By: Da Lit Gourmet
A thing of beauty, the International Pizza Expo arrived in town Monday, filling the Las Vegas Convention Center with the smells of bubbling mozzarella and parmesan, fresh tomato sauce and aromatic, bready and crispy crusts.
More than 500 exhibitors and 1,500 booths packed into the center, where sample pies accompanied delectable meatballs, golden garlic knots, super sized shrimp cocktails and more treats on crowded plates at the pizza industry’s main event.
And though I can’t say enough about the food as Sin City Press’ in-house food critic, it is worth noting that these delicious products were crafted for a point: The show caters to restauranteurs, business people and others with interests in pizza sales and manufacturing.
New tools to quickly and efficiently manage the mass production of pizzas were present, as were companies offering to maximize pizza sales and social media followings. In other words, the conference was 50 percent business and 50 percent pizza-partaking pleasure.
According to the website for the 34th annual event, “Attendees include pizzeria or pizza-concept restaurant owners, operators and managers, as well as distributors and food brokers. Exhibitors include suppliers of pizza ingredients and pizza flour, point-of-sales systems, ovens, kitchen equipment, marketing and promotional materials and many other companies providing goods and services to the pizza restaurant industry.”
Though the public isn’t invited, I’ve put together the above slideshow to make you jealous. Errr, I mean, to give you access. Enjoy the drooling, readers! (All photos are courtesy of myself and my pizza insiders.)