza will never be settled, because each of us has such warm memories of that first date or family gathering at our own neighborhood Pizzeria.”

“At Metro Pizza, John and Sam honor the great traditions of America’s landmark Pizzerias. Their dough is made fresh each day and then fermented for 5-days from the finest wheat, hand-stretched and cooked on the stone of their hearth ovens. The sauces are made from only the finest vine-ripened tomatoes and topped with select cheeses, choice meats and the freshest vegetables, herbs and spices available. Each of Metro’s pizzas is a hand-crafted labor of love, backed by three generations of experience.”

Pizzaiolo John Arena is finally finding his way to Southern California later this year with the launch of the eagerly anticipated Truly Pizza in Dana Point.

Metro Pizza’s John Arena is with us pizza peel in hand.

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