Food Fight

Pepperoni, Pineapple, & the Art of Pizza-Making | Andy France: Ep.006

Pepperoni, Pineapple, & the Art of Pizza-Making | Andy France: Ep.006 150 150 OnTheStacks

Welcome to Ep.006 of the Food Fight Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Brian DiMattia! Today, Brian is joined by Andy France, owner of Brasi’s Pizzeria. Pepperoni, pineapple, and the art of pizza-making — it’s not just about what goes on top but the stories underneath. This conversation takes an affectionate look at the slices of life that pizza represents, from the local ‘Valley Style’ to the controversial ‘bee sting’ pizza, born out of a collaborative innovation. We share laughs and heartwarming stories, discussing the emotional rollercoaster of starting a business and the quirky debates that only true pizza aficionados can appreciate. We also explore local restaurants that bring our dining experiences to life, adding a personal touch in a world dominated by chain restaurants.

 

Thank you to our Show Sponsors:

 

Dino’s Pizza & Restaurant: Taste the Tradition at Dino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant! https://dinospizzaandrestaurant.com/

 

Visit Luzerne County: Join the Pizza Trail! Eat pizza. Earn points. Turn those points into prizes! Sign up for FREE at https://www.visitluzernecounty.com/

 

Genoa Wholesale Foods: Servicing the Pizza & Restaurant Industry Since 1947! https://www.genoafoods.com/

 

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Sweat Tent Portable Sauna: Get $100 OFF with code OTS at: https://www.sweattent.com/discount/OTS

 

Friends of the Show:

 

Tom Munley Law, Brute’s Barbershop, & Brasi’s Pizza

Meatballs, Cheesesteaks, & Food Critics | Cosmo Salerno: Ep.005

Meatballs, Cheesesteaks, & Food Critics | Cosmo Salerno: Ep.005 150 150 OnTheStacks

Welcome to Ep.005 of the Food Fight Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Brian DiMattia! Cosmo Salerno, the mastermind behind Cosmo’s Cheesesteaks, joins me today for a flavor-packed episode into the heart of our local food scene and the personal journeys that shape a restaurateur’s life. We start by slicing into Cosmo’s own story — the unforeseen challenges that nearly toppled his business and his unwavering enthusiasm for the perfect meatball, a dish curiously absent from his menu. We also discuss the world of online food criticism, where the spicy opinions of armchair critics mix with the sweet success of a well-favored dish. Cosmo and I swap war stories of menu innovation, the allure of Cheese Whiz, and our path from taking every comment to heart, to serving up humor with a side of satire in response to less-than-stellar reviews — a reminder of the resilience it takes to thrive in the food business.

 

Thank you to our Show Sponsors:

 

Dino’s Pizza & Restaurant: Taste the Tradition at Dino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant! https://dinospizzaandrestaurant.com/

 

Visit Luzerne County: Join the Pizza Trail! Eat pizza. Earn points. Turn those points into prizes! Sign up for FREE at https://www.visitluzernecounty.com/

 

Genoa Wholesale Foods: Servicing the Pizza & Restaurant Industry Since 1947! https://www.genoafoods.com/

 

T-Shirts in 24: Create your own custom apparel online at https://tshirtsin24.com/

 

Sweat Tent Portable Sauna: Get $100 OFF with code OTS at: https://www.sweattent.com/discount/OTS

 

Friends of the Show:

 

Tom Munley Law, Brute’s Barbershop, & Brasi’s Pizza

Old Forge Pizza, Speakeasies, & Italian Heritage | Russell Rinaldi: Ep.004

Old Forge Pizza, Speakeasies, & Italian Heritage | Russell Rinaldi: Ep.004 150 150 OnTheStacks

Welcome to Ep.004 of the Food Fight Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Brian DiMattia! This week, Brian is joined by Russell Rinaldi, owner of Cafe Rinaldi. In this episode, we talk about the birth and history of Old Forge pizza, speakeasies in the prohibition ear, and culinary tradition. But this episode isn’t just about pizza; we’re talking about the heart and soul of a small town, the pride of our Italian heritage, and the enduring legacy of a town that continues to inspire the food industry beyond our Northeastern Pennsylvania region.

 

Thank you to our Show Sponsors:

 

Dino’s Pizza & Restaurant: Taste the Tradition at Dino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant! https://dinospizzaandrestaurant.com/

 

Visit Luzerne County: Join the Pizza Trail! Eat pizza. Earn points. Turn those points into prizes! Sign up for FREE at https://www.visitluzernecounty.com/

 

Genoa Wholesale Foods: Servicing the Pizza & Restaurant Industry Since 1947! https://www.genoafoods.com/

 

T-Shirts in 24: Create your own custom apparel online at https://tshirtsin24.com/

 

Sweat Tent Portable Sauna: Get $100 OFF with code OTS at: https://www.sweattent.com/discount/OTS

 

Friends of the Show:

 

