We want to congratulate Tribute Pizza in North Park on winning the best pizza variety in San Diego Magazine. Last week we stopped by Tribute Pizza to talk with the owner, Matthew Lyons and taste his pizza. Since opening in 2016, Tribute has expanded it’s menu and added brunch options on the weekends.
We really enjoyed the pizza and what impressed us most was the fresh out of the oven focaccia. Here is a photo of Irene with our Dirty Dancin’ pizza.
Tribute has a large space, we didn’t have to wait at all, we chose to sit on their outside patio. As you can see from the photo, we rode bikes, there was bike parking in the rear and we chose to just lean our bikes next to the patio since we didn’t bring locks.
If you want to check out an event on August 18th, you can see Tribute serving pizzas out of a wood-fired mobile oven at the San Diego Magazine Best of Party. We definitely like what Matthew and his team have done at Tribute, stop by when you get a chance and be sure to try the Focaccia!
We’ve found that people who like riding pizza, love to eat pizza. Our first event back in the spring of 2014 was a stop on Ride the Rockies, a week long ride all over Colorado. We really didn’t know what to expect, and at first nobody was coming over to buy our pizza. Once our first pizza was ordered, word of mouth spread and soon, we had a big line with hungry cyclists eager to fill up on our fresh pizza. Since it was our first event, we didn’t really have our ordering system down so, things were a bit chaotic for a while until we figured out our plate and line system.
We ended up selling out of pizza that first day after cooking more than 200 pizzas in just a few hours, what a way to start out!
Our crew of friends celebrate after a big first day of pizza.
Our first event made the local paper!
Pacific Pizza’s founder, Sean Durkin has always been an avid bike rider and is happy to make pizza for hungry cyclists. We have served pizza at the Great Western Bicycle Rally for the past three years and also the St. Paddy’s Day Palomar Punishment Ride. Check out this great article on the best cycling charities.
Serving Pizza with two generations of Durkins at the Great Western Bicycle Rally
We are looking forward to our next bike event on August 27th. We are partnering up with the San Diego Bicycle Coalition to serve pizza at the 10th annual Bike the Bay Ride. We will be serving pizza in the VIP area. Check out the LA Times story on Bike the Bay.
Cyclists get unique yearly chance to ride over the Coronado Bridge!
These guys are coming to Bike the Bay
We are always looking for more ways to bring together cycling and pizza, check out our Facebook page for our upcoming events and news.
Usually we think of pizzas in sizes of inches. At Pacific Pizza, we make 11″ pizzas at breweries and small events and then 16″ pizzas at our larger events.
Just recently there was a pizza made, not in inches, not in feet, not in yards but in miles….1.2 miles to be exact. The record for the longest pizza made ever was just set in June 2017, you can check out the full article here:
Did you know that the International Pizza Expo is coming to Las Vegas on the last week of March 2017? For the first time, Pacific Pizza will be coming to the Pizza Expo to get more information on how to make our pizza even better.
The Pizza Expo has been going on for 33 years and features everything you can possibly think about regarding pizza.
International Pizza Expo is one of the most happening food sector trade shows in America. The show is organized at the Las Vegas Convention Center and boasts of participation figures in excess of 11000 at each of its editions. The networking and brand building opportunities available at the show are ample and informative conferences and seminars are also organized here. Different types of pizzas, baking equipments, pizza making supplies, ovens, pizza utensils and other related items are put on exhibit at the show and cooking demonstration sessions are organized during the event as well. Participants are helped to get acquainted with viable business strategies and marketing tactics at the Power Panels that are scheduled at the event, while exciting pizza games and competitions are hosted here too. The show is attended by over 450 exhibiting companies and eminent chefs and pizza experts are invited to the event too. More than 75 educational sessions are also held here.
Stay tuned to see what we come up with for Pacific Pizza for 2017
We’ve known through experience why wood-fired pizza is superior, but we were curious as to why. Is it the temperature? Maybe it’s the wood flavor? Perhaps seeing your pizza cook in the oven is the key.
We did some research and found out what the top five benefits to wood-fired pizza are:
- Wood-Fired Ovens Cook Pizza Quickly
- Wood-Fired Ovens Boost Food Flavor
- Wood-Fired Ovens Help Food Retain Nutrients
- Wood-Fired Ovens can Fulfill Other Cooking Purposes
- Wood-Fired Ovens Save Energy
Recently, one of our customers talked about his experience at Scott’s Pizza Tours in New York City. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the pizza tour. It turns out that Scott and his staff will take you to three to four pizza places depending on the tour and, show you the secrets to making pizza and find out why those Ninja Turtles get their strength from NYC pizzas.
Scott compares two different slices
Scott has five different walking tours and also a bus tour depending on the pizza you want to try. Has anyone else been on this tour, let us know what you learned.
The pizza tour bus
If you want even more information, check out Scott’s blog here.
This August, I visited Washington, DC. Most people don’t think of DC when they are craving pizza but, there is one place you have to go if you visit. Two Amys has been a favorite in DC for over 15 years!
There are many new places popping up in DC but Two Amys is my favorite, the crust is simply amazing. Two Amys preserves their crust by allowing the customer to cut their own pizza. That first bite is the best!
If you are looking for the “best of the best in jumbo slice, look no further than Duccini’s Pizza in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. There are no fewer than five options but Duccini’s is the best.
Wherever you go, there seems to be great pizza these days but, nothing beats a wood-fired oven!
Today, I stopped by Tribute Pizza in North Park and I was able to get a sneak preview of their delicious pies! I’ve known the owner Matt for some time and have been waiting not so patiently for Tribute to open.
One of the first Tribute “test pizzas”
Matt wouldn’t give me a firm date on the official opening of Tribute Pizza but I will be returning for more pizza!
Really wood fired!
Tribute has real plates!
If you are looking for some of the best wood fired pizza in San Diego, check out Tribute. If you want wood fired pizza catered at your event, check out Pacific Pizza.
It’s really fun to serve pizza at parties, we have had some fun parties so far this year. We had a 1st birthday party and an 80th birthday party and a few in between. Graduation parties have been a hit as well as a wedding and much much more. Please let us know what you have planned and we can help with the pizza part!
Three generations of Aztecs!
My good friends Andy and Daemon are representing California Swim Run this May, they are training for the Utö SwimRun race on May 29th. The race is held just off the cost of Stockholm, Sweden and covers 45k of swimming and running. These seasoned athletes don’t eat pizza everyday but they realize that athletes can eat pizza and still perform at a high level
Check out this Men’s Health article on “Why Fit Guys Can Still Eat Pizza”
At Pacific Pizza, we use a thin crust with quality ingredients that won’t leave you feeling uncomfortably full. We want you to enjoy your pizza weather you are at a brewery, beer festival, birthday party or other private event.
We hand toss all of our pizzas and stretch the dough just right so you get a crispy crust which will hold up under it’s own weight. So no matter what your sport, pizza can still be a treat to enjoy from time to time.
Founder, Pacific Pizza
Rower, paddler, cyclist, SwimRun athlete and much more!
HanoHano Outrigger Canoe Novice Champions 2016