The Wall Street Journal exposed the splendor and joy that is Maria's Pizza, 5025 W. Forest Home Ave., to the rest of the world this week. The family-owned and operated pizza spot is named by the WSJ as one of America's best pies and is featured in a video with the charming, second-generation owners.
"My grandmother (and later mother) made the pizzas so big because she wanted to feed everyone," co-owner Bonnie Crivello says in the video.
In 1957, Maria Traxel opened the first Maria's on 7th and Greenfield with her three children which remained open until she passed away in 1993. In 1971, she opened a second – the current – location on Forest Home Avenue. For more of Maria's backstory go here or to read about the missing Jesus painting that was never returned, click now.
Read the Wall Street Journal article and watch the video here.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.