Tom Munley Law, Brute’s Barbershop, & Brasi’s Pizza

Hypnotism, Judo vs. Jiu-Jitsu, & Social Media Virality | Eric Mina: Ep.003

Hypnotism, Judo vs. Jiu-Jitsu, & Social Media Virality | Eric Mina: Ep.003 150 150 OnTheStacks

Welcome to Ep.003 of the Food Fight Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Brian DiMattia! This week, Brian is joined by fellow Good Tree MMA teammate, hypnotist, author, and Judo black belt, Eric Mina. Together, we chew on the challenge of creating viral social media content and the parallels between social media savvy and martial arts mastery. We discuss the differences in belt promotions between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu, exploring the importance of competitions, and the varying criteria across martial arts disciplines. Eric also opens up about his transition from social work to becoming a hypnotist with his mesmerizing stage performances. Hear how hypnotherapy can foster swift, transformational growth, and often yield quicker results than traditional talk therapy.

 

Thank you to our Show Sponsors:

 

Dino’s Pizza & Restaurant: Taste the Tradition at Dino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant! https://dinospizzaandrestaurant.com/

 

Visit Luzerne County: Join the Pizza Trail! Eat pizza. Earn points. Turn those points into prizes! Sign up for FREE at https://www.visitluzernecounty.com/

 

Genoa Wholesale Foods: Servicing the Pizza & Restaurant Industry Since 1947! https://www.genoafoods.com/

 

T-Shirts in 24: Create your own custom apparel online at https://tshirtsin24.com/

 

Sweat Tent Portable Sauna: Get $100 OFF with code OTS at: https://www.sweattent.com/discount/OTS

 

Friends of the Show:

 

Tom Munley Law, Brute’s Barbershop, & Brasi’s Pizza

Pierogi Chronicles: Comfort food, Polish Cuisine, & Digital Marketing | Lauren Gorney: Ep.002

Pierogi Chronicles: Comfort food, Polish Cuisine, & Digital Marketing | Lauren Gorney: Ep.002 150 150 OnTheStacks

Welcome to episode 2 of the Food Fight Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Brian DiMattia! In this episode, Brian is joined by Lauren Gorney, Co-owner of NEPA’rogi. In our discussion, Lauren offers a peek behind the curtain of NEPA’rogi, where passion for authentic Polish cuisine meets the trials and tribulations of running a food business. We swap stories of our culinary beginnings, from family kitchens to restaurant chaos, reveling in the shared experiences that shape our food philosophies. But it’s not all buttered noodles and cottage cheese – we get down to business discussing marketing, the role of social media in today’s food landscape, the importance of community over competition, and how genuine engagement with customers elevates the dining experience.

 

Thank you to our Show Sponsors:

 

Dino’s Pizza & Restaurant: Taste the Tradition at Dino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant! https://dinospizzaandrestaurant.com/

 

Visit Luzerne County: Join the Pizza Trail! Eat pizza. Earn points. Turn those points into prizes! Sign up for FREE at https://www.visitluzernecounty.com/

 

Genoa Wholesale Foods: Servicing the Pizza & Restaurant Industry Since 1947! https://www.genoafoods.com/

 

T-Shirts in 24: Create your own custom apparel online at https://tshirtsin24.com/

 

Sweat Tent Portable Sauna: Get $100 OFF with code OTS at: https://www.sweattent.com/discount/OTS

 

Friends of the Show:

 

Tom Munley Law, Brute’s Barbershop, & Brasi’s Pizza

Behind the Slice: Food Reviews, Content Creation, & Kitchen Wisdom | Jim Mirabelli: Ep.001

Behind the Slice: Food Reviews, Content Creation, & Kitchen Wisdom | Jim Mirabelli: Ep.001 150 150 OnTheStacks

Welcome to the first episode of the Food Fight Podcast in the Loop Internet studio hosted by Brian DiMattia! In this episode, Brian is joined by fellow food creator and Founder of NEPA Pizza Review, Jim Mirabelli. Dive into our debut episode as we share a delicious blend of stories from our food tasting escapades, to the twists and turns of building a unique brand in the pizza review world. We even take on a saltine cracker challenge live during the show! So grab a slice and join us as we share laughs, lessons learned, and a mutual love for pizza, celebrating the launch of the Food Fight Podcast in true foodie fashion.

Thank you to our Show Sponsors:

Dino’s Pizza & Restaurant: Taste the Tradition at Dino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant! https://dinospizzaandrestaurant.com/

Visit Luzerne County: Join the Pizza Trail! Eat pizza. Earn points. Turn those points into prizes! Sign up for FREE at https://www.visitluzernecounty.com/

Genoa Wholesale Foods: Servicing the Pizza & Restaurant Industry Since 1947! https://www.genoafoods.com/

T-Shirts in 24: Create your own custom apparel online at https://tshirtsin24.com/

Sweat Tent Portable Sauna: Get $100 OFF with code OTS at: https://www.sweattent.com/discount/OTS

 

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