On the Line: Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part Two

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Before the end of the year, the owner of Pizza e Vino plans on launching two more concepts. First is Microbar in roundabout country Ladera Ranch, at the former Infusion space. Small plates of Spanish and Italian bites and a selection of martinis (Not beer, like we assumed based on the name). That has "Girls Nite Out" written all over it.

While the next part of On the Line with Greg is shorter than usual, he offers some unexpected answers.

Read our interview with Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part One.
And now, on to Part Two. . . .


When you're not in the kitchen cooking, what are you doing?
I love hanging out on the beach and reading. A little "meditation" time always helps clear out the noise.

Last song playing on your radio/smart phone/iPod:
Colder Weather by zac brown band.

Hardest lesson you've learned:
I'm my own worst enemy. I would always be harder on myself, and it would throw me off and I'd become pretty much useless. So now when I make a mistake, instead of getting caught up in self-doubt, I step back, see what I did wrong, learn from it and do it over right away!

What's your favorite childhood memory?
Championship varsity hockey game . . .And winning!!!

What were you up to five years ago?
Five years ago I was living in Italy, getting an amazing education through ALMA, which is a culinary school in Parma, Italy. It was an amazing opportunity I found that I could not pass up. Training under some amazing chefs, all while traveling the country doing internships at various restaurants.

Favorite holiday and why:
Thanksgiving! It's a perfect time for family to gather around a big table and enjoy amazing food. My family loves to gather in the kitchen and "help"!!

Last thing you looked up/searched online:
I like to look up different restaurants and menus to get my creative thoughts flowing.

What would you be doing if you weren't in this business?
I have always had an amazing amount of respect for our military. I would have definitely joined one of our armed forces.


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Location Info

Pizza e Vino

31441 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Category: Restaurant


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