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No Sign of “Peak Pizza” as Domino’s Posts Unprecedented Growth

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Midland Park NJ, Domino’s Pizza Inc. served up some impressive results on Monday, benefiting from its collaboration with Uber Eats, revamped loyalty program, and strategic marketing efforts, which propelled global sales up by over 5% across its vast network of 20,000+ locations worldwide. This performance defied the broader trend of sluggish sales in the fast food industry, sparking an 8% surge in DPZ shares.

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Yesterday was National Pizza Day: A Slice of Culture and Flavor

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Ridgewood NJ, National Pizza Day, celebrated annually on February 9th, is a joyous occasion cherished by pizza lovers worldwide. It’s a day to revel in the delectable flavors, diverse toppings, and rich history of this beloved culinary delight. In this essay, we’ll delve into the significance of National Pizza Day and explore some fun facts that make pizza a cultural icon.

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Glen Rock icon, John “John’s Boy” Porco, who passed away on April 8th

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock icon, John “John’s Boy” Porco, who passed away on April 8th. He was the owner of John’s Boy Pizzeria.

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Saddle River NJ, Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead had pizza purists yelling molto bene when the show delivered a reprimand to ignorant Pizza Hut eaters: Never, ever, put pineapple on a pizza. 


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Technological Breakthrough : the Pizza bot

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Paris France , Pazzi Pizzeria is a restaurant in Paris where customers can watch their pizzas being made by a team of robots. It took eight years to develop the pizza bots. The robots ensure a consistent product. They are remotely monitored and can be manually controlled to fix any issues. The restaurant opened last week and it plans to expand internationally.

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Tesla Inc. Buys $1.5 billion in Bitcoin


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Ridgewood NJ,  Laszlo Hanyecz said he wouldn’t spend his Bitcoins on a Tesla. Laszlo Hanyecz knows what he’s talking about, in 2010, Hanyecz paid 10,000 Bitcoins, worth about $446 million at current prices, for two pizzas.

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National Pizza Pie Day 2020 in United States


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Ridgewood NJ, today is National Pizza Pie Day 2020 in United States. New Jersey’s official Twitter account has started yet another food fight with a bold tweet declaring itself “the pizza capital of the world.”

Yes, the world — as in, New Jersey thinks they have better pies than both New York and Italy. This is the second time the account has gone viral for trying to scrap with regions that arguably have already claimed a superior title. Last month, the official Twitter account questionably declared itself “Bagel capital of the world.”

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National Pizza Week 2019 runs January 13th to the 19th


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Ridgewood NJ, if you are still recovering from the holidays and all the cooking involved, pizza just might be the solution. Low-effort and very shareable, it’s the answer to the mid-January, post-holiday gloom.

The second full week of January (Jan. 13 to 19 this year) just happens to be National Pizza Week.

Here is a list of some local places to help you celebrate National Pizza Week .

1. S. Egidio
(201) 389-3525
17 N Broad St

2. Brooklyn’s Coal Burning Brick Oven Pizza
(201) 493-7600
15 Oak St

3. A Mano
(201) 493-2000
24 Franklin Ave

4. Santoni’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
(201) 389-6810
88 Godwin Ave

5. Renato’s Pizza
(201) 652-3554
36 S Maple Ave

6. Puzo’s Family Restaurant
(201) 445-3332
16 W Ridgewood Ave

7. John’s Boy Pizzeria
(201) 652-8188
206 1/2 Rock Rd

8. Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
(201) 251-1199
234 Rock Rd

9. The Best of Everything
(201) 670-7575
29 Oak St

10. Stella Artisan Italian
(201) 857-2677
18 E Ridgewood Ave

11. Garbo’s Italian Deli & Liquors
(201) 652-4494
7 Sheridan Ave

12. Felina Restaurant & Bar
(551) 276-5454
54 E Ridgewood Ave

13. Park Wood Deli
(201) 689-0855
342 Erie Ave

14. Pizzaiolo by Brothers
(201) 444-4944
85 Godwin Ave

15. The Sicilian Sun
(201) 444-3494
604 North Maple Ave

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Pizza is a Healthier Breakfast than Cereal ?


