Tony Marinaro is the host of the Montreal Forum sports radio show on Montreal’s TSN 690 LPW: You come from an Italian background, so I guess you know a thing or two about pizza. TM: It’s my favourite food. Everywhere I have travelled to I try their pizza. I’ve eaten pizza in different parts of the Caribbean, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United States and obviously Italy. They say that Napoli has the best pizza in the world mainly because of their water and their temperature. Unfortunately, I’ve never eaten pizza in Napoli. The best pizza I ever had was in Sicily. [...]
Claudia Barila is a Montreal entrepreneur and philanthrophist who is involved in a variety of projects including The One Drop Foundation, which is dedicated to providing access to safe water, the Orange Rouge restaurant in Chinatown, and Edu2 (Educare), an innovative, technology-focused alternative school located in the Mile End. Are you excited about Pizza Week? I’m super excited and a very picky judge of pizza. I have very specific ideas about what I think makes a good pizza. Obviously the crust is important, the thickness of the crust, the sauce and all the condiments. Did you eat a lot of [...]
Our good friend and journalist; Robbie Dillon sat down to chat with him recently. Here it is below: Dino Tavarone is a veteran Montreal actor known for his roles in Omerta: La Loi du Silence, Mon Ami Dino, Mambo Italiano, and a host of other film and television projects. Born in the Lucania region of Southern Italy, he also owned and operated the well-known Bon Gusto Restaurant in Montreal’s Little Italy neighbourhood for more than 20 years. All of which makes him an expert when it comes to judging pizza. Q: So what do you think makes for a great [...]
Corey Shapiro is a Montreal-based entrepreneur, fashion historian, and director of several global brands, including Notorious Barbershop and Vintage Frames, supplier of designer eyewear to an elite clientele that includes The Kardashians, Lady Gaga, and Jay-Z. Have you eaten a lot of pizza in your life? My stepmom is Italian and she used to make her own homemade pizza, so I grew up eating all sorts of Italian food, including pizza. What will you be looking for as a pizza judge? I think the sauce is a major factor. I’m not necessarily big on pizza with a lot of [...]
Mike Paterson is an international comedy superstar with a long list of television and film credits to his name. Fresh off a spectacular run of 24 shows and a French Language Gala at this year’s Just For Laughs Festival, he’s hungry for his latest challenge: finding Montreal’s best vegetarian pizza! Have you eaten a lot of vegetarian pizza? I’ve been a vegetarian for 23 years. From the time I was 18 until I was 31, pretty much all I ate was vegetarian pizza, which makes me kind of an expert. In fact, I love pizza so much that my PIN [...]
Milad Sahafzadeh is a Canadian entrepreneur with Persian descent. He is the Founder and president of IMAGEMOTION a leading Content and Influencer marketing agency. With close to a decade of experience in the field of digital marketing, advertising and talent management, Milad is a creative leader with a diverse vision and a strategic brand builder. With a vast network in the Canadian lifestyle and luxury sector, he consults many brands to thrive in the digital space by executing campaigns targeted to millennials and generation z. Milad has a deep interest in visual arts as well as music . He is a professional classical Pianist. He is a Foodie, passionate about Wine, and a Dog lover!
Weather reporter TVA Nouvelles-LCN Creator, ALEXANDRE Jewelry Nadège St-Philippe, a young Quebec woman of Haitian origin, has an extraordinary track record. Resourceful and highly talented, she combines both personal and professional experiences. After 14 years of ballet-jazz, she became a passionate step fitness choreographer, group fitness coach, co-host for TSN and RDS (reporting from Barbados and Florida), host of Nadège en 32 temps, weather presenter on TVA and LCN networks, founder of the company Lacaye’la (dedicated to healthy lifestyle habits), public speaker, spokesperson for charitable organizations (including Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi) and a committed volunteer in various community initiatives. Nadège also holds [...]
Alex Despatie is one of Canada’s most successful and respected athletes. A world champion diver and two-time Olympic medalist, he now works as a TV and radio broadcaster. Are you a fan of pizza? I actually love pizza. I don’t have it too often, but I just came back from Italy and I had some absolutely amazing pizzas over there. It’s great because it’ll give me a good base to judge all the pizzas we’re going to be judging for Pizza Week.
Massimo Lecas and his partners are the founders of world-famous restaurant and night club Buona Notte. Fiorellino combines their 25 years of experience in the industry with a fresh, new look and an exciting culinary philosophy. What was the inspiration for Fiorellino? When my partners and I founded Buona Notte, we took the name from an Italian lullaby “Buona Notte Fiorellino.” Now that we’re all older, we have kids and we use that song to put our kids to sleep.
