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

Event Date:

December 11, 2023

Event Time:

8:30 am

Event Location:

Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center

DECEMBER 11th to DECEMBER 13th, 2023

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

INSTRUCTORS: John Arena, Giulio Adriani 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
  • 18 CEHs by the American Culinary Federation®
  • Pizza University Apron
  • Pizza University Chef’s Jacket
  • Swag Bag


Maestro Pizzaiolo Giulio Adriani

The Naples native Giulio Adriani is redefining Neapolitan Pizza in America. Giulio’s 30 years of experience began in his grandmother’s kitchen in Rome, though he later traveled to Naples to learn from master pizzaioli Gaetano Fazio and Antonio Starita. Certified as an authentic Neapolitan Pizza Master by the Associazione Pizzaioli Napoletani, Giulio has owned and operated restaurants all over the world; in Italy, New York, Atlanta and most recently in Washington, DC. A stickler for authenticity, he focuses on developing the perfect crust and insists that the mozzarella be handmade at each of his restaurants. Widely considered one of the world’s leading pizza experts, Giulio travels across Europe, Asia, and Latin America to instruct aspiring pizzaioli and teach proper Neapolitan techniques.

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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  • Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center
  • 10310 Southard Drive
  • Beltsville
  • Maryland

Class Schedule Details

  • December 11, 2023 8:30 am   -   December 13, 2023 5:30 pm
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