In This Episode
Introduction: Meet Chris Wallace, the mind behind Ozzy’s Apizza. Renowned for his New Haven-style char crust pizza, the episode delves into his journey and unique pizza-making style.
Chris Wallace’s Pizza-Making Journey: Chris, originally from Connecticut, moved to LA and noticed a lack of quality pizza. Learning the art during the pandemic, he transitioned from making pizza at home to having a successful pop-up, gaining recognition and positive reviews.
Motivation and Lessons Learned: Chris is motivated by the joy his pizza brings to people. From a pizza-making failure, he shares a crucial lesson: always ensure your yeast is active. Emphasizing marketing, he stresses the importance of developing a distinct style in the competitive pizza business.
Chris’s Pizza-Making Style and Recommendations: Describing New Haven-style pizza as thin, with robust tomato sauce and a well-done crust, Chris recommends using bread flour for dough. A key tip is investing in a quality pizza peel for a seamless pizza-making experience at home.
Business and Pop-Up Tips: Chris advises starting pop-ups for fun and marketing rather than immediate profit. He shares insights into handling negative reviews and underscores the need for resilience in the pizza business. His advice for pop-up owners includes flexibility, perseverance, and a passion-driven approach.