i had a friend from Marblehead whose family owned the local movie house...beautiful town.
I own a few pizzerias, actually full service restaurants.
Now, I must admit, that there are many guys who wouldn't hire you if they knew that you wanted to open one yourself.....BUT, there are MANY who would. Why?
I hired a guy, a cia grad, with NO pizza experience. But, to me, and many other owners, competition is a good thing....and as you go on with this, you will learn that most of the good ones do things just about the same. This guy I hired went on from learning NH style pizza from me, one other local place and then went to San Antonio to open a VPN certified Neo place called DOUGH. He now has 2 places and was featured on Guy Fieri's DDD on the food channel. See, he went form NADA to now, which I consider a top dog in the pizza world. Why did I hire him? Well, I knew he was gonna open his own place, so I knew:
1. He would work his ass off.
2. He would pay attention to detail, cause its ALL in the detail
3. He would come to work, every single day, with a passion....a passion to do his best, a passion to try and figure out the best way to do things...so maybe he could help ME streamline MY business.
4. He was there TO WORK and TO LEARN.....not to simply make a poor paycheck, punch in, punch out and be on his cell phone most of the time, trying to get together with his buddies at a bar after work.
And I was right. One of the best employees I ever had. And now, HIS THUMBNAIL knows more than me....and Im glad. As a pizzeria owner, he now considers me a former mentor...and I dig that. Shoot, when he comes to town, he ALWAYS stops by to say hi.
Most guys who own places will be glad to hire you, IF the need someone. But not all. I would try the honest approach first. But, if that fails, you go in and simply ask for a job.....none of us have any EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS to almost ANYTHING of what we do...believe me, no matter HOW COOL you think you are....someones done it before you.
One thing, if you have the chance to work somewhere that is really great, tell him or her your plans and tell them you will work FOR FREE. Shoot, look at it as a FREE EDUCATION. This shows the owner that you are SERIOUS about learning. Then, after he or she says yes, be the first one there in the morn and the last one to leave. Do things PRECISELY, ask for more work, come in on your days off, do the little things, sweep, mop, bus tables, clean the parking lot......cause, in reality, those are all things you will be doing when YOURE THE BOSS.
Good luck man.... scott was right. If you can make a great pie, its just like printing money....but with a LOT OF HARD WORK AND SWEAT.
ps: Try and get a job at THE BEST POSSIBLE PLACE YOU CAN FIND that does the type of pizza you want to do......NO MATTER HOW FAR.... Im serious...if you have to dry 100 miles each way.....DO IT. It may be a bitch, but the opportunity to learn from THE BEST is so valuable, that no distance should matter.
PSS: When I first started to learn pizza, I didn't tell the owners anyting of my plans. I was the head chef at ESPN. I worked 45 hours a week. I got hired at a top 10 Connecticut ranked pizza place (I only wanted to work for top 10 places). He needed me full time. I worked from 5:30 in the morning till 1:30 5 days a week at ESPN, so I could fit what the pizza owner wanted a full time guy. So I worked ANOTHER 42 HOURS a week...and THEN, a DREAM opportunity came up to work part time in a place I LOVED, ranked number one in the hartford area. He needed me from 9 am till 11 PM on friday (my day off from espn) and 8 hours on sunday (my only day off). i did that for 3 YEARS........over a hundred hours a week. BUT, I really wanted to learn pizza, I really need to support my family (cooks don't get paid real well, so you gotta work long hours). I did what I have to do. And for me, with a little luck, its paid off. Those three years FLEW by, I was relitively young, so things worked out.
The point is....ITS NEVER TOO MUCH.....when it comes to paying your dues in this business....and because its so difficult: YOU GOTTA LOVE , LOVE, LOVE what you do...or you just wont' have it in ya.
Again, good luck.