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Who's ROBERT? 

Robert Garvey, a New York native, has been an entrepreneur, business owner, playwright, teacher and most recently, certified Pizzaioli from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli.

Garvey’s love for pizza spans back as far as he can remember. As a young boy in the streets of New York, pizza was everywhere and each slice was as unique as the next. After moving to Chicago, Garvey became obsessed with creating the perfect pizza. This obsession took him on a 15-year journey of testing his signature pizza recipes on friends and family alike from his Gold Coast home.

Now, with a secret dough recipe affectionately dubbed, “Za Dough,” at the ready, Garvey and wife Dana have founded Robert’s Pizza Company to share their handcrafted artisanal pies with Chicago.


Robert’s Pizza Company serves up handcrafted thin-crust, artisanal pies with fresh and unique ingredients. The secret is in the crust, a Garvey family recipe affectionately dubbed ‘Za Dough’ that took 20 years to perfect. Za Dough’s unique crust allows Robert’s Pizza Company to offer not only the classics, but also new, never-before-tried recipes, such as the lamb vindaloo pizza and the original dessert pizza.


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