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Tony Gemignani


  • 8 Time World Champion Pizza Acrobat
  • 1st Place World Champion Pizza Maker
    07 - World Pizza Cup Naples, Italy
  • 1st Place Roman Pizza
    World Championships of Pizza Makers 2011
    Naples, Italy
  • 1st Place Best of the Best
    World Champion/Master Pizza Maker 2012
    Pizza Expo Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Gold Medal "Squadra Acrobatica " Pizza Olympics - Salsomaggiore, Italy 2007
  • Gold Medal "Squadra Acrobatica " Salsomaggiore, Italy 2006
  • Gold Medal "Team Acrobatic" Las Vegas, NV 2005
  • Gold Medal/1st place Food Network "Pizza Battle" 2005
  • 1st place Icon Estates Pizza Battaglia 2005
  • 1st Triple Crown Winner in Pizza History
  • Gold Cup Pizza Classica - International Pizza Makers Challenge, Lecce,Italy 2008
  • Gold Cup Pizza Teglia -International Pizza Makers Challenge, Lecce,Italy 2008
  • Gold Cup Acrobat - International Pizza Makers Challenge, Lecce,Italy 2008
  • Best Pizza USA - World Pizza Championships, Salsomaggiore, Italy 2008
  • Silver Medal "Team Acrobatic" Salsomaggiore, Italy 2005
  • Bronze Medal "Pizza Acrobatic" Salsomaggiore, Italy 2005
  • Gold Medal / 1st Place Pizza Champions Challenge Food Network 2006
  • Gold Medal / First Place - Master of Champions (ABC TV)
  • Gold Medal/1st place World Pizza Cup Naples, Italy Best Pizza STG/Neapolitan category


Tony's Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton St
San Francisco CA 91433

Scuola Itala ina Pizzaioli USA
International School of Pizza
United States School of Pizza
1570 Stockton St
San Francisco CA 91433

Pizzeria awards:

1st Place Icon Estate Pizza Battle 2005

Top 10 Pizza Destinations in US Travel Channel

Top 100 Independent Pizzerias Pizza Today

Bay Areas Best 1995-2003 & 2005

Top 10 NY Style Pizza Contra Costa Times

Chef of the West Sunset Magazine

Pizza Maker of the Year Diablo Magazine

Best Pizza Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge 2006

Best Pizza East Bay Express 2008


Master Instructor Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli USA

Scuola Italaina Pizzaioli
Certified in: Classic Italian Pizza
Master di Specializzazione: Pizza In Pala
(Pizza by the Meter)

Inducted into Guinness Book World Records:

Biggest Pizza in 2 minutes continuously spinning (36.5 inches) 2006

Most Consecutive Rolls Across the Shoulders in 30 seconds (37 times) 2006

Inducted into the Legends of Pizza 2006


Castro Valley, California

Years in the Industry:

24 yrs

Highlighted TV appearences:

Food Network's "Pizza Battle"

Food Network's "World Pizza Challenge"

Travel Channel's "Top 10 Pizza Destinations"

Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno

Good Morning America


The Today Show

Best Damn Sports Show

Tony Danza Show

Food Network - Glutton for Punishment

Discovery Times

Food Network - Will Work For Food

Talk Soup

Steve Harvey's Big Time

Home & Family Show

Howie Mandel Show

Early Show


Hot Shots

Real TV

Soap Talk

Food Network Extreme Cuisine

Emeril Live Feb 2006


Bay Cafe

California Heartland

ABC Master of Champions

Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge

The Rachel Ray Show

NBC's Identity

International TV appearences:

Gozalo! - Dominican Republic

Pasion Gourmet - Dominican Republic

Chèvere Nights - Dominican Republic

Alfredo's Pizza Acrobatic Show, Bankok, Thailand

HOE?ZO! Belgium, Netherlands

The Generation Game, London, England

Rai TV, Salsomaggiore, Italy

Sabado Gigante - w/ Don Francisco

Blue Peter Show, London, England

Highlighted Performances:

