The Midwest Culinary and Acrobatic Trials

Marra Forni is a proud sponsor of the Groupon US Pizza Team and have two extraordinary chefs we would like to congratulate for placing in the Midwest Culinary and Acrobatic Trials at Panino’s Pizzeria. The US Pizza Team was founded in 2000 with the goal of bringing competition and excitement to the pizza industry.  They have participated in an international event every year, most frequently at the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy. On June 13th, fifteen pizza chefs from coast to coast competed in Panino’s Midwest Culinary and Acrobatic Trials for a grand prize trip to Italy with the U.S. Pizza Team.

Michael P. LaMarca will be on his way to Italy after his first place win for his “Fig-It about It” Pie. LaMarca is the chef at Master Pizza in Chagrin, Ohio. where he regularly cooks up innovative pizza recipes. Last year he won the third national title “Best Pizza in America” at the Slice of Americana Competition.

Ali Haider of 786 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza Co. snatched up a close second place. He’s also no stranger to winning pizza team competitions. Just this January he placed second for his NY Style pizza in the USA Caputo Cup Pizza Competition.

We are happy to recognize these outstanding pizzaiolos and can’t wait to hear more of their future successes.



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