About

My name is Maria Tesla Pizzeria and the Pizza Queen part of this is very real—my parents owned and operated a pizzeria in NJ for over 30 years. Some kids got Play-Doh, I had pizza dough. I can fold a pizza box like no one’s business (but please, do not ask me to do this, I hate folding pizza boxes).

Philadelphia is certainly Italian-American city, but perhaps not Sicilian, and trying to find consistently good panelle or arancine is an endeavor I gave up on a long time ago. As such, the focus of my home cooking efforts is pizza and Sicilian cooking.

My name is Maria Tesla Pizzeria and the Pizza Queen part of this is very real—my parents owned and operated a pizzeria in NJ for over 30 years. Some kids got Play-Doh, I had pizza dough. I can fold a pizza box like no one’s business (but please, do not ask me to do this, I hate folding pizza boxes).

Philadelphia is certainly Italian-American city, but perhaps not Sicilian, and trying to find consistently good panelle or arancine is an endeavor I gave up on a long time ago. As such, the focus of my home cooking efforts is pizza and Sicilian cooking.

I moved to Philadelphia to attend art school and stuck around for 20 years, eventually earning a graduate degree.

I’ve lead a double life of sorts, with one foot in the city’s DIY music scene and the other in technology. At the same time that I was booking shows, playing in bands, hosting a radio program, and contributing to music publications, I’ve somehow managed a career in content strategy and digital marketing—with these divergent interests intersecting in my academic research.

Outside of pizza, I’m a competitive adult figure skater, enjoy sewing my wardrobe, and like to spend time with my partner S and our dog, Monty.

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