Pizzerelli Pizza Tour - Dominican Republic

Lady & the Tramp 2 World Premiere Party

Grand Opening Animal Kingdom Disney World

Re Grand Opening Tomorrow Land Disneyland

North Beach Festival SF

Alameda County Fair

Winter Carnival Parade St. Paul MN

Francis For Coppolas Celebrity Pizza Toss

SF Giants Pre game show, San Francisco, Ca

Reno Great Italian Festival, Reno, Nevada

Chicago Cubs pre-game show

Camp Quality, St. Louise, MO

Edika Food Show, Munich, Germany

Reno Great Italian Festival

Oakland Jack London Square Festival

West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

Wichita Women's Basketball Half Time Show

Celebrity Waiter Dinner, Covington LA

Minnesota State Fair

National Taste of Pizza New York, NY

San Jose Festa Italiana, San Jose CA

Winter Carnival Parade Minneapolis, MN

Grand Marshal Rowel Ranch Rodeo Parade Castro Valley, CA

Grand Old Day St. Paul, MN

Green Mill Restaurant Grand openings

Palermos Pizza Grand Opening Baton Rouge,LA

US Food Service Show Sacramento, CA

Van Eardon Show - Foremost Farms, MI

Napics Soft Serve & Pizza Show Columbus, OH

Sofo Show Toledo, OH

Presto Food Show, KY

GFS Food Show

Central Valley Lemoore Pizza Festival 2006, CA

Newport Beach Film Festival premiere Pizza the Movie Los Angeles CA

Ghiradelli Chocolate festival SF CA

SF 49ers Pasta Bowl, Santa Clara, CA

Golden State Warriors Half Time Show Oakland, CA

NACUFS 2008 Athens, Georgia

PI Day San Francisco, CA

Pizza Smackdown Napa, CA

Pizza Academy Richmond, Virginia

Golden State Warriors Show Oakland, CA

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Team Sponsors

Formost Farms Hobart PZ-44 Dough Conditioner
Revention Cholula Bag Solutions
Lindsay Olive Company GI.METAL
Roto Flex Ovens Lloyd Industries

Tony's Sponsors

Pepsi Pendleton Flour Mills Cardino's
ProDough USA


2-Millstone Coffee Proctor & Gamble

2-Green Mill Restaurants MN

1-Dolly's Restaurants MI

1-El Dorado Casinos NV

Chef For Hire:

Teaches in many cooking schools in California and Oregon.

Contact for booking information:

Private Cooking events or special appearances Schools:

Draegers (San Mateo)

Draegers (Menlo Park)

Sur la Table (Berkeley)

Sur la Table (San Francisco)

Mugnaini Wood Fired Ovens (Watsonville)

H.A.R.D.Hayward Area Recreational District (CV)

Dacor (San Bruno)

Ramekins (Sonoma Valley)

Andronico's (Danville, Walnut Creek)

Home Chef (S.F., Walnut Creek, San Jose, & Corte Madera)

Cooks, Pots, & Table Tops (Eugene OR)

Cookbook Author

Pizza: More Than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza (Paperback)

by Diane Morgan, Tony Gemignani, Scott Peterson (Photographer)

Available at

Book Description

Team five-time world pizza-throwing champion Tony Gemignani with acclaimed cookbook author Diane Morgan and the result is a cookbook that will turn any home kitchen into the best pizzeria in town. There are over 60 selections on the menu, including the thick, rounded-edge crust of classic Neapolitan pizza Margherita, the thin crust New York?style Italian Sausage and Three Pepper Pizza, and the stick-to-your-ribs, deep-dish kind, smothered in spinach and mozzarella. There are also plenty of new-fangled pizzas: layered with Thai curry flavored chicken or pineapple; cooked on the grill; even quick and easy versions using storebought crust. Aficionados will find six pizza dough recipes ready to suit anyone's crust preferences. Tips for proper use of such related gear as peels, stones, tiles, pans, grills, and ovens make this a complete pizza package. And with step-by-step dough tossing instructions from Tony himself, it's clear: When it comes to pizza?Pizza delivers.

Bio (click to read full bio)

11 Time World Pizza Champion

  • 8 Time World Champion Pizza Acrobat
  • 1st Place World Champion Pizza Maker
    07 - World Pizza Cup Naples, Italy
  • 1st Place Roman Pizza
    World Championships of Pizza Makers 2011
    Naples, Italy
  • 1st Place Best of the Best
    World Champion/Master Pizza Maker 2012
    Pizza Expo Las Vegas, Nevada


Restaurant Owner, Author, Cooking Teacher, Consultant

President of the World Pizza Champions Inc.

2 Time Food Network Gold medallist

2 Time Guinness Book World Record Holder

Born and raised on an apricot and cherry orchard farm in Fremont, California, Gemignani’s childhood was filled with boisterous, family dinners. Growing up, he spent much of his time cooking alongside his mother, who would only use the fruits and vegetables that came straight from the family farm. This culinary philosophy of utilizing only the freshest ingredients has stayed with Tony throughout his life and is reflected throughout his menus.

Gemignani has had a passion for the pizza industry since 1991. His humble beginnings began at his brother’s acclaimed Pyzano’s Pizzeria in Castro Valley. Fresh out of high school, Tony took on the task of a pizza thrower and soon began entertaining the restaurant crowds with his wily tricks. A few years later, he entered into his first pizza throwing competition in Las Vegas and quickly became the top pizza thrower in the world.

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Roto Flex Ovens
SOFO Foods
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