Pizzaioli from across the country head to the West Coast U.S. Pizza Cup!


The second West Coast Pizza Cup combines sun, surf and great ‘za to crown 2 new Pizza Champions

Oceanside, CA. August 27, 2018 — Fourteen pizzaioli will head like a flock of seagulls to Oceanside, CA. to compete in the 2018 West Coast U.S. Pizza Cup August 27-28. Dominic’s Italian Restaurant and the U.S Pizza Team will be hosting the nations top pizza makers in both Classico (Non-Traditional) and Pizza in the Pan events. Grand prizes include spots on the U.S. Pizza Team as Premiere Members, as well as trips to the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy in April of 2019.

U.S. Pizza Team Premiere member Tore Trupiano, co-owner of Dominic’s Italian Restaurant in Oceanside, CA. says “Being a member of this team has afforded us numerous opportunities, and we definitely want to pass that along to the next generation of great pizza makers. This is how the industry grows, the exchange of ideas”.

Vincent Rotolo of Good pIe in Las Vegas and Lars Smith of State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria in Los Altos, CA. hamming it up at the 2017 West Coast U.S. Pizza Cup

Events for the West Coast Pizza Cup will be the Classico division, which has no restrictions on sauce or toppings, but must be round, and cooked on a screen or on the stone. The Pan division will also have no sauce or topping restrictions, but must be made in a pan ranging from deep dish to Grandma, and can be any shape under the sun. Each of these events is designed to better prepare the winner for the competition in Italy. Judging is based solely on taste and bake.  

This year’s Classico winner is sponsored by the US Pizza Cup Title sponsor and USPT Platinum sponsor Galbani Professionale US. Sponsors for the West Coast U.S. Pizza Cup are Galbani Professionale US, Marra Forni, Stanislaus, Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, Ferrarelle, Greco, Smithfield, Robo Specialita’ Alimentari, Via Pizzeria, Bibs, Molini Spigadoro, Panino’s Pizza, Master Pizza, Dominic’s Italian Restaurant, Jacmar Foodservice Distribution, Regal Wine Company, the U.S. Pizza Team, PMQ Pizza Magazine and Pizza TV.

PMQ Pizza Magazine, the business trade publication for the pizza restaurant industry, created the U.S. Pizza Team in 2000. Since its formation, the U.S. Pizza Team has participated in an international event every year, most frequently at the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy.  Ranging from culinary masters to dough-tossing phenoms, the Pizza Team renews the passion of those in the industry year after year.

The team is sponsored by Galbani Professionale US, Ferrarelle, Molini Spigadoro, Grain Craft, Real California Milk, Gordon Food Service, LaNova, Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Burkett Restaurant Equipment and Supplies, MFG Tray, Bag Solutions, Fontanini Meats, Lillsun, Univex, Presto Foods, Pivetti and Lloyd Pans.

For more information about this event or the U.S. Pizza Team, contact Brian Hernandez at 662-234-5481 x 129 or or visit For more info on the Galbani brand, please visit

Brian Hernandez

Brian Hernandez