Mike Pitera, Pizza a Modo Mio, Charleston, SC.

Michael Pitera, Pizza a Modo Mio, Charleston, SC.  –
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I have been in the pizza world since I was 15 years old. I grew up in Brooklyn living on L&B Spumoni gardens and Pizza Wagon, two iconic pizza joints in NY. 

I moved to Long Island when I was 14 years old. My first job was working at my friends father’s pizzeria. That’s where I got hooked! Between growing up in an Italian household, working at the pizzeria and then going to culinary school I knew cooking was going to be my passion. 

I moved to Charleston in 2021 and built a pizza truck out of a 16×8 ft utility trailer. My father and I fitted this trailer with a full kitchen and two brick oven pizza ovens. Long story short a year later i took the chance and quit my job to open up my first location in West Ashley. A year after that I opened up my second location which is a Cafe/Pizzeria. 

In 2023 I really got involved with the community and the pizza competitions and can’t wait to get more involved.

Pizza Shenanigans:

  • Sunday Sauce Competition 1/7/23 – 2nd Place
  • Orlando pizza convention – Non Traditional (First competition) Placed 14th 
  • Masters Instructor Class in Miami 

Las Vegas 2024:

  • Best Cheese category – Placed 6th best cheese pizza
  • Fastest stretch 
  • Largest stretch
  • Fastest Box Making
  • Pizza Making Demo -Las Vegas show with Delorio’s food

Local community engagements

  • Give back night for our local Schools- First Thursday of each month. We give back $3.00 for every pizza sold to the school. These funds are used for supplies for the kids and teachers
  • Long Island pizza strong- a foundation that I’m apart of. We participated with helping out a family whose husband tragically died in the line of duty. On April 17th we donated $5.00 for every pizza sold to the fallen police officers family. We raised over $1,000
  • Camp Happy Days: This is a camp for children with cancer. We supply pizza night for the kids at camp. We are currently working on a making pizza program to engage the on learning how to make pizza in my store.
  • Meatball Eating Frenzy- This is a farmers Market that I started last year in 2023. We have local vendors set up in my parking lot to showcase their small business. We have a meatball eating contest where the proceeds will go to the MUSC children’s hospital.
  • Toys for Tots/Santa meet and greet – We have a toy drive and have a meet and greet with the children in the neighborhood. The toys we receive go to the children hospital. 
  • Pizza making demo for West Ashley high school Culinary class- Teaching students on how to make pizza
  • Low country leadership school- Restaurant 101- Teaching students the basics of owning a Restaurant. We teach the students the front of the house as well as the back of the house. 
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