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Custom-made Neo-Neapolitan pies using only the freshest local ingredients for you! Hitting Chicagoland farmers markets soon! Read more

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Custom-made Neo-Neapolitan pies using only the freshest local ingredients for you! Hitting Chicagoland farmers markets soon!

Chicago, IL Food
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Hitting Our Goal - Stretch Goals!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support and spreading the word!  It feels a little surreal that we actually hit our goal and have gone slightly over, especially since we were still so short only a few days ago! A few backers have contacted us to ask us to create a stretch goal, and so we're back to let you know what additional pledges will enable us to do!

Stretch Goal - $10,000 - Unlocks a step-by-step guide to our pulled pork/mango pie and funghi formaggio for $25 pledges and above!  This level will allow us to install adjustable jacks for the trailer, which will help create a more ergonomic and efficient workflow for us when making your pies!

Stretch Goal - $12,000 - Unlocks a step-by-step guide to our Peking duck pie and our crispy flat bread recipe for pledges $25 and above!  This level will allow us to upgrade our trailer into a double axle, creating a much more stable trailer for our beloved oven!

Thank you again for your support of Za Pi, and if you're new, please check out our missions below!

What's Za Pi All About?  Mission #1: Community Driven Delicious Pizza

We want to bring custom-made, affordable, wood-fired Neo-Neapolitan pies to Chicagoland farmers markets.  We plan to use only local and fresh ingredients whenever possible to help support local farmers and producers.  By using great tasting ingredients and our multi-day cold-fermented dough, we hope to bring joy to the community on what we believe are some of the best pies around!  We'll be serving pies at local farmers markets and catering parties and other events by request!  We plan to have the big three traditional pies (marinara, bianca, and margherita) available, as well as two rotating specials each week based on your votes!  Whenever you purchase a pie, you'll have a chance to vote on next week's specials from a list of customer and owner created ideas... and boy do we have some non-traditional ideas we want you to try!

Bianca - Traditional Pie
Bianca - Traditional Pie

Is Za Pi doing anything different?  Mission #2: Bring Your Own Ingredients (BYOI)!

Inspired by the D-Talipapa market in the Philippines, we want you to able to bring us your vegetables your purchased that day, have us slice/dice/chop them up, and cook it on your pie along with any ingredients you may want to "borrow" from us!  Use them on top of a traditional or specialty pizza at no additional cost, or work them into a custom pizza with the ingredients we have on hand!  We're working with the local health department and farmers market to determine how we can make this work, as we really believe it's a great way to enjoy your fresh vegetables you've bought and help you save some money!

BBQ Pulled Pork with Diced Mangos - Rotating Special
BBQ Pulled Pork with Diced Mangos - Rotating Special

How will Za Pi use the funds from Kickstarter?

We've saved up money for the oven but we're looking for funding to mobilize it on a trailer!  Your donations will help fund our ability to mobilize the oven, as well as get the proper equipment to serve our pies at the farmers markets to meet health department regulations.  Things like tables, wood-fired oven supplies, pizza peels, coolers, permits, licenses, etc.will help us succeed in bringing Za Pi to you!

Tandoori Chicken Pie (tested with Mango Chutney base, Tandoori Paste base, Mozzarella or Paneer as a cheese)
Tandoori Chicken Pie (tested with Mango Chutney base, Tandoori Paste base, Mozzarella or Paneer as a cheese)

Shout Outs!

To my wife, for being supportive of my crazed pizza obsessions, sampling creations, and being our photographer for our pies!  To Meera, for all the time dedicated in creating our awesome Kickstarter video and dealing with my bloopers and shyness on film!  To Jenny at Sidecar Creative for turning my kindergarten-like sketch into an awesome logo!  To all the family and friends who have served as guinea pigs in our pursuit of great Neo-Neapolitan pie, helped with topping ideas, and especially those who were subjected to our early failures and still came back for more!  (You know who you are!)

And to you, for taking the time out of your day to check out our Kickstarter!  We hope you'll find it in your heart and/or taste buds to help us bring our dream of serving pie to the farmers market!

