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Caliente Pizza & Draft House delivers 30 pizzas to the homeless community in honor of National Pizza Day

Caliente Pizza & Draft House delivers 30 pizzas to the homeless community in honor of National Pizza Day

World Pizza Champion team members joins national movement to “Slice Out Hunger”

PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2021) – As part of a national “slice out hunger” movement to celebrate National Pizza Day, pizzerias across the country donated food to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Here in Pittsburgh, World Pizza Champion team members Caliente Pizza & Draft House delivered 30 pizzas to Light of Life Rescue Mission on February 9.

Light of Life Rescue Mission is a local Christian nonprofit organization that provides life-changing recovery programs, food and shelter for food-insecure and homeless populations in Pittsburgh. The Mission is open 365 days each year and provides shelter to approximately 125-155 people nightly. In addition, it offers job search assistance, winter accessories and case management to people experiencing homelessness.

The initiative was started by members of the World Pizza Champions, an international group made up of elite pizza professionals including Caliente’s Nick Bogacz and Eric Von Hansen. In 2018, Carmine Testa and his two sons – most popularly known as the ‘Jersey Pizza Boys’ – came up with “Pizzas Across America” as a way to feed the hungry on a day dedicated to the dish.

This year, the World Pizza Champions partnered with Slice Out Hunger, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that uses food donated by independent pizzerias, to expand the program knowing that so many people are fighting food insecurity during a pandemic. In fact, according to Feeding to America, they expect 50 million people, including 17 million children, to experience hunger.

“We absolutely loved working with Light of Life Rescue Mission last year for National Pizza Day,” said Nick Bogacz, founder and owner of Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse. “While Chef Eric and I couldn’t serve pizza like we did last year, we wanted to make sure we kept the tradition alive. As the pandemic continues, we are committed to finding ways to support the hunger relief efforts here in Pittsburgh.”

Read the official press release here or check out the photos from our delivery on Caliente or Light of Life Rescue Mission’s social media pages.

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ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE

Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com.

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces new catering menu

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces new catering menu

Award-winning pizza chain announces new menu items for large families and groups in response to COVID-19

PITTSBURGH (January 25, 2021) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caliente Pizza & Draft House is proud to announce the release of its new catering menu for large families and groups looking for takeout options.

Whether you’re feeding a family of 10 or an ‘army’ of 20, the new menu includes half and full pan options. Rounding up Pittsburgh’s favorites, family items include meatballs in marinara, hushpuppies, pierogis, buffalo chicken salad and more. For larger groups, traditional onion rings, chicken tenders, wings, salads, hoagies and pizzas are all available for purchase.

“With many families staying inside or quarantining together, we wanted to revamp our catering menu to serve smaller groups,” said Regional Chef Eric Von Hansen.

In January, Caliente made a delivery to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) to donate items from its new catering menu.

To view the full catering menu, visit Caliente’s website here. You can also follow Caliente on Facebook and Instagram to keep on top of all of its latest updates.

ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE
Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announce new DIY calzone kits for at-home use

Caliente Pizza & Draft House announce new DIY calzone kits for at-home use

PITTSBURGH (January 11, 2021) — Caliente Pizza and Draft House has a new DIY kit available –
calzone kits.
“Our pizza kits were such a big hit last year, we decided to let home chefs try their hand at making another Caliente specialty: calzones,” said Regional Chef Eric Von Hansen.

The new Calzone kits include two dough balls, sauce, ricotta cheese, garlic butter, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella-Provolone blend, and a choice of two toppings. The kits are $24.95 each and are available for takeout and delivery. Want a cooking lesson on how to craft and bake the perfect calzone? Check out this tutorial from Chef Eric.

“DIY meals have been growing in popularity over the past few years and we get it – people love the combination of the convenience and the feeling of making a home-cooked meal,” said Nick Bogacz, founder and owner of Caliente Pizza and Draft House. “We hope these kits provide a fun and memorable way for families to get in the kitchen and create something with their loved ones.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gretchen McKay featured Caliente’s Calzone kits in a recent story. Read her story here.

Caliente’s take-home pizza kits are still available for $22. The pizza kits included two medium pizzas, dough, sauce, cheese, seasoning and hand-picked toppings. Much like the calzone kit, instructions are located within.
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ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA and DRAFT HOUSE

Caliente Pizza and Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com

Caliente Pizza collects 200 pounds of canned goods during fourth annual food drive

Caliente Pizza collects 200 pounds of canned goods during fourth annual food drive

PITTSBURGH (January 2, 2021) — Thanks to the help of its customers, Caliente Pizza & Draft House collected 200 pounds of canned goods during its fourth annual food drive to feed families in need over the recent holiday season.

The food drive officially ran from Nov. 1, 2020 through Dec. 25, 2020. Customers were encouraged to drop off items at any Caliente location or given to delivery drivers. All donations were delivered to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in efforts to make families who are facing hunger happier and healthier.

“We are so grateful to have customer who share our passion to help, especially during the holiday season,” said Nick Bogacz, founder and owner of Caliente Pizza & Draft House. “Food insecurity has skyrocketed in our area over the past year. We hope this effort made a difference for local families in need.”

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ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE

 Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America. For locations and more information, visit www.pizzadrafthouse.com.

Caliente Pizza & Draft House reintroduces their exclusive ‘Big Dill’ Pickle Pizza

The seasonal pie is back on the menu for a limited time at all five Caliente locations

 Pittsburgh, PA. (November 9, 2020) – Caliente Pizza & Draft House announces the return of the ‘Big Dill” Pickle Pizza to their selection of gourmet and award-winning pizzas. Caliente is partnering with Pittsburgh Pickle Co. for the third year in a row to bring pack the popular fan favorite in honor of National Pickle Day on November 14.

Made with Caliente’s signature dough, the ‘Big Dill’ features a house-made garlic butter sauce, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and topped with a bed of Pittsburgh Pickle Co. pickles. The pizza will be available at all five Caliente locations for dine-in, pick-up or delivery. One size, all the flavor for $17!

“We always challenge our chefs to create the most inventive and uniquely delicious pizzas, and the ‘Big Dill” is one of our favorites,” said owner Nick Bogacz. “For the third year in a row, the ‘Big Dill’ will represent two Pittsburgh owned and Pittsburgh proud businesses through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Pickle Co.”

The ‘Big Dill’ Pickle Pizza will be available beginning November 14 for National Pickle Day. To learn more about the ‘Big Dill” Pickle Pizza and other menu items, visit their website here.

ABOUT CALIENTE PIZZA & DRAFT HOUSE

 Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. With five locations in the Pittsburgh area, Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America.