Coinciding with the beginning of Pizza Month 2010, I’ve launched the Pizza Chef Caricature group photo pool on Flickr, dedicated to stereotypical portrayals of pizza-makers (or “pizzaioli”) typically seen on local pizzeria menus, signage, and take-out boxes.
Quality examples typically feature a majority of the following elements:
- Classic chef’s toque hat
- Friendly hand gesture, such as the “OK” pinch or thumbs-up
- Winking eye
- Neckerchief or bow-tie
- Pizza in hand, or mid-air in spin toss
- Steam lines coming off said pizza
- Other accessories, such as a pizza cutter or a peel
New submissions are welcome!
One of my favorite new blogs lately is Every Person In New York, where artist Jason Polan has set out to draw every person in New York. Naturally I was excited to see that his most recent batch of drawings included a sketch of “The Man”, Dom DeMarco of Di Fara Pizzeria fame.
There’s enough hype and opinion about Dom and Di Fara floating around to fill a book, but if you don’t know about him, suffice to say he’s among the most legendary living pizzaiolos in America today.
Here’s a photo of Dom from a trip I took to Di Fara in April that matches Polan’s sketch perfectly (minus the scally cap):
Regardless of what you think about the pizza at Di Fara, it’s hard not to love the perseverance of the man behind the counter.