Check out our Facebook and Wordpress to learn more about the journey and development of Za Pi, as well as some of our planned menu items already!

Prosciutto Spinach Pie - Rotating Special
Prosciutto Spinach Pie - Rotating Special

Risks and challenges

We've worked to research all the potential obstacles including licenses, inspections, and other aspects of serving food at the farmers market and strongly believe we're ready to move forward! That being said, being a vendor at a farmers market is always a slight disadvantage as there are less spots for vendors as room is saved (appropriately so!) for farmers and producers. We have cast a wide net and spoke with farmers market managers to ensure we do everything in our power to bring our pizza to you! In the unlikely event we're not selected as a vendor at the farmer's market, we'll work to set up a few events at local public places to make sure donors can collect on their prizes! We want to make sure you're rewarded for your generosity!

Remember that funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing, which means if we don't make our goal, we won't be able to mobilize our oven, bring our Neo-Neapolitan pies to the farmers market, and will be stuck at home making pies for just friends and family.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    13 backers

    Thank you so much for the donation! As suggested by one of our donors, your $5 pledge will earn you a recipe that you can use at home to make your own Neo-Neapolitan style pizza! We'll include the reason behind each ingredient, why we're adding it, and potential substitutions you can use to tweak the taste and appearance of your pie! Recipe will be delivered via e-mail!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    15 backers

    Thank you so much for helping support our love of pizza! Come on by, and pick out two traditional Neapolitan pizzas of your choice, either one at a time or both at once! (Traditional pizzas are marinara, bianca, or margherita!)

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    Pledge $25 or more

    6 backers

    Prefer something that you can wear instead of eat? We'll show our appreciation by sending you our Za Pi t-shirt! Swing by the market or we can ship it to you. (Add $5 for shipping) Let us know your t-shirt size!

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $25 or more

    15 backers

    It's time to sample some pies! You'll receive two specialty pies off our rotating menu, and two traditional pies of your choice! We'll give you a heads up on the specials each week so you can decide when you want to redeem them, one at a time or all four at once! Whatever works for you!

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    Pledge $50 or more

    5 backers

    For you out of towners that like to match with your significant other/children/parents, two Za Pi t-shirts for you! (Add $5 for shipping)

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    11 backers

    Like to represent what you're eating? Come by and pick up one Za Pi t-shirt and pick out two specialty pies and two traditional pies, however you'd like to redeem it!

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    Pledge $50 or more

    3 backers

    ASPIRING PIE MAKER II: In addition to the at home dough recipe, it's time to learn some techniques on how to open up your dough to create great Neo-Neapolitan pie. At $50, we'll e-mail you a video instruction of us teaching you the different techniques we've used to stretch the dough, from beginner to pro, and some tips on how to deliver your pie into the oven!

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    Pledge $100 or more

    9 backers

    You like your pie, and you like it regularly! Take your pick - Ten specialty pies and five traditionals OR for the purist, twenty traditional pies! (Max redeemable four pies per day)

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    Pledge $250 or more

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    Want to learn how to make great pie in your home kitchen? We'll come to your house and give you a class on how we make our pies from scratch, stretch the dough, and together we'll prepare six pies with traditional ingredients for you to top and eat! (Limited to Chicago and suburbs of Chicago)

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    Pledge $350 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Feeling creative and want to be part of Za Pi history? You'll get to design a pie of your choice by picking out toppings, selecting a name, and seeing it on our rotating menu throughout the year! Along with that, you'll get ten specialty pies of your choice when you come visit so you can taste your creation! (Max redeemable four pies a day)

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    Pledge $500 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Who feels like having a good time and having a full belly! We'll bring our mobile woodfired oven to you and throw a party for up to 25 people with up to 50 pizzas, and some surprise tasty treats! (Within 30-mile of Woodridge, IL)

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    Pledge $1,500 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    15 free pies each year for life as long as Za Pi is in existence, a pie designed by you as part of our rotating menu, and 15 Za Pi t-shirts! Are you a pizza fanatic? When people ask you "if you could only eat one thing the rest of your life..." do you answer with pizza? This is for you! Thank you sooo much for your generosity!

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