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Behind the Pizza Peel: Dennis Sheil

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The goal of the Behind the Pizza Peel series is to reveal the warm–and sometimes wild–personalities that create America’s favorite food on a daily basis.

Who are the people behind the pizzas, and what made them choose a pizza peel over a briefcase? What’s their inspiration and what keeps them going? We find out in this ongoing series.


Installment #6…

Behind the Pizza Peel: Dennis Sheil

Dennis Sheil


Pizzeria: Rio Vista Pizza Factory, Rio Vista, California

Age: 55

Years in Pizza Biz: 13

Favorite Hobbies outside of Pizza: Art–both painting and collecting, traveling, and spending time with family.

The Pizza Insider: Why did you choose to go into the pizza business?

Dennis Sheil: We went into the business on a whim! My parents owned a restaurant when I was a teenager and I always thought it was cool that they did. Later in life, they wanted to move from Iowa to California, so along with my wife, sister, and brother-in-law, we found them a house in a retirement community in the town of Rio Vista, about 30 minutes from where we live.

After we were committed to the house, we realized that my parents had been going out for pizza every Friday night for about 50 years, and we didn’t know if there was a pizza place in town.
As soon as we realized this fact, we headed to Rio Vista to see what they had to offer.

As it turned out, there was a local Pizza Factory restaurant, which had been there for almost 15 years. With our first bite of the pizza we fell in love with the food. We couldn’t wait to share this gem with our parents when they …read more

Source:: The Pizza Insider