Jeremy Filosa is a sports journalist at 98.5 FM. You’re Italian. Can I assume you have a lot of experience with pizza?Ha! If you mean experience eating it, then yes! You know, a lot of people don’t realize, but if you go to Italy, the word ‘pizza’ originally meant cake. So when I was a little kid and we’d go to Italy, the word hadn’t really been Americanized yet. You can still order a pizza di chocolata, for example, which is just a regular chocolate cake. So people would offer me a piece of pizza and then they’d give me a piece of cake. It was pretty confusing. But the kind of pizza we’re talking about here, my mom used to make it for us all the time, still does.
Anne-Lovely is a lifestyle journalist for Journal de Montreal and 24 Heures. So, are you excited about Pizza Week? Of course! I love pizza! What’s your favourite kind of pizza? I’d have to say that Margherita is one of my favourites because it’s just simple but it’s so good. I also really like Calabrese because I love sausages and spicy food.
Amy Blackmore is the Executive and Artistic Director of the “St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival”. She’ll be judging pizzas in the gluten-free category. Is it hard to find gluten-free pizza in Montreal? I grew up eating pizza all the time. When I was a teenager, me and my friends would get together every Saturday night and order an extra-large pizza with suicide hot sauce on it for, like, $9.99 with a two-litre bottle of pop, and we’d sit around crying while we ate it because it was so hot, but we just loved it.
It’s always inspiring when two people meet, fall in love, and decide to start a new life together. The only thing that could possibly make for a better story is when that new life involves pizza! Tara and Sasha Bouis met in the British Virgin Islands. Tara was a shoolteacher, working for the summer as a scuba diving instructor, Shasa was on Wall Street. The couple fell in love and decided to spend their lives together in paradise.
When it comes to pizza, Nick DePalma came by his credentials the old-fashioned way. The Chef and owner at Inferno Restaurant and Caffe San Simeon grew up working in Trattoria dai Baffoni, the Little Italy restaurant his grandparents opened in 1966.
In business for 23 years and counting, Café Epoca is a Little Italy institution and an important and respected member of the local community. Owner Paolo Musto has built his reputation with an unwavering commitment to quality, traditional values, and keeping things simple. So tell me about your approach to pizza. We do a very basic Italian thin crust pizza. We use a very good tomato sauce, a nice mozzarella, and all the toppings and ingredients are simple and fresh. We use an authentic Napolitan-style sauce, no garlic, no oregano, just olive oil and salt. Depending on the pizza style or recipe, we might add some fresh basil or arugala.
Eric Dénommée spent years working in Montreal’s most renowned restaurants and learning from some of our city’s finest chefs. In August 2015, he opened Pizzeria Melrose with his partner, Paolo Olivera, and it was an almost instantaneous success, quickly becoming one of the most popular spots in NDG. Your restaurant has a very interesting look. This is a historic place. For over 50 years, the building we’re in was a furrier, a place where people bought and stored their fur coats over the summer.
Spend a little time around pizza chefs, and you will quickly learn that they are extremely serious about their craft. The typical pizzaiolo is only too happy to engage you in a long and detailed discussion about ingredients, cooking techniques, and the longstanding rivalry between the Neapolitan and Roman versions of everyone’s favourite treat. This passion for authenticity and the highest standards took the pizza makers of Naples all the way to the European Parliament, where they lobbied for, and received a Protected Designation of Origin, or PDO, which lays out the requirements a pizza must meet to be considered [...]
You can find pizza in just about any country in the world, but sometimes the toppings can be a little unexpected, to say the least. In Russia, “mockba” is the most popular style of pizza. It features a thick crust, slathered in tomato sauce and then covered in salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines. Indian pizza is usually cooked in a tandoor oven and topped with pickled ginger, tandoori chicken, paneer cheese and gobs of mayonnaise. Brazilians love green peas so much they put them on everything, including their pizza, along with raisins, carrots, beets and quail eggs. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pizza-style treat that layers [...]
She may be only 21 years old, but Liza Hatem is already a seasoned pizza chef and experienced entrepreneur. As co-owner and co-founder of Vegan Rapide, she’s also a pioneer in the burgeoning vegan fast food sector. How did you get started in the restaurant business? About 4 years ago, around the time that I was finishing high school, I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. This was devastating for me because I had always been health conscious, always ate vegetarian. It made me realize that life can be very unpredictable, but also that anything is possible. So, when my mom came to me with [...]
Any boss who’s ever needed people to work late knows that pizza can be a powerful incentive. The question has never been whether or not people love to chow down on a cheesy slice, but what they’ll do, and how far they’re willing to go, to get one. David Ariely, a researcher and author of the bestselling Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, decided to see just how powerful a motivator free pizza could be. It will come as no surprise to pizza lovers everywhere that, when compared to other rewards, such as compliments from the boss, or even small [...]