**In celebration of Women’s History Month, I’ll be posting about women in the pizza community every few days this month. The pizza biz is pretty male-dominated, so let’s take this opportunity to throw the spotlight onto some of the women who are doing amazing work in the pizza world.
Giorgia Caporuscio never wanted to make pizza. She came to the US in 2009 to learn English but ended up spending most of her time at a pizzeria owned by her father (Roberto Caporuscio, owner of Keste Pizza & Vino and president of the Association of Neapolitan Pizza Makers in America). She showed interest so he sent her back to Naples to study with his mentor, 3rd generation pizzaiolo Antonio Starita (of PIzzeria Starita). Since then, Giorgia has become one of the world’s premier pizza makers, having been named to Zagat’s 30 Under 30 list in 2014 and winning the 2014 Classical Pizza Championship in Naples.
I often see Giorgia working at one of the pizzerias owned by her father (Keste in Brooklyn, Keste and Don Antonio in Manhattan) or at events and trade shows. She’s always incredibly focused and efficient. Even at her most stressed, Giorgia manages to center herself and get the job done as needed to make killer pies. Her pizza is truly phenomenal.
Giorgia and her father are just weeks away from opening another Keste pizzeria, this time in the financial district. It’s going to be a huge 150-seat restaurant with multiple oven types to facilitate a pizza-making school for professionals. She’ll be at the helm training pizzaioli in the art she has so quickly perfected.