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  • I want to go to the States. Can you help?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Very often we are asked questions on our social media channels. They vary from the straightforward "Do you have any jobs", to general advice, to very specific and more difficult professional "How can I achieve my goal?" Last week a young Italian pizzaiolo sent me this message (I have shortened it and made it to the point): "Hi Alan, I have dream called USA, and I want to realise it at all costs. ...

  • A challenging year

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    This has been a challenging year with another series of lockdowns, stop and starts and staff shortages. Thankfully pizzerias as a whole seem to have survived and those that did takeaways have for the most part done well. We have seen a lot of resilience, quick thinking, adaptation and innovation in our industry. Great entrepreneurs thrive in this sort of environment. Well, they have to, as the ...

  • We are in Lockdown without even knowing it

    Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We are in lockdown without even knowing it. Most people have been primed and know how to behave when there is a lockdown: minimise socialising, don't attend large gatherings, meet outside whenever possible and DO NOT HAVE a Christmas party. Although Rishi Sunak was quoted saying "the Government is not telling people to cancel things. It's not closing down businesses", the message is implicit. All ...

  • Best Vegan Cheese for Pizza

    Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Once again we asked the Facebook community to help us find the best vegan mozzarella (vegan cheese for pizza). You can most likely order some vegan mozzarella from your regular supplier nowadays, but there are huge differences in quality and to be perfectly honest, having tried a few and even made my own I still struggle to find a good one. Let's also not forget that once you start using vegan ...

  • Do pizza chefs need a CV?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We hear a lot of pizza chefs that don't have a CV. They have always found work through word of mouth or when that wasn't the case they would go for a trial and show their worth. Of course in our profession what really counts is being able to perform the job we are hired for: making good pizzas. There is no amount of words that can substitute 2 minutes at the counter. Some of my pizzaiolo friends ...

  • How to negotiate a higher salary

    Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Salary is always an awkward topic. . I know that feeling very well. As a young teenager looking for his first job I felt embarrassed asking how much I would be paid for my summer cheffing job, I almost felt it would be rude to ask as I felt fortunate enough to get a job in the first place. With age and experience I learnt that there is no harm in asking and that in fact a decent employer should ...

  • "The time to cook a Neapolitan pizza" interview. Round 1

    Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    This week we start a series of brief interviews, that as the title suggests, only take about 90 seconds. Our first guests is Davide Riccio, Chef Ambassador at Pizza Pilgrims. A you will be able to tell from some of the answers, he comes from Naples :) Let us know your thoughts and whether you can think of different questions 1. Would you rather fight one giant pizza or 100 small ones? 100 small ...

  • Pizzeria Suppliers in the UK

    Posted on Monday, November 8, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    From time to time we see this question asked in the forums. We don't believe there is a directory with a list of suppliers so will try to offer one here. Let us know if there is anyone else we should add. Carnevale (1 stop shop with the whole range. Delivers around the UK) Annessa (1 stop shop, now with a good wine list) Prestige Food & Wine Salvo 1968 Amato Food Products Delitalia (Sells Petra ...

  • Trip report from Manchester

    Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    We have just spent a couple of days in Manchester where we visited a couple of show rooms and our friends at Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza. On the way there to make the first leg of the journey more bearable we stopped in Sheffield. We had a quick look on Google and http://napolicentro.co.uk/ seemed the obvious choice. Apart from the 300+ 5 star reviews on Google, sometimes you can just tell from the ...

  • Transitioning from Chef to Pizza Chef

    Posted on Friday, September 10, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Lately we heard of a few pizzaioli that switched from cooking in a professional kitchen to working in a pizzeria. This accidentally coincides with the release of our podcast interview with Gabriele of Pizza Lab in Amsterdam who made the jump himself. Initially we thought we would ask a few of our ex-chef friends about their experience with the aim of collating the info into a blog post, but when ...