Il Capo reach­ing pizza mile­stone

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

Shane Mooney es­ti­mates this time next year he will have pre­pared 100,000 piz­zas. Shane is owner of the pop­u­lar Il Capo cafe´ in the Sum­mer­hill Shop­ping Cen­tre that he took over four years ago. He makes about 400 piz­zas a week for ap­pre­cia­tive cus­tomers and, when mul­ti­plied out, he knows he’s al­ready cre­ated 80,000 piz­zas.

Shane bought the busi­ness in 2012 and quickly dis­cov­ered the favourite piz­zas his cus­tomers liked. He’s con­tin­ued to pro­vide those but this sum­mer he’s look­ing to in­tro­duce new pizza top­pings.

He’s been ‘‘put his name out there’’ both through ad­ver­tis­ing, Face­book and word of mouth.

Shane lists his most pop­u­lar piz­zas as pollo ru­cola (chicken breast, spinach, feta and oregano), boscaiola (toma­toes, ba­con, egg, mush­rooms, onions, sliced pota­toes, gar­lic and oregano) and veg­e­tar­i­ana clas­sico (toma­toes, mush­rooms, capsicum, zuc­chini, av­o­cado, ar­ti­chokes and oregano). Then there’s the spe­cial­ity of the house, Il capo (the boss) in­cludes such ham, mush­rooms, salami, capsicum, ca­banossi, olives and oregano.

Il Capo’s piz­zas and pas­tas aren’t lim­ited to what’s on the menu. Shane and se­nior staffer Karen Wa­gener be­lieve cus­tomers should re­ceive what they ask for. So they’ve cre­ated the qu­at­tro sta­gioni (4 sea­sons) which of­fers four dif­fer­ent top­pings on one pizza. They also make to or­der and make to please.

‘‘On oc­ca­sions cus­tomers with di­etary re­quire­ments bring in their own pizza bases and we fill them with in­gre­di­ents of their own choice,’’ Shane says. ‘‘It’s im­por­tant that we meet cus­tomer needs. Our chal­lenge ev­ery day is to pro­vide qual­ity ser­vice and great food.’’ Shane buys his fill­ings from lo­cal sup­pli­ers and all his piz­zas and pas­tas are all freshly made.

Shane also points out the top­pings on his nine and 12 inch piz­zas ($14 and $19) go to the edge.

Il Capo is BYO so those cus­tomers who en­joy din­ing in, can bring beer or wine with them.

Shane Mooney and Karen Wa­gener with a spe­cial Il Capo pizza.

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