Caliente reopening statement
Welcome Back to Caliente
As Pennsylvania allows businesses to reopen and we continue to monitor the coronavirus crisis, we are pleased to welcome back guests to our dining rooms over two reopening dates: June 8 for our Aspinwall location, and June 15 for Bloomfield, Allison Park, Mt. Lebanon and Monroeville.
The health and wellbeing of our team members and guests remains our top priority. In addition to safety procedures currently in place for our no-contact takeout and delivery options, we are following state and CDC recommendations and implementing several new precautions to protect everyone in our locations:
- Dining rooms and patios are reconfigured to meet social-distancing guidelines, and we have installed cleanable partitions between some tables.
- Staff will be sanitizing all high-contact areas throughout all meal periods, and there will be heightened cleaning and sanitizing measures during off hours.
- Our restrooms are now single occupancy.
- All staff are provided PPE, including gloves and masks.
- Floor decals and signage are being used to remind everyone to socially distance.
- We are reinforcing hand-washing and routine glove replacement.
- Hand sanitizer stations are available.
- Plexiglas barriers are being used where appropriate.
- We are providing QR codes for guests to scan and access a digital menu, as well as providing disposable single-use menus.
- All areas have been fogged with an environmentally safe anti-microbial treatment that lasts for at least 90 days.
- Single-use pens are being used for checks.
There are just some of the precautions you can expect, but certainly not all. Also, the governor’s guidance on dining during the “green phase” provides more information on mask use and social distancing. Find that information here.
We can’t wait to see you all again!
Award-winning pizza chain announces new menu at all Pittsburgh locations beginning on March 23
PITTSBURGH (March 18, 2020) — After months of meticulous planning, Caliente Pizza & Draft House is proud to announce the release of its new menu debuting at all five of its locations on March 23. These new menu items will all be available for takeout and delivery until stores re-open.
The menu will still include all of the team’s award-winning pies including the Mee-Maw, known as the Best Pizza in America, and the Quack Attack. Caliente’s most recent YouTube video, featuring Regional Chef Eric Von Hansen, previews some of the restaurant’s newest creations, including new pies aptly named after film classics such as Roadhouse and Spaceballs.
“Every year, we challenge ourselves to come out with a new menu so we can continue to put Pittsburgh pizza on the map,” said Hansen. “We pride ourselves in having the freshest ingredients paired with unique gourmet recipes. We’re excited to see which new menu items become customer favorites.”
Below is a list of some of the new items.
Topped with Honey BBQ, pulled pork, bacon, jalapenos, Pittsburgh Pickle Co. pickles, mozzarella, provolone and cheddar, this thriller of a pizza is named after the 1989 action classic starring Patrick Swayze.
Spaceballs The Pizza
This unique creation features meatballs, Sweety Drop peppers, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, parmesan and Caliente red sauce for a tasty spin on the 1987 Star Wars parody directed by Mel Brooks.
The Hugh Hefner Pizza
With just a tad of spice from green chili peppers, red sauce, mozzarella, provolone, cup & char pepperoni and Philadelphia cream cheese, Hugh would’ve been proud of this perfect personality pizza.
After two trips to Italy in 2019, Caliente took a small step back to the traditional side to create this purely Italian pie made with red sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil.
Bugsy Siegel Calzone
So good it should be criminal, this calzone features red sauce, ricotta, meatballs, basil, mozzarella and provolone. The American mobster himself would’ve feared its flavor.
Cry to Mommy Fries
Not for the faint of heart, these fries feature buffalo seasoning, Caliente’s original “Cry to Mommy” sauce and cheddar cheese for a nontraditional kick on hand-cut fries.
Along with the above additions, Caliente’s new menu also includes Meatball Hoagies, Hush Puppies, Deep Fried Pierogies and many new premium pizza toppings including vegan cheese.
A complete menu will be available for preview soon on Caliente’s website at www.pizzadrafthouse.com.
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.
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Pittsburgh-based pizza restaurant travels globe to win industry accolades
Caliente Pizza & Draft House puts Pittsburgh on the map for Best Pizza in America
PITTSBURGH (December, 2019) – Caliente Pizza & Draft House, a Pittsburgh-based restaurant known for its internationally acclaimed pies and extensive craft beer list, is rapidly growing in global recognition after collecting numerous accolades in 2019.
Locally owned and operated by founders Nick and Angie Bogacz, Caliente sent its team across the United States and Europe this year to participate in the industry’s biggest competitions.
Best Pizza in America
According to Italy, Pittsburgh has the Best Pizza in America. In April, Caliente’s Regional Chef Eric Von Hansen traveled to Parma, Italy, to compete against 42 countries in “Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza,” widely known as the World Pizza Championship, and won.
His creation? The Mee-Maw — a pie named after his mother and grandmother. Von Hansen used a five-day fermented dough spread into a pan and topped with olive oil, five-year aged parmesan, market local rapini cooked with peppered bacon, shallots, garlic, onion, crushed plum tomato, porchetta, shaved black truffle pecorino Romano, salt, pepper and more aged parmesan. He wowed the judges with an overall score of 772 out of 900 and was the only American competitor to take home any prize.
World Pizza Team
Caliente’s international pizza crew caught the attention of 13-time World Champion and pizza entrepreneur Tony Gemignani, who invited Bogacz and Von Hansen to join an “all-star” team of internationally well-known pizza chefs.
The World Pizza Champions team, founded in 2005 by Gemignani, is an international group of elite pizzaioli who represent the craft through competition, education and community service. Inclusion on the team is by invitation only, and Bogacz and Von Hansen are the only representatives from Pittsburgh.
“Nick and Eric are dedicated to the craft of pizza in every way, from their development of innovative recipes to their commitment to community service,” said Gemignani. “The World Pizza Champions are the best of the best, and that’s what these guys are.”
2019 Travels and Awards
“One team. One dream.” That’s the motto of the Caliente team, who traveled domestically and internationally this year to six competitions.
Complete list of Caliente’s 2019 awards:
Best Pizza in America 2019 (World Pizza Championship)
New York Style – Third place (Trofeo Caputo)
Non-Traditional division – Top 10 (International Pizza Expo)
Pan division – Top 10 (International Pizza Expo)
Largest Dough Stretch – Bronze medal (International Pizza Expo)
Freestyle Acrobatic Pizza Tossing – Top 10 (International Pizza Expo)
Fastest Dough Stretch – Top 10 (International Pizza Expo)
Pizza Triathlon – Top 10 (International Pizza Expo)
Growth of the company
Caliente Pizza & Draft House was founded in 2012 and has since expanded its $8 million operation to five locations in the Pittsburgh region. In 2019, founder Nick Bogacz published his first book, “The Pizza Equation: Slicing Up How to Run a Successful Pizza Enterprise,” and launched his first podcast, “The Business Equation” to share the highs and lows of building a multi-million dollar business in seven years.
With the success of his book and podcast, Bogacz continues to grow in notoriety for his marketing, business and team-building prowess and is frequently invited to speak at top industry events. This past year, he gave the keynote speech at the 2019 Pizza and Pasta Expo. He also spoke at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo and the International Pizza Expo.
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.