Joseph Pergolizzi

Joseph Pergolizzi is the owner of Fire Within, which was founded in 2005. His team consists of specialists in the wood-fired oven industry, servicing restaurants, caterers, and home enthusiasts across the country.

Throughout his career he has helped over 100 wood-fired oven caterers start their own businesses nationwide. He has also worked with clients such as Apple, Whole Foods and Burton.  In 2009, he started a wood-fired oven cooking school, focusing on culinary creativity and business start-up training. The core principles of his business consist of making good food, encouraging entrepreneurs in their endeavors, and fostering community.

Originally from NYC, Joe was raised on a healthy diet of thin crust pizza. His early studies of fine art and design were the precursors to his appreciation of artisan culture. During a transition in his career, he began working with and making cob and traditional fire brick wood-fired ovens on an educational farm. Ironically, his father had hopes that he would grow up to become a NYC firefighter.

In his free time, he is an outdoor enthusiast and adventure-seeker.

He lives in Boulder Colorado.


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Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.

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