MEET TEAM GIGI
Gigi, the business, is what happens when life comes full circle in the most serendipitous, delicious way.
For the Howard family, the journey began in Naples, Italy where owners Jenny & Butch fell in love with each other….and with pizza. It’s also the hometown of our company namesake.
Fast forward a bit, through the raising of two daughters, Jenny’s 20+ years of catering and other culinary adventures, and eventually the adoption of a backyard pizza oven affectionately known as the Blue Beast. Toss in an itch to do something unique as a family and a restored antique fire engine and the Howard family partnership took root.
Our goal as a team is to redefine event production with a unique, simple, and stylish delivery model while providing superb hospitality and extraordinary food. We believe in contemporary casualness, authentic relationships, the essence of community, and most importantly, fun! We take care of our guests and our staff as we would extended family, sharing our deep love for people and for the warmth of connection, just as the real Gigi shared his zest for life with Jenny & Butch back in Naples.
Joining the Howards on this journey are some of our favorite people. Meet them below… and meet Gigi (the truck) at your next event!
OWNER | DOUGH GIRL | CARETAKER OF THE DREAM
FIRE STOKER | TIRE KICKER | TASTE TESTER
CLIENT RELATIONS | JANE OF ALL TRADES |
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY OF THE BUFFET LINE
Gigi is the name of a dear Italian ‘uncle’ who worked with (and sort of adopted) Butch during a tour with the US Navy in Naples, Italy, and who later spread his adoration to Jenny and their two daughters Libby & Delaney. He epitomized the spirit of a true Neapolitan with his love of family, good food, and an appreciation for the pure joy of living.
Gigi, the man––pictured alongside Delaney, Libby, and his beloved wife Geraldina in 1999––now shares his name with our beautifully restored 1962 International Harvester firetruck and its genuine Valoriani pizza oven. Hand-crafted in Italy by the 5th generation of the world-renowned company, our oven was assembled in Sonoma, California by Mugnaini Imports, another amazing, family-owned company.
The pizza that we cook benefits from the extremely high heat of the wood fire that burns up to 1000 degrees, giving our pies that distinctive bubble ‘n char crust. Yum!