As Piece gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary on July 27, the Bucktown pizzeria/brewpub known for New Haven-style pies just got a pretty amazing accolade: It was named the No. 1 independent pizzeria of the year by Pizza Today magazine.
The Tribune reports that the magazine's editors chose Piece from approximately 35,000 independently owned pizzerias in the United States and said that its sales volume was one of the big reasons it landed at the top. "Its product is unique in its market, its marketing is solid and it has obviously been honored for the quality of its beer in numerous competitions," Pizza Today editor, Jeremy White, told the paper.
This is a huge award for Piece, which has also won many honors for its beer. Brewmaster Jonathan Cutler has been getting awards since 2002, and in 2006 won the World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and Brewmaster Award.
· Piece Named Top Independent Pizzeria in U.S. [Trib/Stew]
· Piece Brewery & Pizzeria [website]
[Photo: Piece owner Bill Jacobs]