Tony Gemignani
12 Time World Pizza Champion


Tony Gemignani is the chef and owner of thirteen restaurants in Northern California and Las Vegas: Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Capo’s, Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, and three Slice Houses by Tony Gemignani, all in San Francisco; Pizza Rock in Sacramento and Las Vegas; and Slice House by Tony Gemignani in Rohnert Park and Las Vegas.

Born and raised in Fremont, California, Tony Gemignani has received a number of accolades for his impressive pizza making and throwing skills over the past decade. He is the first and only Triple Crown winner for baking at the International Pizza Championships in Lecce, Italy; and, his most prestigious title to date, the 2007 World Champion Pizza Maker at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy, where he was the first American and non-Neapolitan victor. In 2016 he won first place in the Pizza In Pala division at the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy, making him an 12-time world pizza champion.

Tony is president of the World Pizza Champions, and an official U.S. Ambassador of Neapolitan Pizza by the city of Naples, a prestigious title only given to three people in the entire world. He is also the first Master Instructor in the United States from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli and is the proprietor of the International School of Pizza where he certifies chefs from around the world.

Tony has appeared on a number of popular shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Food Network, including taking home the gold medal at the Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge. In an effort to share his talent and passion with aspiring connoisseurs, Tony collaborated with acclaimed cookbook writer, Diane Morgan, on his first cookbook PIZZA, which was showcased on Emeril Live and The Rachael Ray Show. Following the success of PIZZA, he wrote his first children’s book, Tony and the Pizza Champions, a fictionalized telling of a pizza team’s journey to compete in the International Pizza Lovers’ Competition. In October 2014, he debuted The Pizza Bible, the definitive book on pizza.


  • 8 Time World Champion Pizza Acrobat 95,96,97,00,01,05,06,07
  • 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

San Francisco,CA

Tonys Coal Fire Pizza & Slice House
San Francisco, CA

Slice House by Tony Gemignani
680 2nd st San Francisco, CA
2 locations Giants AT&T Park San Francisco, CA
Graton Casino Ronhert Park, CA
GVR Casino Las Vegas, NV
Walnut Creek, CA (coming soon)

Pizza Rock
Sacramento, CA
Downtown Las Vegas, CA
GVR Casino Las Vegas, NV

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Pizzeria awards:

  • Best Pizzeria in America Forbes
  • Top 10 Pizzerias Travel Channel
  • Top Pizzeria USA Today
  • Top 10 Pizzerias in the US Fox
  • Top 10 Pizzerias in US TripAdvisor
  • Top 10 Pizzerias Gayot
  • Top Pizzeria Vegas Seven
  • 1st Place Icon Estate Pizza Battle
  • Top 100 Independent Pizzerias Pizza Today Magazine
  • Bay Areas Best
  • 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


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


San Francisco, California

Years in the Industry:

24 yrs

Highlighted TV appearences:

International TV appearences:

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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  • 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)


The Pizza Bible: The World’s Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more! : by Tony Gemignani

The Pizza Bible: The World’s Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more!

by Tony Gemignani

Order Tony's New Book Today!

A comprehensive guide to making pizza, covering nine different regional styles—including standards like Neopolitan, Roman, and Chicago, as well as renowned pizza sub-specialties like St. Louis and Californian—from chef, 11-time world Pizza Champion, and Guinness world record-holding pizza-spinner, Tony Gemignani. Pizza is one of the world's most well-known and beloved foods, and everyone has their favorite style. In fact, devotion to one particular style is so ubiquitous that most pizza books only cover one or two varieties of pie. But for those who truly love pizza, there's no need to be monogamous. Pizza master Tony Gemignani brings pizza to the people in all its glorious forms, from Chicago deep-dish to paper-thin Roman style. The Pizza Bible is the world's first guide to making all of the major pizza styles, filling a hole in the market and elevating the craft of making pizza to that of bread or charcuterie.

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Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza : By Diane Morgan & Tony Gemignani

Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza

By Diane Morgan & Tony Gemignani

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 store-bought 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.

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Tony and the Pizza Champions : By Tony Gemignani

Tony and the Pizza Champions

By Tony Gemignani

From the eight-time world pizza-tossing champion, this dynamic picture book invites readers to join in the dough-flying fun as Tony and his team of talented pizza-tossers travel to Italy to compete in an international competition. Pizza lovers of all ages will be amazed to get this inside peek into the acrobatic art of pizza tossing, and to see the many diverse ways that the much-loved food can be enjoyed here and abroad. Also included are Tony's famous pizza recipe and step-by-step dough-tossing instructions for those who want to get into the act.

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