Yes, the cheese is 100% shredded. I saw the guy adding the cheese, shredded for sure.
We arrived in CBus Thursday night late and the friends we are staying with had Tommy's waiting for us when we got to their house. The pizza was from the UA Tommy's. It had been sitting a while but still tasted wonderful after a day of traveling.
We picked up Ryan from his crib (was cool seeing the place from the videos) and we proceeded to the UA Tommy's. It was just Ryan, my wife and myself for lunch. We ordered a large pepperoni pizza and it came out in about 15 minutes. It was very good. I noticed a sweetness to the sauce and Ryan described it as "bright" I lost my sense of smell about five years ago so my sense of taste is definitely affected but the sweetness stood out. I don't recall the sauce on Tommy's ever standing out like the pizza we had on Friday. Usually, the sauce is a background element with the crust and pepperoni at the forefront. I am pretty sure they use less sauce than the almost 11 oz. Ryan has in his recipe. I am going to go to 9 or 9.5 oz. in my next attempt.
We had a great conversation during lunch and I told my wife that Ryan had "dumpster dived" to get the sauce source and the pepperoni source. So I suggested seeing what we may find if we did a repeat. I rummaged around in the cardboard dumpster and found a cheese box. It is from Bellissimo Foods, and is a smoked whole milk provolone. It is from Wisconsin as well. Bellissimo is a company from Houston. Looking at their web site, they seem to have some high quality pizza products. The pack was 3/12# but it didn't say if it was already shredded. I am guessing Tommy's shreds their own.
That night, we met friends at the campus location. It was a busy Friday night and the difference between the pizza we had for dinner and the one we had for lunch was rather striking. The sauce was almost completely in the background. Didn't taste any sweetness whatsoever. Was still good but the UA pizza was better. The campus Tommy's has their production kitchen downstairs and I "got lost" while going to the bathroom and stumbled upon a bag of flour and I took a quick pic of the bag. The flour is a high gluten pizza flour enriched with malt. 25 lbs. bags. It was from Bellissimo. I couldn't find the product on their website but I am going to dig deeper when I get back home. There is only one distributor in Florida so I am going to contact them and see what I can do to get some of the flour and cheese.
Thanks again to Ryan for his efforts in making Tommy's available to me whenever I feel the need. My rendition and Tommy's are pretty damn close. I'm not even going to buy pizza, freeze it overnight and pack it in my suitcase. Was great meeting Ryan in person. We wish 333Meg could have joined us. Next time for sure!!