It was about a year and a half ago that I (Ariane) had to give up on writing a blog. So many things change so rapidly at Pizza Carrello, it started to become impossible to make time to write, let alone process the string of changes that evolved around us.
One thing's for sure, we've been working around the clock since the last time we checked in... long long ago. Here's a brief synopsis of some highlights that we thought you might like to know, or we'd at least like to brag about!
We won a freakin' award! The "Entrepreneur of the Year" award by the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce! We were flabbergasted when the envelope was opened and they read our names, and though that was back in 2012, we're still amazed and completely honored!
Rachel and I own the company! We bought out our business partner and dug in our heels, Rachel took the plunge, quit her job and we have been pushing, reinvesting, and reinventing our business ever since.
We have hired some of the greatest people on the planet, who have become like a pizza family to us. We are so proud of them and what they offer our customers that we are working day and night to better their wages, give them benefits, and offer them educational and professional development opportunities that we are hoping will keep them around for a long time and let them know how much we truly appreciate their commitment and dedication to providing the best pizza we can possibly make.
We found a home, and by the way we have a little pizzeria inside of a micro-brewery! Yeah, that happened, it's crazy, and it's working! The Gillette Brewing Company is renting a space to us that allows us to be open regardless of weather conditions, which means that we are now open 7 days a week! We are so excited to be a part of another company's beginning and we're excited to see where this crazy adventure goes next!
We got another oven, and it's pretty darned cute. It's a lot smaller than our first one, and there are things we love, and things we'd love to change about it, but it's doing a good job at the brewery. We will have to make some modifications to it to in order to make it our own, and those ought to be a lot of fun!
We're reviving this blog, like gently breathing life into a smoldering pile of kindling, we're going to get this fire going! I am really excited to share all of the cool things I've learned over the last year and a half about cooking in wood-ovens, and I'm all ready to share the joy. Check back for features on all kinds of cuisine outside of the pizza realm and from within as well. I've been busy, and now it's time to write about it.
So come an' get it, HOT OFF THE PEEL!
Pizza Carrello is building a trailer on which to build a wood-fired pizza oven. This blog documents the progress, struggles and successes of the construction project.