The Birthplace of Pizza, People, Planet

The PizzaPlex founding team is passionate about pizza, equitable growth, and sustainable cities. Their love for these things led to the birth of PizzaPlex L3C, a community-centric pizzeria in Detroit. We are actively embarking on a journey to become a worker-owned company.

Our story begins in Naples, Italy, birthplace of Italian pizza and where the PizzaPlex extended family and mentor, Fabio Cristiano –  internationally-acclaimed founder of Scuola di Pizzaiolo – reside.

Ale and Drew on their wedding day in Naples, Italy - Photo Courtesy of Linda Acunto Photography
Ale and Drew on their wedding day in Naples, Italy – Photo Courtesy of Linda Acunto Photography

PizzaPlex co-owner, Alessandra Carreon, is Italian and Filipina. She grew up on different continents, including Europe, where her family ran a small pizzeria in Naples. In high school, she worked in a pizzeria. When Ale and her husband – and fellow co-owner – Drew McUsic, got married in Naples in 2015, they received pizzamaking certificates from Fabio. They proceeded to hand-build a wood-fired pizza oven in their backyard with the help of their close friend and PizzaPlex co-founder, Nathan Hannon.

The style of pizza we make at PizzaPlex has been developed over hundreds of years; the flavor profiles on the menu are there for reasons steeped in history. Today, Neapolitan pizzamaking is on UNESCO’s  Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

We are proud of our rich heritage and the work we are doing to co-create a place that values love for people, the planet, and pizza.