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QUA PIZZA

Manasquan, New Jersey
PIZZERIA PORTOFINO
Chicago, Illinois

Qua Pizza is a new pizza shop
on the Jersey shore capitalizing
on the trending and classic
Roman-style pizza featuring
its light, crunchy and flavorful
square pizza. "Our pizza and
fun atmosphere is what makes
us stand out the most," says
Cristina Varriale. "Can't forget
our homemade meatballs...
everyone goes crazy over them!
We have a history of running
both old school pizzerias and
high-end restaurants and our

vision for Qua was to blend the
two giving people a place they
can eat affordable and all fresh
house made food every night of
the week."
A best seller is the Parmigiana
with lightly fried eggplant,
mozzarella, tomato sauce and
fresh basil. Another favorite
is the Cacio e Pepe, a pizza
bianca topped with Pecorino
Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano,
mozzarella and black pepper.
Being a young pizzeria during

an international crisis, Varriale
says, "We quickly adapted
to the circumstances by
implementing additional safety
procedures and social distancing
measures for pickup. We
introduced 'take and bake' pies
created to allow people to pick
up during off peak hours, added
family-style entrees to our
menu, offered a 20-percent
discount on all pizzas ordered
online and donated to local
essential workers."

The chic pizzeria received good
news during the quarantine that it
was named Best New Restaurant
by the Chicago Tribune. During
Chicago's dining restrictions,
Portofino temporarily closed,
launched a limited pickup and
delivery pop-up serving its
artisan pizza, spritz kits and
other specialty items. A family
meal included Caesar salad,
margherita pizza, Pugliese Pizza
(with crumbled fennel sausage,
chili flakes, rapini and Pecorino),
Baked Rigatoni Amatriciana and
tiramisu. There is also the Due
Funghi with roasted mushrooms,
mozzarella and porcini crema. Its
hip, downtown location includes
boat access on the Chicago River.

BLUEBIRD PIZZERIA
San Leandro, California
Bluebird has garnered a solid
takeout reputation in the Bay
Area amidst the COVID-19
pandemic. It's a straightforward spot with pizza, salads
and cannoli, that's it. The
pizza is New York style with a
broad array of pies with several
meatless and vegan options.
The Kellie Grrrl is topped with
mushrooms, green olives,
Calabrian chilies, ricotta sauce,
mozzarella and ricotta. Vegan
pies are extra saucy with no
cheese. The Heart of Glass
features artichoke, mushroom,
piquante peppers and spinach.

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Pizza Today - July 2020
Commentary
Digital
Conversation
Mike’s Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Upselling Carryout
COVID-19
Reducing Costs
Summer Tomatoes
Summer Greens
Summer Salads
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Product showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Expo Spotlight
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