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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #250 on: February 04, 2016, 01:35:40 PM »
Last night was a night we dream about.  We had NY natives, foodies, the owner of 3 golf courses here in Reno, 2 chef's/pizza makers  from one of Reno's finest restaurants La Strada, Frank Giovanni a well known pizza authority from SF who was with the NV/Northern CA Grande rep, The owners of South Creek Pizza,  and at least 5 groups of repeat customers.  I even played my harmonica and danced some as I made pizzas :-D  It felt like our house with good friends.  We are continually humbled by all the compliments on our food, cause, and ambiance.  I have never felt better in my life and Judy and I feel so lucky to have found Reno.  Walter/Judy
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #251 on: February 05, 2016, 11:41:28 AM »
Here is  a link to a radio interview we did a couple weeks ago.  Walter/Judy
http://www.knewsreno.com/episode/smiling-for-hope/
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #252 on: February 06, 2016, 01:05:45 AM »
 Few photos from tonight which was another good one with people traveling from an hour away to try the pies.  I made a 1/2 & 1/2 ricotta pie and never did that before.  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #253 on: February 06, 2016, 10:48:59 AM »
Walter,

The pizzas look fantastic! I am so happy to read of all your success and all of the people who are coming to visit your pizzeria. I would love to come myself. I think the media exposure that you're getting is going to be really helpful. Please keep posting and letting us know how things are going. We are all rooting for you.

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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #254 on: February 06, 2016, 07:33:24 PM »
Great looking pizzas as always Walter!  I have to say though, I prefer the photos you post that show those with special needs working, learning, building confidence and enjoying the experience your shop has made available to them.  Great radio interview by the way.  Can't wait for the TV interview!         

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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #255 on: February 07, 2016, 01:07:24 AM »
Walter,

The pizzas look fantastic! I am so happy to read of all your success and all of the people who are coming to visit your pizzeria. I would love to come myself. I think the media exposure that you're getting is going to be really helpful. Please keep posting and letting us know how things are going. We are all rooting for you.

Thanks!  Things keep rolling along better than we ever thought.  I try to post updates here but put more time on the Smiling with Hope Pizza facebook page.  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #256 on: February 07, 2016, 01:10:03 AM »
Great looking pizzas as always Walter!  I have to say though, I prefer the photos you post that show those with special needs working, learning, building confidence and enjoying the experience your shop has made available to them.  Great radio interview by the way.  Can't wait for the TV interview!       

I agree :)  Tonight Emma and Cody served about 40 people.  Everyone was smiling.  It is too hard to take pictures during the busy times.  The pizza were early before people showed up.  We are holding off on the TV.  Things are plenty busy with no advertising.  I think the food editor for the Reno paper is getting ready to publish an article on us.  Thanks for your support! Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #257 on: February 07, 2016, 12:31:43 PM »
Here is a Sicilian photo a customer posted on facebook. It captured how they really look.  I am always reluctant to post pictures like the ones I did just a few posts back because the pies look much different than what the camera captured.  We are opening from 1-6pm for the super bowl and have no idea what will happen.  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #258 on: February 07, 2016, 01:22:30 PM »
Probably lots of to-go orders between 12 and 3pm. That Sicilian looks fantastic.
Have a great day, Walter!


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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #259 on: February 07, 2016, 10:16:59 PM »
Probably lots of to-go orders between 12 and 3pm. That Sicilian looks fantastic.
Have a great day, Walter!

Thanks!  We had a great day.  It was busy from 1-3 then a bit at half time and a couple orders before we closed at 6.  Nothing earth shaking but well worth opening for the day.  Tomorrow my best childhood friend comes in and we are off to the Eldorado to meet Mark, the executive chef at the Prospectors Club, for a lunch with him. He is taking us on a tour of the place and to Ivano, the great chef from Italy, who runs La Strada which is on the wall next to Mark's place.  They said come hungry and we sure will  :-D  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #260 on: February 09, 2016, 01:59:17 AM »
My best childhood friend from NJ is up for a visit and we spent the afternoon at the Prospectors Club with chef Mark Granucci who also helps us out at the pizzeria. Mark fed us some of his killer pork roast, rosemary chicken, and pasta, and then gave us a backstage tour of the Prospector club, La Strada and all the kitchens in the Eldorado. It was a fascinating tour. We ended with sitting with Mark, Ivano Centemeri chef at La Strada, and another Italian chef friend of Mark and Ivano, Alberto Gazzola who owns a well know restaurant here in Reno La Vecchia.  We  had as good an expresso as I ever had. I feel so lucky to have made such wonderful new friends here in Reno. It inspired me to get to making pizzas tomorrow! Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #261 on: Yesterday at 04:10:29 PM »
Here is a photo with my childhood NJ friend Steven "the king of Pizza" :-D  We  opened for lunch today and got a decent turnout considering all we did was put a sign in the window with our new hours - Tues-Fri 12-2 and 5-8 and Sat 4-8.  It is bringing back memories of home as we are selling a bunch of slices.  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #262 on: Today at 01:32:31 AM »
Here is our crew from tonight  we have a true gift with Mark Granucci. He is a godsend and has become pretty much a master pizza maker is a few short weeks. His 40 plus years as a top shelf chef shines everyday and our Monday visit to his restaurant "the prospectors club" and La Strada in the Eldorado Casino/hotel was a fascinating experience. He speaks Italian too! Cody is as steady as a swiss watch and always in a wonderful mood. We are continually moved by the outpouring of people to help with the cause. Thanks everyone!! walter/judy
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