Our Mission

Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center – We established our Pizza Academy to fill the need for skilled pizza makers and professional chefs in the restaurant industry. Our immersive hands-on training focuses on both the theoretical and practical methods necessary to form the perfect dough, a sublime sauce, crispy crust, and to identify only the best ingredients to produce the most authentic, delicious, and healthy end results.

We here at the Pizza University aim to grow a new generation of knowledgeable pizzaioli and professional chefs, and to help create a system that can improve the wellness of both the fast-growing restaurant industry and the rich world of diverse cuisine which so deeply fuels all of our passion for cooking!

John Arena, Jonathan Goldsmith, and Scott Wiener and Team at Pizza University with Pizza

What We Do

  • Work towards the development of a highly-qualified and committed new generation of culinary professionals and pizzaioli.  
  • Promote authentic culinary practices by introducing our students to only the best methods, ingredients, traditions and passion.
  • Strive to support the Hospitality and Food & Beverage industries by producing well-trained chefs. 
  • Connect well-trained chefs with thriving restaurants.
  • Providing career guidance for veterans and young adults who wish to pursue a career in pizza making and other culinary arts.

Team Building Events

Inquire about the opportunity to book your next Corporate Team Building Event with us!

Roll up your sleeves and experience more than a cooking class for your next event. Get together and compete to make the best pizza, learning the secrets to make Authentic Italian Pizza from scratch.

Ask about our options today by sending an email to info@pizzauniversity.org.






president of pizza university and culinary arts center Francesco marra image

Francesco Marra

Marianna Dinola pizza university image

Marianna Di Nola

Program Manager
Jill Connor marketing manager pizza university image

Jill Connor

Marketing Manager
program admin pizza university

Erin Thomas

Program Admin
Obiora Igbo pizza university social media specialist

Obiora Igbo

Social Media Specialist

You Will Receive

Certificate & Chef Swag

A Pizza University certificate and cool chef swag.

Chef Jacket and Apron

You’ll receive a Pizza University apron and chef jacket. As well as take-home containers for leftovers and containers for extra dough.



Connect with fellow pizzaiolos and restaurant owners.



Post pizza-class support via email to our Culinary Director.