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January 31,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Looking to start your day off with a nutritious meal? As we had long suspected , according to blogger and dietitian Chelsey Amer forget Cheerios,  reach for a slice of pizza. While Amer falls short of calling pizza a new super food .On Monday, the blogger and dietitian Chelsey Amer caused a stir when she told the Chicago Tribune that a greasy slice of pizza is healthier than a bowl of cereal with milk.

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” Amer said. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

Amer acknowledges that pizza isn’t necessarily a health food, but maintains that it’s a more balanced meal than a typical bowl of sugar flakes.

Pizza Options in Ridgewood , Glen Rock and Ho Ho Kus include : La Bella Pizza ,Brooklyn’s Coal Burning Brick Oven Pizza , Renato’s Pizza , Santoni’s Pizzeria and Restaurant , A Mano, Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta , Puzo’s Family Restaurant , John’s Boy Pizzeria , and The Sicilian Sun .

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Customers are welcomed to taste, learn and explore from an Italian artisan showcase

March 16,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Kings Food Markets (Kings) is excited to take its customers on an authentic culinary journey through the regions of Italy with an eight-day tasting and entertainment event called Piazza Italia, beginning March 31. The exclusive showcase will recreate a traditional Italian market, or “piazza” across 12 Kings’ stores, featuring a collection of hand-curated products that customers will be welcomed to sample and learn about directly from the Italian artisans. The showcase will feature 25 artisans from 12 regions across Italy, bringing over 75 products for customers to explore including traditional products spanning centuries of history, alongside innovative concepts that will intrigue and please even the most discriminating palates.
“At Kings, we’re always looking to delight our customers with new and authentic options,” said Judy Spires, chairman and CEO of Kings Food Markets. “Our passion for food is what drives us and programs like Piazza Italia are what inspire us. We can’t wait to share this inspiration with our customers and give them the opportunity to taste the highest quality products and engage with these skilled Italian artisans.”

Featured products, hand selected from almost 100 producers, will feature:

·         Olive oils from four different Italian regions including Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria and Apulia

·         Giusti Balsamic Vinegars, the oldest producer of balsamic vinegar established in 1605

·         Rich and succulent specialty sauces direct from Sicily

·         Genuine artisanal pasta from different Italian regions including Marche, Campania and Apulia

Additional Italian delights will be available: marinated vegetables, decadent sweets including chocolates, cookies and coffee/tea. There will even be a selection of craftsman ceramic dishes as well as pots and pans to purchase. Kings customers’ will have the opportunity to vote on the top artisan products to bring to its stores and enter to win one of four $250 gift cards, creating yet another exclusive offering with a brand new line of Italian goods.

To celebrate this distinctive showcase, Judy Spires, chairman and CEO of Kings Food Markets, will kick off the event with an opening ceremony that includes Francesco Genuardi, the General Consul of Italy in New York, as well as partners of Italian Products USA at 11:00 a.m. in the Kings’ Short Hills, NJ location. Following the ceremony and throughout the eight-day event, customers will be able to enjoy:

·         An operatic flash mob with young promising talents on the rise

·         Two centuries of Italian Music with the musical duo Kristine Massari and Enrico Granafei

·         A musical Grand Finale with the Ron Aprea Big Band

Customers will also be able to meet Rossella Rago, the star of the Cooking with Nonna Show, and listen to Julia della Croce, distinguished as one of America’s best cooking teachers and food historians by the James Beard Foundation, talk about the regional differences of pastas and sauces as well as the traditional sweets of Easter. The Kings Short Hills Cooking Studio will also be offering an Italian Boot Camp Class, on Friday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the class can be purchased at

To help shoppers learn more, Kings will have information posted on its site beginningMarch 17, sharing specific times and locations for each of the in-store events occurring during the eight-day artisan showcase, here: www.kingsfoodmarkets/Italian. Additionally, customers can look to take part in the conversation in real-time on Kings’ social media channels via Twitter (@KingsFoodMkts) and Facebook (

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The Story of Santoni’s Pizzeria

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photo Vegan personal pizza with fresh portobello mushrooms, sautéed spinach and garlic, broccoli, green peppers, basil with avocado and hemp seeds!

