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Peter’s Blog: New Pizza-Themed Comedy Series

Hi Everyone,

I received an e-mail from Maxwell Kessler, a film and television producer, letting me know about a new TV series that he and a friend have written. They are currently raising money through an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the pilot episode and are also making a different kind of request.  Here’s an excerpt from his email:

Later this month, I am producing a sitcom pilot about the friends and families who work at a strip mall in a working class Boston suburb.  The cornerstone of the series takes place inside a family owned pizzeria called Cobelli’s Pizza. In the show, plaza matriarch Margaret Cobelli runs the restaurant with her doofus grandson, Jeff.  As time goes on, it’s clear that Margaret isn’t going to be around much longer.  Jeff then has to make the choice as to whether or not he’s going to grow up and take over the family business or if he’s going to let Cobelli’s turn into a Dominos or Pizza Hut.

Right now, we’re raising the last bit of money to fund the pilot by running an IndieGoGo campaign.  To draw attention to our campaign, we’ve been having our family and friends of friends go to their favorite local pizza shops in their neighborhoods, take a picture of themselves eating a slice, and then saying a few words about what they like most about the place.  So far, we’ve had people from all over participate, even going as far as Germany.  We’re also expecting posts from Vietnam and Korea next week!


If you’d like to read more about this show (working title, The Plaza), go here:  

And, if you want more info on where to send a photo of you with a slice, write to Max at:   Hey, you never know, this could be a big hit and, if it is, you heard about it here first. Best of success, Max!!


Reminder: don’t forget about the upcoming Forno Bravo Expo (Sept. 19th and 20th) at Talbott Vineyards. I’ve already started packing and look forward to meeting many of you there. Be sure to introduce yourself and let me know if you heard about it via Pizza Quest  For more details, scroll down to my Peter’s Blog from a couple weeks ago, or go to: 

Also, be on the lookout soon for a new post and fascinating pizza concept, inspired by internationally revered chef, Francis Mallmann, from our own Brad English (we are calling it our “Deconstructed Pizza,” and will be demonstrating how to make it at the Expo).  Also, we’ll be posting Part Two of the Peppe Miele interview next Tuesday (Sept. 15th), in which we discuss San Marzano tomatoes.  Keep checking back — lots more to come!



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