PIZZA WITHOUT BORDERS
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By Missy Green Suriname How Pizza Is Done
Suriname is a former Dutch colony in
South America. Locals speak a creole language called Sranan Tongo, but the o;cial
language is Dutch. I interviewed Navin
Ganga, senior manager at Bingo Pizza,
about his business, which he markets in
GREEN: HOW DID BINGO PIZZA GET STARTED?
Ganga: ;e CEO, Anil Padarath, used to live in America, where he
mastered the pizza business working for Domino’s and Papa John’s.
When his parents got sick in 1995, he came back to Suriname and
started making pizzas for friends at home. He got a good response
and decided to launch Bingo Pizza.
I was still in school when I started work there and liked it immediately. I did everything from scrubbing floors to going on deliveries.
At 41 years old, I am now senior manager for four stores—two in
the airport and two in Paramaribo, the capital.
GREEN: WHAT IS PIZZA LIKE IN SURINAME?
Ganga: We have a mix of di;erent cultures here, including Indian,
Japanese and Chinese, so the taste preferences are pretty varied. Like
in America, pepperoni is No. 1. Some customers even cancel their
order if they find out we’ve run out of pepperoni that night. Pineapple
is very popular, as well as barbecue chicken. Our meats are mostly
local, but we get all of our sauce, cheese and computer software from
the United States.