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Cinelounge now serving Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Cinelounge owners Camilla (left) and Christian (right) Meoli pose with Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana at the Cinelounge movie theater in downtown Tiburon. The theater is now serving the internationally award-winning pies for in-movie dining and for takeout. (via Instagram)

Cinelounge in downtown Tiburon is now offering pizza from San Francisco-based pie-making titans Tony’s Pizza Napoletana.

 

The movie theater is partnering with the pizzeria, owned by 13-time world pizza-making champion Tony Gemignani, to serve whole pies for in-theater dining and carry-out. The initial offerings for the 12-inch pizzas are the shop’s classic margherita, pepperoni, “The Carnivore” meat-lovers pizza and a Hawaiian pizza called “The Big Kahuna,” though theater co-owner and Tiburon resident Christian Meoli said more may eventually be added. The Carnivore costs $21, and all others will cost $20.



“A lot of people are kind of floored with this kind of collaboration, and we’re just excited to be bringing Tiburon the best,” Meoli said.

 

He said he and his wife Camilla, also a co-owner, cold-called Gemignani after reading an article about the celebrity pizza chef becoming an associate producer for the comedy-thriller “LaRoy, Texas” and pitched the idea of offering his pizza at Cinelounge.

 

The pizzas themselves are brought from North Beach to Tiburon by a Tony’s employee and are prepped in the theater’s kitchen.

 

Gemignani said he visited the theater himself with some pizzas to make sure the theater could produce a quality product. He said he thinks the Cinelounge kitchen produces “pretty damn good” pie, especially when finishing ingredients like basil and olive oil were added.

 

“I think we can elevate the pizza program and have a respectable pizza coming out of their theater,” Gemignani said.

 

Meoli said he chose to go with Tony’s for the collaboration in part because of Gemignani’s love of movies and his openness to the idea.

 

Gemignani said he fell in love with the Cinelounge brand.

 


“I know what it’s like to start a business and do something special and thought it was great to tie in together and do something that’s part of it,” Gemignani said.

 

Meoli noted Cinelounge is still reaching out to local eateries to expand event offerings and collaborate.

 

“We see the benefit of our business and other businesses near us working together to bring unique film and food events to get people out of the house,” he said.


Reach Tiburon reporter Francisco Martinez at 415-944-4634.


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