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#1 pizzeria in the USA
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:57:36 PM »
A customer came in tonight and shared this with us.  We are the #1 rated pizzeria in the USA on the Yelp system.  This is quite moving as we don't pay to advertise with Yelp, it is totally customer driven, or ask anyone to write a review on us.   We probably have the simplest menu in the USA as well but make sure all our products are solid.  The photo they used wasn't our best but what the heck :) Here are more accurate ones.  Walter

https://www.businessinsider.com/best-pizzerias-united-states-according-to-yelp-2019-10
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Re: #1 pizzeria in the USA
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2019, 04:06:29 AM »
 :o
Congratulations!!!
The pics are already good enough  :drool:
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2019, 09:49:35 AM »
That’s awesome!  Congratulations on your continued success.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2019, 11:51:48 AM »
Kudos!!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2019, 04:27:40 PM »
Thanks everyone!  I know Yelp gets a lot of criticism from the restaurant world but we have had no issues.  If you just simply make a solid product that is consistent coupled with great customer focus very few bad reviews come in.  I get a chuckle out of the bad ones we have gotten because they are so inaccurate.
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2019, 04:42:40 PM »
Nice going Walt!  :chef:
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2019, 06:45:58 PM »
I got the author of the story to change the photo to one of my liking.  Channel 8 Reno is coming in tomorrow to do a story on us and the Yelp award.  Walter
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2019, 08:04:45 PM »
  Congrats!!! I am bummed though. My next door neighbor  went to Reno last week. I told her about your mission and your rave reviews. She is a pizza fanatic. She looked up the Yelp reviews and said she was definitely going to stop by. Well her husband hates pizza and he talked her out of it...He is Italian, go figure?!? She was not happy. I was very much looking forward to hear her gush on how wonderful yours was. I told her today about your latest ranking on Yelp and she gave her husband one of those stink eye looks. Thrilled for your success!!

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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2019, 08:17:36 PM »
Congrats Walter and Judy!

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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2019, 09:18:01 PM »
Walter, this is such an amazing accomplishment.   Way to come back out with a bang after your recovery!!   Most pizzerias or restaurants could not sustain closing for any amount of time and reopen, let alone come back with awards like this.

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Re: #1 pizzeria in the USA
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2019, 10:42:08 PM »
:o
Congratulations!!!
The pics are already good enough  :drool:

thanks and they changed the photo to one that is a better representation of our pies.
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2019, 10:44:08 PM »
That’s awesome!  Congratulations on your continued success.

thanks!  Being onsite with my wife all hours and making the pies makes it easy to be consistent.  Reno allows us to do this where the big cities wouldn't - rent and finding help wise. 
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2019, 10:44:53 PM »
  Congrats!!! I am bummed though. My next door neighbor  went to Reno last week. I told her about your mission and your rave reviews. She is a pizza fanatic. She looked up the Yelp reviews and said she was definitely going to stop by. Well her husband hates pizza and he talked her out of it...He is Italian, go figure?!? She was not happy. I was very much looking forward to hear her gush on how wonderful yours was. I told her today about your latest ranking on Yelp and she gave her husband one of those stink eye looks. Thrilled for your success!!

Too bad she missed us. Maybe her husband would have liked it :)
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2019, 10:49:21 PM »
Walter, this is such an amazing accomplishment.   Way to come back out with a bang after your recovery!!   Most pizzerias or restaurants could not sustain closing for any amount of time and reopen, let alone come back with awards like this.

Thanks Scott  :)  You know  how hard it is to stay consistent.  Great ingredients are easy - just buy them - but having a pie that is the same day in and day out is the challenge.  We took a big financial hit closing but preferred to do that than turn it over to others and see our reputation sink.   Sometimes I dream about bringing our pizza to a big city like NYC or the like but quickly realize we could never do it like we do here.  I don't know how pizzeria owners deal with the continual struggle to find good people, high rents, and cost of living.  I guess you got to be young.  Being in our 60's Reno fits us well.  It is one of if not the fastest growing cities in America and we got in just under the wire.  Today we couldn't afford a home or pizza space.  Timing is everything they say right?  Walter
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2019, 10:20:54 AM »
Congratulations!

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Re: #1 pizzeria in the USA
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2019, 09:57:38 PM »
Wow, amazing and well deserved! Positivity attracts positivity and you are a great example of that fact. Keep it up Walter  :pizza:

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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2019, 10:26:26 PM »
Walter, when I think back only a few years to when you first decided to move across country, start a new life and business, and to succeed so quickly with a dream in your head, simply OUTSTANDING!!! From taking that first step west, to now........you should be very proud!
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2019, 10:37:01 PM »
Congratulations!
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2019, 02:14:04 AM »
25 years ago I had the dream of opening a pizzeria, coffee shop, and bakery, all located next to each other and staffed with people with disabilities.  It has taken this long to get 1 of the 3 off the ground :)  I have no idea what the future holds but I try to dream big. 
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« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2019, 08:09:40 AM »
It’s nice to know that integrity, hard work, and attention to quality still pay off in these crazy times!

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