Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Eat Local: Milwaukee's Own Pizza Company

It's almost time for the 2013 Milwaukee Eat Local Resource Fair, and we're getting excited. So, we've decided to feature some of the vendors who will be present at the fair.

In a world overrun with forgettable pizza, almost nothing is more forgettable than the frozen pizza. But two Milwaukee area guys have set out to change that.

Between the two of them, friends Erik Burgos and Nick Smith, can boast forty years of food service industry experience. Smith is trained in the culinary arts, and Burgos has a wealth of experience in commercial kitchens, as well as front of the house duties.  Then never dreamed they'd end up using all that experience to start a pizza company.  But, that's exactly what happened.

Burgos and Smith created their recipe for thin, crispy pizza while working at an indoor batting cage in New Berlin.

Rather than cooking the same frozen pizzas for kids' birthday parties every week, Burgos and Smith decided to create fresh-from-scratch pizzas for the kids to eat between their swings in the batting cages or shots at monsters in the arcade.

The pizzas became a hit, with the parents as well as their kids, and the two friends knew they were on to something.

Since Chicago and New York both have their own styles of pizza, Nick and Erik decided that it would be time for Milwaukee to have one as well. So, they honkered down in their apartment and came up with some ideas. What resulted was a thin, yet crispy and flaky style of pizza that they affectionately named "Milwaukee Style Pizza."

After almost a year of testing, refining, and testing again, they eventually created a product that they could proudly put Milwaukee's name on it, and the company that was created from this was named the Milwaukee Pizza Company.

Milwaukee Pizza Company flavors:
  • Quintuple Cheese: Mozzarella-Provolone-Asiago-Parmesan-Sharp Cheddar (Red Sauce based)
  • All Beef Pepperoni: Mozzarella-Provolone-All Beef Pepperoni (Red Sauce Based)
  • Brickhouse: Mozzarella-Provolone-All Beef pepperoni-Italian Sausage (Red Sauce Based)
  • Lakeside Deluxe: Mozzarella-Provolone-All Beef Pepperoni-Onions-Green Peppers-Mushrooms-Italian Sausage (Red Sauce Based)
  • Supreme: Mozzarella-Provolone-All Beef Pepperoni-Onions-Green Peppers-Mushrooms-Italian Sausage-Black Olives (Red Sauce Based)
  • Angies: Mozzarella-Provolone-Sharp Cheddar-Black Olives (Red Sauce Based)
  • SMO: Mozzarella-Provolone-Onions-Mushrooms-Italian Sausage (Red Sauce Based)
  • Gyro Monster: Mozzarella-Provolone-Gyro Meat-Red Peppers-Green Onion-Feta Cheese (Red Sauce Based)
  • Wisconsin Beer Brat: Mozzarella-Sharp Cheddar-Onions-Green Onions-Usinger Bratwurst (Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ale Sauce based with Miller Highlife)
  • Greek: Mozzarella-Asiago-Feta-Green Olives-Kalamata Olives-Tomato-Onion-Artichoke Hearts-Oregano (Garlic Cream Sauce Based)
  • Margherita: Mozzarella-Provolone-Tomato-Fresh Basil-Asiago (Red Sauce Based)
  • Herbivore: Mozzarella-Provolone-Onions-Red Pepper-Arugula-Cilantro-Artichoke Hearts-Sharp Cheddar-Garlic Oil (Red Sauce Based)
  • Chicken Alfredo: Mozzarella-Shredded Parmesan-Chicken-Green Peppers-Red Peppers (Alfredo Sauce Based)
  • Sunrise: Mozzarella-Swiss-Chicken-Red Pepper-Red Onion-Broccoli Swiss Mornay With Chardonnay (Cream Sauce Based)
  • Caspers Sausage: Mozzarella-Provolone-Italian Sausage (Red Sauce Based)
  • BBQ Artichicken: Mozzarella-Provolone-Chicken-Artichoke Hearts-Red Pepper-Green Onion-Sharp Cheddar (BBQ Red Sauce Based)
Get more information at milwaukeepizzacompany.com

Better yet, visit them at the fair on Saturday, August 17th from 11am - 3pm at the Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park.  It's free and open to the public. You should go!  More information at eatlocalmilwaukee.org

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