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Meet The Maker

Q&A WITH
GIOVANNI
CES A RANO
KING UMBERTO
ELMONT, NEW YORK

How long have you been
making pizza?
I've been making pizzas for
20 years. I started when I was
16 years old. It was a busy holiday
weekend and a pizza guy was a no
show. My dad threw me on the line
and I really never looked back.
Why pizza?
Pizza is the only thing that can
always put people in a good mood.
Whether I'm eating or serving pizza
it always puts a smile on my face as
well as my customers.
What's your favorite pizza
style to make and why?
I've recently fell in love with
pizza in pala aka, our metro pizza.
It's a Roman-style pizza which
has high hydration and three-day
ferment. I love making it because
it's challenging. From making and
rolling the dough to the stretch and
bake technique, there's nothing
easy about it. Once you nail it, it's
so much fun and you can get very
creative with toppings.
How did you learn your
craft?
My father, Nicola "Ciro" Cesarano
came from Napoli already with
some great methods so I was very
lucky and blessed to have him in my
life. His style is very "touch and feel"
- no measurements. I also took it
upon myself to take classes at Keste
pizza academy and learn under the
legendary Roberto Caporuscio and

his daughter, Giorgia. The biggest
help of all for me has been the
great pizza community. People like
John Arena, Michele Dameglio, Will
Grant, Derek Sanchez, Vince Rotolo
and so many more have been
helpful in my learning process.
What's been your biggest
challenge with pizza dough
and how did you solve it?
Our biggest challenge with
our dough was controlling the
temperature and finding out exactly
when it hits "peak time". Luckily four
years ago King Umbertos invested
in some new equipment, including
a temp-controlled dough room.
As a next-generation
pizza maker, what have you
been able to bring to King
Umberto's pizza?
Luckily at King Umbertos I have
some great partners who let me
experiment with new products.
I recently introduced an awardwinning gluten free Sicilian-style
pizza which took home first place
in the 2018 Caputo Cup. And as
mentioned before, a Roman-style
pizza which took home second place
in the 2019 Caputo Cup. These new
products have helped increase sales.
Also having grown up during the
Facebook/Instagram era I think I
have a good understanding how to
use our social media and turn that
into business. That has been a plus.

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Pizza Today - December 2019
Commentary
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Meet the Makers
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Pos System Training
Rad Appetizers
Baby Boomer Employees
2020 Menu Guide
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthly Tip
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Cover2
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Contributors
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Meet the Makers
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Conversation
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