And now onto The Man, the man who over the past 30 years is most responsible for elevating America’s expectations for what pizza could be. In the process, he emboldened a generation of chefs to pursue a career making pizza and accelerated its critical acceptance alongside other great culinary traditions and cuisines.

Whew. That sounds like a heavy-lift for such a light-hearted guy, but it’s true. His personality is as authentic and impassioned as his pies, and his unpretentious, Yoda-like utterances had us ready to use the force – of his personality, at least – to improve our pizza game. And you will, too