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Long Island-born Peter's Pizzeria heads for Boca Raton, Pompano Beach

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Peter's Pizzeria

For as long as he can remember, Peter Izzo has been passionate about making the best Italian-style New York pizza. At the age of 15, he began making pies out of his family’s home in Long Island, New York, learning the routine and skill to make the perfect pizza.

Now, as a business owner, the young chef says he is excited to share his food with customers in South Florida with the opening of Peter's Pizzeria.

Founded in 2019, by Long Island-born brothers Peter Izzo and Bobby Pokora, How Ya Doin’ Hospitality Group — the group behind Peter’s Pizzeria — is excited to announce that it will open two new locations of its New York-based pizza shop in South Florida.

Debuting in Boca Raton in November 2021, and Pompano Beach in Spring 2022, these soon-to-be new eateries will be a natural extension of the brand, as the owners opened the first outpost of Peter’s Pizzeria in Port St. Joe in northwest Florida.

Peter Izzo, Peter’s Pizzeria co-founder and master pie maker, says he cooks with both art and science. Each pie is topped with a house blend of fresh shredded mozzarella and dough made with a unique water filtration system using reverse osmosis to ensure the pizza is forged with water identical to his hometown. Additionally, while that dough “proofs” for nearly two days before use, Izzo perfects his sauces — simmering his marinara for 16-plus hours.

Teaming up with his brother, Pokora, a fellow Italian-American and successful developer and investor, the duo say they saw an opportunity to grow the business, opening the first Peter’s Pizzeria at 101 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe.
Bobby Pokora and Peter IzzoPeter's Pizzeria

"After Hurricane Michael, Port St. Joe suffered and we felt compelled to get involved in the community and help bring back its hospitality sector,” said Pokora. “We had always dreamed of starting a family business, and we found that in Peter’s Pizzeria. It’s doubly exciting that we were able to launch one that paid homage to our family and our roots.”

On top of that, being able to open Peter’s Pizzeria in a small town like Port St. Joe, and then expand it to larger markets in the wake of a global pandemic, is a testament to just how much customers love Izzo’s pies. The group plans to expand nationally by late 2022.

“We couldn’t do any of this without our customers. It makes me so happy to see them repeatedly come back for our Sicilian Pie or Chicken Parmigiana,” said Izzo. “Both Bobby and I believe it’s critical to give customers great food at a quality price point. During a time when restaurants are struggling to stay open or make a full comeback, this has been our recipe for success and, dare we say, growth.”

To bring HYD Hospitality Group to fruition, the team hired Miami-based DeepSleep Studio to lead all branding, website development, photography, video production and social media efforts. The interior design and architecture of both Peter’s Pizzeria locations has been awarded to the award-winning Saladino Design Studios.

Peter’s Pizzeria will open at 897 E. Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton and at 1166 N Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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