3-Day Intensive “Start Smart! – The Fundamentals of Opening and Operating a Pizzeria” Class with John Arena, Jonathan Goldsmith and Scott Wiener

Event Date:

December 4, 2023

Event Time:

8:30 am

Event Location:

Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center

DECEMBER 4th to DECEMBER 6th, 2023

8:30am to 5:30 for three (3) consecutive days.

INSTRUCTORS: John Arena, Jonathan Goldsmith and Scott Wiener


This 3-Day exploration covers the essentials of managing a pizzeria professionally. If you are an aspiring amateur or an owner/operator in the first 2 years of operation, this series will help you to prepare and avoid the pitfalls that could derail your success.

In this course you will study the fundamentals of Menu Planning, Equipment Selection, Restaurant Design, Ingredient Selection, Dough Formulas and Management, Public Relations and Marketing, Restaurant Math Principles, Exploring Industry Trends, and the Essentials of Hand-Crafted Neapolitan and New York Style Pizza.

The class will consist of both theory and hands-on guide practice.


  • Pizza University Certificate
  • Apron
  • Chef’s Jacket
  • Swag Bag


Maestro Pizzaiolo Jonathan Goldsmith

Jonathan Goldsmith’s first lessons in food, hospitality, and the significance of shared meals were cultivated in his childhood, growing up in New York. Jon moved to Italy with his wife and daughter in 1988 and studied under the Maestro Pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia, before returning to the United States and opening his restaurant, Spacca Napoli, in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood in 2006.

Spacca Napoli is consistently acknowledged by major publications and television stations worldwide and even spoken about by food writers and pizza historians Craig Whitson, Daniel Young, and many others who have included Spacca Napoli in their books on pizza. Spacca Napoli is a six-time recipient of the Michelin Bib Gourmand award, is Zagat-rated, and was awarded Italy’s 50 Top Pizza award for Best Neapolitan Pizzeria Outside of Italy in 2018. Jonathan has been a longtime judge at many competitions including the Las Vegas International Pizza Expo.

Chef John Arena

Chef John Arena is a Brooklyn-born pizza maker with over 5 decades of experience. As the creator of America’s first 3 credit university-level course for aspiring pizza entrepreneurs, he has traveled extensively around the world as a student, guest lecturer, and consultant to the pizza industry. John has introduced thousands of pizza makers of all experience levels to the joy of making pizzas. His students have gone on to open successful pizzerias across the US and around the world. His top pupils have even been awarded dozens of medals in pizza competitions, including 3 world championship medals at the International Pizza Expo.

Scott Wiener

Calling Scott Wiener a professional pizza enthusiast would be a massive understatement. Since founding Scott’s Pizza Tours in 2008, he’s educated thousands of pizza lovers and professionals about NYC’s top pizzerias. He judges pizza culinary competitions, writes an award winning column for Pizza Today Magazine, and hosts Thrillist’s web series Really Dough (available on YouTube). Scott is the founder of Slice Out Hunger, a hunger relief nonprofit that supports hunger relief and prevention through pizza-related events and campaigns.

(Photo by: Michael Desmond/Hulu)

Although his pizza making is usually restricted to his popular online classes, he recently celebrated a victory on an episode of Hulu’s pizza competition show “Best In Dough.” As if that wasn’t enough pizza content for one human, he also holds the Guinness World Record for largest collection of pizza boxes with which he shares an apartment in Brooklyn, New York.


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Event Location:

Total Seats: 18 (17 Left:)
  • Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center
  • 10310 Southard Drive
  • Beltsville
  • Maryland

Class Schedule Details

  • December 4, 2023 8:30 am   -   5:30 pm
  • December 5, 2023 8:00 am   -   5:30 pm
  • December 6, 2023 8:30 am   -   5:30 pm
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