2 A.W. Beattie students are Pittsburgh's pizza prodigies

Pizza Prodigies

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently featured two of our students who are shaping the local pizza industry.

Three years ago, Alex Levine was struggling to find a summer job. The then 14-year-old Hampton teen was looking to make some extra money but employers were not willing to hire someone his age.

His 14-year-old best friend, Perry Bogacz, had an idea: “Come work at my dad’s pizza shop.” Perry’s father, Nick Bogacz, is the founder and owner of Caliente Pizza & Draft House, which began in Bloomfield in 2012 and now has five locations around Pittsburgh.

So Alex started out topping pizzas and working on cleanup. He advanced to become a shift leader and this summer was named the kitchen manager at Caliente’s Hampton location. Perry, meanwhile, made a quick rise of his own, becoming a shift manager at Caliente’s Monroeville restaurant in February. Both are in charge of several dozen employees, many of them twice the teens’ age.

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