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Women in Pizza: Norma Knepp

**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.

[This photo is from Norma’s Pizza Obsessives interview on the now-defunct Slice.]

Norma Knepp is one of my favorite people in the pizza universe. She has a tiny pizza stand at Root’s Market in Manheim, PA that’s only open on Tuesdays. Sounds like the kind of place that would sell gross reheated slices, right? JUST THE OPPOSITE! Norma won first place for New York style pizza in the 2016 Caputo Cup , a competition held in the extremely competitive marketplace that is New York City. She is loved and respected by everybody in the pizza community not just because her pizza is outstanding, but because of her limitless passion for the pie.

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Ten years ago, Norma didn’t know anything about pizza making. She and her husband Albert were running a caramel corn stand Root’s Market, a Lancaster County landmark with local produce and livestock auctions. When Albert’s health problems pulled him away from the stand, Norma tried her hand at other foods. Nothing stuck. She noticed the lack of pizza available at the market and asked the manager if she could rent a stall and give it a try.

Essentially starting her pizza education from scratch, Norma schooled herself with online forums like PizzaMaking.com. Click that link and you’ll see a website that looks like it was designed by my little brother in 1996, but it’s one of the most powerful tools for the budding (or even …read more

Source:: Scott Pizza Tours