Following a dream to open a pizza restaurant | An interview with Chef Paul Conte whose pop-up can be found, among other places, at Shakewell on Monday’s.
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Chef Paul Conte has worked in restaurants all over the country, but his dream is to open a pizza restaurant. During the pandemic Paul, along with many other chefs, found themselves in a bind. So he decided 7 months ago to finally do his own thing and go for his dream. After 30 years in the business, Chef Paul is working towards his dream, creating his own pizza restaurant or pizza truck.
Starting with a Pizza Pop-Up:
This is the first step. Chef Paul is trying to get the word out to raise money to eventually get a mobile unit and go from there.
What makes Pizzetta Geraldine different?
Chef Paul uses a wood fired oven and big flavors. He uses seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and organic products as much as possible. But what really makes his pizza stand out is what he puts on them. Chef Paul believes in staying true to classics but he’s doing some twists on the classics to stand out a bit.
Has it been challenging chasing your dream?
Absolutely. Chef Paul says being a chef in a restaurant and running a kitchen is one thing but having your own business is very challenging. There’s never a day off and always something to improve. Finding staff is also a challenge.
Want to try Pizzetta Geraldine?
You can find out more on their website at www.pizzettageraldine.com or on instagram @pizzetta_geraldine_1 and every Monday they are at Shakewell on Lakeshore Avenue and he even delivers to The Cat House. Every other Saturday you can find him at Novel Brewing Company.
Go check it out and support Chef Paul!
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