Whatever you do, don't go see hungry. Boy were we glad we'd had that burrito (but we must admit, that didn't prevent us from stopping off for a slice after the film). Even if you don’t love pizza, which is hard to fathom, this one's a must-see.

The engaged crowd in the Roxie's baby theater, aka "the Little Roxie" made viewing the film feel like a giant pizza party itself (minus the pizza and beer). It is really a tribute to the universal dish, and filmmaker Michael Dorian did some extensive touring of Italy and the U.S. making the film. The interviews with owners of mom & pop pizzerias across the country had us laughing non-stop, as did the musical accompaniment of a couple of stoned Chicago teenagers (you’ll have to see for yourself).

And, of course, we can’t close without mentioning the Bay Area's Tony Gemignani, world pizza tossing champion, who along with his World Pizza Champions team, dressed up as Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity from The Matrix to bring home one of the top awards from the championship that takes place annually in Naples, Italy. Gemignani appeared at the post-film Q&A, and we were kind of waiting for someone to break out the dough so he could do a little tossing for us.

p.s. Since this movie was filmed in the wake of Super Size Me, it turned out (kind of ironically since Pizza was actually a tribute to the popular dish) that two of the largest in the industry, Pizza Hut and Domino's, refused to talk to Dorian in connection with the film.

SFist Wendy, contributing.

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