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A Slice of Pizza from   John Arena, The Pizza Professor, teaches Pizza Class at Metro in Las Vegas....

John Arena is an amazing pizziolo. He grew up with pizza. He's been making pizza for most of his life.

In 1980, after seeing an ad in an Italian newspaper, he and his cousin, Sam, sold everything they owned and moved to Las Vegas. At first things were tough. These New York City transplants struggled to create outstanding pizza in a town, that did not know anything about pizza.

They called their pizzeria Metro Pizza and now have several locations around Las Vegas. He and Sam's pizza skills are extraordinary. Metro Pizza is now regarded as having The Best Pizza in Las Vegas.

He loves sharing his pizza passion by showing others how to make pizza. He is also known as The Pizza Professor. He teaches the only college certified pizza class in the country. He calls his class Pizza 101 and you can read the course proposal at this link.

I was recently honored to attend a private class at one of his Metro locations. The Pizza class was fun, informative and filling. (It was filling in that we ate a lot of pizza. A lot of pizza!).

John started out the class by giving a bit of the Metro story. He said the first day they opened a couple of customers showed up on horseback. He and Sam were shocked, but they soon got over it.

He fell in love with making pizza for people and contends that it is the world's greatest collaborative food. John also states that the best thing aobut pizza is that you eat it with people that you care about.

John relates that everyone has a favorite pizza in their heart. A special place with special pizza. To start out the class, John made each of us share our favorite pizza memories. The funny, the romantic and the life changing pizza tales reavealed were impressive.

It seems everyone has a pizza story. Everyone. (And I bet you have one, yourself!)

When you eat pizza, John explains, you bring your own memories to the table.

Listen and watch as John gives an Introduction to Pizza:


From my Las Vegas Pizza Expo Journal...

John Arena called me up and told me: "Albert, get ready...I'm coming over to pick you up. I've got some special guests coming over to Metro. I'll be doing a pizza demo for them and I want to make pizza for all of you."

I got ready quickly and true to his word, John showed up in minutes.

"Get in", he commanded.

I hopped into his car and John explained about his special guests. "These are pizzaioli from Korea" he stated, "They are huge pizza fans".

At Metro, John introduced me to James and Chef Kim. As soon as we were introduced, I knew I would like them. They were both pleasant and very enthusiastic about pizza.  James had gone to college in the U.S. and wanted to get into the pizza business in Korea. Chef Kim was a pizzeria owner, he spoke little English, but it didn't matter, we were speaking the language of pizza.

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