Teaser: While his driver's license name is very middle America,
Michael Evans, it is understandable how and why he
has become an international pizza champ. His mother's
dad was named Guiseppe Collura. As Pizza Mike in his
Milan, Italy, 2001, competition, his winning pizza was made
with Guiseppe's sausage recipe.
Keeper Michael Evans
a.k.a. Pizza Mike
International Pizza Champ
Gourmet Galaxy Showtime Chef
TV Food Network Road Tripper
In-Character actor Jim Leo Films
Soccer Dad, Westerville, Ohio
Keeper Michael Evans has touched down on all
the right Italian food stops. He's owned a neighborhood
pizza shop in a pepperoni community. He's owned a
top starred Italian sit down restaurant. He pioneered
a successful local option election (Westerville, Ohio) that
had banned beer and booze for the last hundred years.
After a door-to-door petition drive the town voted down
the era of the Anti-Saloon League. That was the outfit
Carrie Nation and her band of temperance advocates
busted up bars with a bible-in-hand and a hatchet in
the other. Carrie died in 1911 but her influences created
the Volstead Act in 1919.
In 1919 booze was banned and bootleggers thrived. On
the books it was called the 18th Amendment to the
Constitution. By 1933 the nation was tired of moonshine
and gangsters...only little Westerville remained true to
the Carrie Nations.
Pizza Mike thought his townspeople might like a beer
with their stromboli. He was right. To celebrate he cut
a strand of spaghetti to open his doors. Michael's
Pizza, An Italian Kitchen, was open serving pies
with a beer-battered crust and a long neck to wash it
down. Elliot Ness was there in spirit.
Pizza Mike knows his market. There 100 acres of pizza served
daily in the United States. There are 240 million slices served
annually in the United States. Pizza Mike, a.k.a. Michael Evans,
has long range plans to compile a list of the "best," a.k.a. favorites
in all American pepperoni cities.
As he says..."everyone needs a hobby."
Of course this is his favorite cookbook:
Rocco's Italian American
More than 150 Recipes from Rocco and Mama
by Rocco DiSpirito
Michael Evans granddad, Sicilian, came to this
country and became a successful produce stand
operator. The most valuable items he brought with
him... his sausage and sauce recipes. The rest of
that story is served from a food truck window, one
pizza at a time.
With a name like Evans, how can he be an authentic
culinary champ when it comes to such an internationally
famous food as a pizza? Genes, remote just a tab, may
be a reason. His grandfather Guiseppe Collura started it all.
He was a typical Italian farmer, baker, cook and chef in the
Italian Navy in that order. And he knew how to create recipes
that he liked. If the rest of the world agreed his recipes were
the best...best beyond his kitchen, so be it. Michael Evans's
mother, Paeola Collura, recorded and passed along Guiseppe's
formula to son Michael, today billed in movie and TV Food
Network credits, as Pizza Mike. In today's recording of
name claims, the Internet system of domain acclaim
and registration, this Pizza Mike owns the early posting
for Pizza Mike dot com. Repeat: dot.com. Just for good
business trademark safety, Evans also owns dot,net, dot.biz,
dot.us and for today's world, dot.tv. (Pizza Mike's webmeister
also practices copyright law between his normal lucid
hours of midnight and 6 a.m.)