Putting in a Good Word:
“As the inventor of the Pizza Diet, I
have dedicated my career to changing the image of
pizza from a junk food to a health food. I entered
this industry 13 years ago with no restaurant experience or culinary background. Discovering the PMQ.
com website was my lifeline in 2004, as I was able
to find creative pizza recipes, marketing ideas, dough
proofing techniques, and countless relevant tips. Undoubtedly, PMQ saved my career, and I will forever be
grateful to the PMQ family. Thank you to the countless
pizzaiolos who have selflessly dedicated their knowledge to PMQ over the past 20 years. I’m honored to
share this journey with you all!”
— Matt McClellan, founder, Tour De Pizza,
St. Petersburg, Florida
one 2003 cover, I hid my wedding invitation cover and
a picture of my soon-to-be wife. ;e messages that Tracy
mentioned were a blast. Every issue I’d use a quote from
movies, TV, comics, all manner of pop culture. ;ey were
silly, but it gave the magazine a fun bit of personality to
the people that found them.
Linda: In 2006, we decided to do a Christmas cruise with
our family to take Steve away from his computer and
phone. But he immediately thought of the pizza industry:
What if we do this with our readers, with workshops and
fun presentations? Two years later, we did our first Pizza
Cruise and continued to o;er them for years, until the
recession hit. We need to bring it back—maybe in 2018!
Liz: When I took over from Tom Boyles as editor-in-chief
in 2007, Steve embraced my editorial ideas and gave me
the power to make changes. ;at included bringing on
the best copy editor I knew, Tracy Morin, and reorganizing the general flow of the magazine. I took the great
content we were already producing and repackaged it.
Since then, PMQ has only gotten better.
Tracy: I remember the exact phone call when Liz told
me she’d decided to take the editor-in-chief position and
needed another editor on board. ;e timing was perfect,
and I’d already worked with Liz at a magazine publisher
in California. We have totally di;erent, complementary
skill sets. I immediately set to work on perfecting the
magazine and immersing myself in the industry. I’d spend
every free minute at work reading stu; like Je; Varasano’s
insanely complicated pizza recipe.
Liz: With pizzerias, there’s so much history, and an advertiser had sent some nostalgic newspaper to Linda. We also
needed something for the back page of the magazine, so
we started Time Capsule.
The u.s. pizza team traveled to italy in 2000 to compete for the fIrst time
in the World Pizza Championship, where Tony Gemignani tied for fIrst place in
pmq snags a photo
op with the famous
punxsutawney phil at
fox’s pizza den in 2005.
u.s. pizza team members
help pizza diet founder
matt mcclellan deliver a
few pies on the streets
of New York