BIO: Frank Zabski, a.k.a. “The Polish Pizzaiolo”
Frank grew up in West Haven, CT and has been eating New Haven style apizza for as long as he can remember. Zuppardi’s, Mike’s Apizza, Danny’s Expresso, Luigi’s and Vesusvio’s all were regular stops on any given week. Frank’s first experience making pizza was making Pizza Fritta at the St. John Vianney Carnival in West Haven during the 80’s, where the spirited pizza debates began over ”sauce and grated cheese” vs “powdered sugar”! In the early 90’s, Frank was introduced to Wooster Street and Sally’s, Pepe’s and Libby’s. That was love at first bite.
In 2012, Frank decided to take his passion for New Haven A’pizza and combine it with his love of music and started a mobile pizza business called Fired Up Pizza Truck, LLC. The slogan was “We bring the party to you, not just the pizza”. Fired up Pizza Pizza Truck catered to parties from 50 – 125 people. They were known locally for serving delicious wood fired New Haven Style pizza, Foxon Park soda and creating customized play lists based on the Host’s requested music.
In 2020 as a distraction from Covid, Frank started a FaceBook Group called All About New Haven Style A’pizza. The idea was simply creating a happy place for people to go and talk about pizza and share how to’s, opinions of their favorite pizzerias or pies, old pics of pizzerias they use to go to, etc. Shortly after starting the FB group, Frank formed The Pizza Gavones, which is a comedy trio that does pizza reviews. They review the pizza, the place, the personality of local establishments. Franks says, “We perform pizza reviews with a slice of humor!” In addition to the pizza reviews, Frank has created “How To DIY pizza videos” including how to make pizza dough, assemble and bake a pizza, make stuffed breads, etc. Many more of these are in the works. Frank says, “The biggest success is seeing members make their own pizza at home with The Pizza Gavone’s dough and how to videos and showing those pictures on the group!”