Brick Oven Pizza Phenomenon. Yes, it is quite phenomenal how many brick oven pizza places are opening around the country these days with concepts ranging from fast casual chains to buffet concepts, mom and pop joints and even the PI pizza delivery boat in St. Thomas. There are several factors contributing to this sudden expansion in the pizza market and a few that come immediately to mind are: the internet, food networks, pizza schools, revolving brick ovens and youtube. All these factors have made a tremendous difference for the entrepreneur in areas such as knowledge, availability, ease of operation and promotion. Old school pizza business required a lot of legwork because the information, equipment, and recipes were not available to your average person. It is hard for the younger generations to relate to what it took to get started because they never experienced a world without such conveniences as the cell phone never mind the internet. Imagine for a minute having to make all your business calls from a fixed location, none while driving, walking or commuting and if you had to make a call on the road you had to find a coin operated phone booth. Not to mention no answering machines or call waiting so if you missed someone or they were not near a phone you were out of luck for minutes, hours or days till you were able to get hold of them. Those of you over 40 will appreciate this and to those too young to remember those days all I can say is that it made starting a business very hard. Add to that having to come up with dough recipes, hunting down ingredients and equipment by traveling to actual stores and visiting people in business for ideas. No, you couldn’t just click and get a hundred different recipes or a dozen different mixers. How about ovens. Hand built brick ovens were the only game available and good luck finding a reputable builder, a decent price or even the ability schedule construction of the oven in any alignment with your own construction. Now add to that the impossibility of finding a pizza man skilled in working a wood fired brick oven, building codes, wood supplies and you start to get the idea of the logistics, training, and skill that was needed just to start.
Pizza School of New York
Now we have the Pizza School New York and Revolving Brick Ovens. It was unheard of that anyone would give you a dough recipe never mind teach you the business of pizza. The Pizza School New York has not only trained exceptional award winning pizza makers but has helped launch scores of successful pizza places and chains around the world. There is a reason why New York is known as the capital of pizza across the globe. Finally, it was also unheard of to have a brick oven that did not require intense training and skill to operate which then permitted a pizza maker to demand a very substantial salary due to his rare skill. Now you have a revolving brick oven that makes perfect pizza and can be mastered in a day or two. Basically, all these points are driving the generations of entrepreneurs to higher creativity and a much higher success rate than the men and women of even a generation earlier. This time, just may become known as the “Glory Days of Pizza” here in America.