Please understand that I'm not picking on you, I mean this in the best possible way.
This is a pretty decent 1st line:
If I have one operating philosophy about life it is this: “Be cool to the pizza delivery dude; it’s good luck.”
This one makes me sleepy
: "I will never cease to be amazed at the artistry, passion and devotion that I am witness to, among meeting some really great pizza obsessed folks."
The first line is arguably the most important line of your piece. Every other line could be sheer genius but it the reader loses interest at the outset, then all is lost.
Yes, I did read that you said it needed tweaking but don't be afraid to toss it out and try another approach. Obviously, I don't know what tone you're looking for for your article so I'll shut up now and leave you alone.
Ok, it's not fair for me to be critical w/o giving you a chance to pick at my line.
So, off the top of my head, if I were gonna re-work your line it would be something like: If Michelangelo took a break from painting the Sistine Chapel and transferred his obsessions to pizza making he’d be right at home with the pizza nerds I know.
I promise not to be offended.