Thanks for the kind words Tony and giotto. The new place will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'm so fortunate for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The owner has a high end deli and wine beer and liquor store in the heart of Heritage Hill, a near downtown historic neighborhood. There are many old and beautiful homes and apts. in the area as well as a few schools, colleges and churches, but very few other businesses. The bakery-pizzeria will occupy a small (15'x36') portion of an old but restored brick building adjacent to the deli and will be takeout only. I was the head bread baker at another small bakery (www.wealthystreetbakery.com
) and was hired to design and open this new place last month. Thankfully the Historic Preservation Commision just gave us the 'okay'! The bakery that I baked bread at also made pizza in the evenings but the owners really didn't put much care into it and the pizza should have been much better (given their great equipment, including a gorgeous hearth oven.)
Any way, my new boss is a classy guy, committed to making the best bread and pizza around. I used to sell his store bread from the bakery that I used to own years ago, and have known him for 20 years or so. He wants to make traditional Neapolitan style pizza. He knows that I'm good at making bread but have little professional experience with pizza (though I used to make great focaccia every day). I chose the Miwe for several reasons. It has a small footprint, it has granite decks, it is manufactured to exacting standards by a great German company, it has full and independent steam for each deck, and it looks great. Everything in this place has to look nice because it will all be in full view of the customers. My new boss has deep pockets and is in it for the long-term.
So, I gotta get busy learning how to make a good pizza!! At home I heat up my 40 lb. slab of 1" granite for four hours in my cheap electric oven before I slide a pie on. So far my creations have been okay but nothin' I'd be willing to sell! Luckily I've found this great site!