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The Best Pizzeria In America

Nothing inspires foodie passion quite like pizza, one of the world’s most popular yet varied dishes. But because different people have different tastes and emphatic preferences in crusts, cheeses, toppings, shapes and even cooking fuel sources, there can be no such thing as the “best pizza.” But pizzerias are another story altogether, and America does have a best pizzeria, Tony’s in San Francisco, and it is so good I can’t think of a close second – except maybe Tony’s satellite locations.

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Tony Gemignani brings his pizza empire to AT&T Park today with Slice House

AT&T park visitors have yet another option for high-end concession fare, starting today.

Celebrated pizza maker Tony Gemignani is bringing a selection of his New York-style pizza by the slice to the ballpark with Slice House by Tony Gemignani.

The outpost is the eighth pizza-centric San Francisco restaurant from Tony Gemignani Restaurant Group. It includes Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Tony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Slice House, and Capo’s. It also has Tony’s of North Beach and Tony’s Slice House in Rohnert Park, Pizza Rock Sacramento and Pizza Rock Las Vegas.

Tony’s Slice House will open on the View Level, Section 314, offering only cheese or pepperoni initially, at $6.50 a slice, but future menu items will include Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich and Stromboli. A selection of beer is also available.

Gemignani is at the top of his game, with a new cookbook coming out in October, called “The Pizza Bible,” and a few planned restaurants in Las Vegas, where he already has Pizza Rock. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana was recently named “best pizzeria in America” by Forbes.

Slice House joins an already long list of gourmet options at AT&T park, including the recently opened edible garden, as well as more exclusive dining options like The Clubhouse, available only to people who enroll in a $2,500 membership to The Gotham Club at the park.

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Guinness World Record for Pizza Tosses Shattered by Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Beating the previous Guinness World Record for 250 pizzas tossed, Tony’s Pizza, with the help of local kids and families, tossed 263 pizzas on Saturday, June 28.

The 12-inch pizzas were required to have been tossed for at least a minute in order to qualify to beat the record.

With a street in North Beach covered in flour and dough, there were also raffles in which the proceeds went to Family House SF, an organization that specializes in helping children with cancer and their families. The benefit and challenge was both in celebration of the restaurant’s fifth anniversary.

Besides tossing pizzas, participators also played with their food and even gave it a taste.

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Raising Dough with Tony G

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, invited the Guinness Book of World Records to witness Tony and crew, along with 300 local children and chaperones, simultaneously toss pizza dough to set the record of the most people tossing pizza dough.

Attendees witnessed pizza acrobatics from World Pizza Acrobatic Thrower Siler Chapman, and had the opportunity to get in on exciting raffles and giveaways.

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RwR: Italian Heritage Night

Rachel visits Tony’s Pizza in North Beach and gets a lesson in pizza making from owner and Chef Tony Gemignani.

Great American Bites: Is the USA’s best pizzeria in San Francisco?

The scene: In recent years, dozens of places have sprung up nationwide claiming to make authentic Neopolitan pizza under the regulations of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), or Real Neapolitan Pizza Association, a group that essentially licenses pizzerias worldwide and tries to preserve the strict pizza-making traditions of Naples, birthplace of the food. Before this trend, restaurants all over rolled out “New York-style” pizzas, and chains like California Pizza Kitchen took California-style pizza nationwide. But as far as I know, in spreading the pizza gospel, no one has ever attempted anything quite so audacious as Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.

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