Unrivaled Pizza

CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA | Thursday, December 15, 2005

Jack Bertram founded Stuft Pizza in 1976 by opening a small take-out restaurant in Cerritos, California. The simple operation soon took off, becoming one of the area’s most popular destinations,well known for its unrivaled pizza. In 1978, Stuft Pizza opened its second location in the neighboring town of Whittier, California. That year, Stuft Pizza was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in Los Angeles County, beating out hundreds of excellent Los Angelean pizza establishments. How do we explain this success? Simply: our product. More than 26 years ago, Jack began experimenting with pizza dough, attempting to come up with a recipe for Stuft Pizza that would satisfy his discerning palette. More than nine months of experiments led to the product that is today known as Stuft Pizza. Starting from scratch each day with a live yeast starter, our dough is hand-thrown to achieve a texture unlike the standard pizza crusts you see today, which are prepared from a packaged mix. The daily ritual of starting from scratch requires more time, but the effort is evident in the finished product, which has a well-formed crust and a rich, full-bodied taste. To bake our crust, we use ovens similar to those found in the world’s finest bakeries: rotating, Ferris-wheel type ovens which guarantee an even bake throughout the body of the pizza. Our sauce, like our dough, is an undisclosed recipe: a strong blend of zesty herbs and spices. The finest, low-fat cheeses, handpicked vegetables and highest quality meats complete the “pie” that is Stuft Pizza.

Our commitment to serving fine pizzas has earned Stuft Pizza recognition throughout California. We are proud to offer an award -winning product, and are pleased to include loyal families, discerning adults, and even visiting Presidents among our patrons. The enthusiasm we receive from our customers about our pizza is the greatest affirmation of our work, and reinforces our philosophy that great pizza must be hand-tossed and made from scratch each day. Some may consider this method of starting from scratch “old-fashioned,” but we refuse to do it any other way, and the quality of our pizza reflects this. Stuft Pizza has become part of a distinguished lineage of pizza makers, whose traditions date back many hundreds of years. The origin of pizza is attributed to the Naples region of Southern Italy, where it was originally created as a breakfast food, enjoyed as an exalted “peasant feast.” It was soon discovered by the nobility of Europe, who enjoyed tremendously this unusual new pie. Stuft Pizza applauds this idea of discovery and joyful eating, and creates restaurants with the hopes of bringing people together to dine, laugh, and enjoy great pizza.

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