How to Start a Pizza Business
One of the most common question I get at Pizza Therapy, is from people who are interested in getting started with the Pizza Business. I finally had to create a page that explained the basics of the Pizza Business and how to start a pizzeria.
Here is my response:
If you really want to learn the pizza business, you need to work at a pizza operation and get to know the business inside and out. Get a job at a pizzeria. Find a pizza place that makes great pizza and start working there! You want to learn to make fantastic pizza! I would think that in about 6 months you would know the operation.
You also will know if making pizza for a living is what you really want to do. Making pizza is difficult, if you are turning out 100-200 pizzas a day. You will work long hours without much rest! You will make a few mistakes, but you will learn from each one!
You need to go to "pizza school" and learn all that you can about making pizza. Talk to successful pizzeria owners. Learn all you can about the restaurant business. Research, study and ask questions! I can not emphasize this point enough! It does seem very romantic to make pizza for people, but understand, it is challenging. The pizza business can be very lucrative but you do have to work, to make it a success!
I have spoken to Gary Bimonte, (co-owner of Pepe's), a number of times about the pizza business. Gary grow up making pizza. He learned the business from his grandfather, Frank Pepe. Gary has stated to me how difficult the business can be. It is a life time commitment! Of course it is rewarding, but you will work long hours to be a success! Hang in there!
We have been approached several times about getting into the restaurant / pizza business. I make a few pizzas a week to share with friends and family. I also do "pizza demos" and that is fun.
I am not sure I want to make pizza full time. (For now, I'll keep my day job!)
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