Tuesday Special 2 Large Pizza’s for $15.95  and Wednesday Special ! Large Pizza choice of Wings, antipasto or mussels  $14.95 (After 3pm)

December 8,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Santoni’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant in Garfield was founded in 1988 by Ed Lewer and Joe Parillo. Both coming from a vast variety of restaurant experience they set out to create mouthwatering food using only freshest ingredients and the highest quality products. Santoni’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant was an instant hit and over the years has become a staple in the town of Garfield. Ed and Joe believed in not only providing a great product as a key to their success but staying involved in the community. For decades they have been highly involved in the community. Santoni’s has sponsorship many fundraising events, nonprofit organizations, and various town sports teams. This community involvement led the business to win Business of the Year in 1994.

Santoni’s Pizzeria has always been a family run and operated business. Joe and Ed’s sons worked in the pizzeria since they young kids and are continuing their father’s principles and philosophy.  In 2013, Santoni’s opened its second location in Ridgewood, NJ with the same idea and principles in mind. Since the grand opening Santoni’s has been an instant success in town and has won several awards for best pizza in Ridgewood voted in a blind tasting by the Ridgewood High School pizza club.

Much more than just another pizza joint, Santoni’s embodies what your favorite neighborhood pizzeria should be– A warm, welcoming place where you can have a delicious meal with your friends and family. We pride ourselves on making the only best quality food while using only the freshest ingredients. Santoni’s aims to be your favorite neighborhood pizzeria and restaurant.

Everyone should order pizza from Santonis Pizzeria and Restaurant at 88 Godwin Avenue. This guy has really gotten the shaft from the NIMBY’s in his neighborhood; his business has been unjustly and unfairly affected by the privatization of precious Pomander Walk. His food is delicious, and he is a really nice guy who is just trying to run his business.   Call 201-389-6810  Show him that the rest of Ridgewood is filled with nice people who appreciate good food and hard-working shop owners.

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Ridgewood Council Meeting : Pomander Walk war, Pizza,a Central Valet plan, the “Financial Advisory Committee”, Hauck Speaks for Seniors , parking and by-laws

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December 8,2016

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Ten points to ponder from the Village Council Work Session of December 7

