People are waiting weeks to try Miami's favorite sourdough pepperoni pizza
- Old Greg's
Pizzahas taken over Miamiwith its square-style sourdoughpizza.
pop-updebuted its elusive pies covered in crispy pepperonicups in July.
- Because of demand, Old Greg's releases time slots on its website each Wednesday so customers can reserve a date to pick up a pie.
- Old Greg's frequently runs out of reservations within minutes, so many customers have been forced to wait weeks for a taste.
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- This pie looks like a typical pepperoni pizza, but people in Miami are waiting weeks to try it. It's baked by Old Greg's Pizza, a new pop-up with a monthlong waiting list.
Jackie Richie: So, we're sold out for August, and September is almost there. This is insane. We sold out within at least 12 minutes or so.
Greg Tetzner: My day typically starts at 6 a.m. 5:30, 6 a.m. And I leave here about 8:30, 9 o'clock at night. Still feels surreal. It hasn't hit me yet. None of this has hit me yet.
Narrator: Old Greg's makes over 90 pies a day, which is more than 500 pizzas a week. The most popular order is the square OG Roni. It's a pepperoni pie with sourdough as the base.
Greg: I originally went with the idea of a square pie 'cause it was something not typically found in Miami, and especially not sourdough pizza.
Narrator: Typically, bakers use yeast to make dough, but Greg opts for a naturally leavened sourdough instead.
Greg: I would take away the yeast, and I would substitute it with a sourdough starter. Old Greg.
Narrator: Like commercial yeast would, Greg's year-old fermented starter is what allows the bread to rise. He combines the starter with dough using a blend of freshly milled flours that give the crust its signature light texture. Once the dough rests, it's topped with handfuls of mozzarella
Customer: So, the dough is really different from pizza that I'm used to. It's actually really light, but when you bite into it, it's crispy.
Narrator: There's only one way to get a pie, and that's during Old Greg's weekly pizza drops on Wednesdays. Customers go to the website to order and choose a day for pickup. But even then, they might miss their shot.
Customer: It's like an exclusive thing, you know? Basically on there every time they put up the sale at 1. It just sells out super fast. Like, you're clicking the days, and it's sold out, sold out, sold out.
Jackie: So, 475 people in less than five minutes. They're already locking in their slot. This is crazy.
Customer: You know, every week, the system's been collapsing, you know? And I'm like, "Ah, I'm gonna wait a little bit." And now it's like, I wait two minutes too late and they're completely gone.
Customer: I've never been so anxious in a positive way to get pizza through the site, because you only have a limited amount of time to get it, and then you have to know what you want beforehand. You have to come ready. I would recommend, as a pro tip, setting up alarms, multiple alarms, just in case something happens and the alarm doesn't go off.
Customer: Between 12:55 and, like, 1:10, that's your window.
Narrator: And if they miss that window, some will likely have to wait a few weeks to get one.
Customer: I was trying to order for the same week or the next week, and every time I would click, it would just say, "sold out," "sold out." So I just moved to next month, and I was like, all right, a month from now.
Customer: Is it worth it, you know? And answer's always yes. Yes, it's definitely worth it. Yeah.
Narrator: It's hard to imagine now, but just a few months ago, Greg didn't have a place to serve his pies.
Greg: We were gonna start off as a pop-up at a local beer market. COVID happened, and we started getting a lot of our tomatoes that we'd started ordering, the cheeses. Everything started arriving at the same time in bulk. So I was just like, what am I gonna do with all these tomatoes and products to make pizza? So we just decided on selling it out of the house.
Narrator: He started out baking just 20 pies a day from his oven at home. But Greg needed a way to get the word out. So he turned to people he could trust.
Greg: We were giving them away to our friends that work in the industry. We wanted to get feedback on the pies, so we would give them to chefs and line cooks and friends that understood what it takes to make a product.
Narrator: Which led to a frenzy for more.
Customer: One day, I saw this picture on their Instagram. I was like, what is this that you're making from your oven at home? And next thing I know, I was ordering five pies a week, and then they started blowing up.
Narrator: Acclaimed Miami chef Brad Kilgore ordered Old Greg's pies three times before reaching out to start a partnership. They came together for this pop-up, and for the time being, Greg works out of Kilgore's speakeasy in Miami's Design District, catering to hundreds of customers a week.
Customer: It's bittersweet, you know? You can't get it, but you're happy that it's here.
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