  1. The Pomander Walk war continues, with people from all sides arguing loudly about why parking should or should not be permitted on this PUBLIC STREET. The Sherman Place residents are totally disgusted that all the cars are now on their street. The Pomander Walk people are as happy as can be with their private street.  For now Pomander remains no parking, but a study is commencing that will assess the entire neighborhood in terms of parking, safety, traffic flow, etc.
  1. Everyone should order pizza from Santonis Pizzeria and Restaurant at 88 Godwin Avenue. This guy has really gotten the shaft from the NIMBY’s in his neighborhood; his business has been unjustly and unfairly affected by the privatization of precious Pomander Walk. His food is delicious, and he is a really nice guy who is just trying to run his business.   Call 201-389-6810  Show him that the rest of Ridgewood is filled with nice people who appreciate good food and hard-working shop owners.
  1. FORMER (with emphasis on the former) Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck showed up to speak about seniors and to refresh everyone’s memories that she is the savior of all elderly residents. And she indicated that seniors cannot really manage using UBER, you know, because they are old and addled.
  1. A grant is being applied for to finally get the N. Walnut St. lot remediated.  Kudos to this council for getting this going.Wonder if a parking deck could go there?5. Councilman Voigt presented a detailed spreadsheet itemizing the restaurants, numbers of employees, numbers of seats in the restaurants, and more.  He entitled it Councilman Voigt’s Parking Analysis…..just to make sure that everyone knows that he did this.  Listening to him one might have the impression that several hundred cars are prowling the streets of Ridgewood on Saturday nights looking for a parking space, which we all know is far from reality.  The mayor indicated that more than a year ago a request was made of the Chamber of Commerce to provide the information presented in Councilman  Voigt’s document.  The Chamber would not, or at least did not, provide this information; what was with the Chamber’s lack of cooperation?  Paul Vaggianos???
  1. Deputy Mayor Sedon talked about smaller parking garage options for Hudson.   A long-ago, quickly discarded plan that actually fit on the Hudson Street lot was dug out of the archives, and is now being revisited.Father Ron of Mt. Carmel was contacted and his position reportedly remains the same (not too big, not too intrusive, not messing up the traffic flow, not removing street parking by the church).  Question:  if they are remediating North Walnut, why not put a garage there?
  1. Councilman Hache talked of all the parking improvements that are being made. The Central Valet plan is moving forward, which will enable people to leave their cars and go shopping, dining, whatever they wish. Drivers will not be restricted to just going to a certain restaurant, but will have the freedom to go anywhere in town.  There are plenty of spaces where the valet cars will be parked….including Cottage Place…..because, you know, there ARE plenty of parking spaces in Ridgewood if you are willing to walk a block or two.  Councilman Hache also indicated that signs now direct people to lots, a huge and simple improvement.  Enforcement is being stepped up to keep employees of the shops from parking on the streets.  Lower-priced parking will be available at the Cottage and Walnut lots, with blocks of spots designated just for employees.  The UBER-at-the-train plan is still underway, but it promises to be a congestion problem since no area has been assigned for all the anticipated cars.
  1. Mayor Knudsen suggested that the missions and bylaws of boards and committees be reviewed.  Some have cumbersome bylaws.  Some have none.  Some overstep beyond the original intent.  Some, most notably the Financial Advisory Committee, border on performing management functions.  While the volunteer efforts of committee and board members is greatly appreciated and was duly acknowledged, the fact remains that these hard-working individuals need guidelines under which to function. This resulted in an angry, nasty, vituperative outburst from Councilman Voigt, who made wild accusations about Mayor Knudsen.   One could close one’s eyes and think, for a horrifying moment, that the angry quartet of Aronsohn-Pucciarelli-Hauck-Sonenfeld had returned to the dais.  Really, Mr. Voigt, cool your jets.  You were obnoxious and completely inappropriate and you came off as a total jerk.  In particular, Mr. Voigt was desperately defending the Financial Advisory Committee, just going on and on about it.  Paraphrasing Shakespeare…….methinks thou dost protest too much.  Who is pulling your strings to protect the FAC with such venom??? (and the Jeopardy answer to that question is……).  The other four elected officials (you know, the four that are level headed and do not have people behind the scenes telling them what to do) agreed that Mayor Knudsen’s suggestion is valid and that the review of committee and board bylaws will be worthwhile…..all while Councilman Voigt continued to spew his objections.  A template for committee bylaws will be developed, thus providing a framework for each group.
  1. The Ridge School Traffic Study was presented.  Could the subject of sidewalks on Clinton Avenue be reading its head once again?
  1. No word from Mr. Halaby, guessing he was not there or surely he would have pontificated. Former candidate and current FAC member Evan Weitz was clearly visible on camera…..maybe he is planning to run again in 2018?
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RHS Band

RHS MARCHING BAND INVITES MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICIANS TO PRACTICE, PIZZA AND PLAY: Student musicians in grades seven and eight are invited to practice with the RHS Marching Band on Friday, September 30, enjoy dinner together with the band, and then play at the football game that evening. RSVP to RHS Marching Band Director John Luckenbill by Wednesday, September 28 (201-670-2800, ext. 20744 or