The beginning of the at-home grilled pizza movement .
In 1980, grilled pizza made its United States debut at Al Forno restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, and so began the Ocean State’s love affair with these delicious, impossibly-thin grilled pizzas.
In 2004, Roger Dwyer, a Rhode Island resident and retired associate professor at Johnson & Wales University, introduced his own fully-cooked, pre-grilled pizza crust to the Rhode Island market. It all started when he was visiting the kitchen of a friend's restaurant and noticed the chef using pre-grilled pizza crusts: "When an order came in, he took a cooked crust, topped it, and heated it right on the oven rack. Onced he made one for me, it hit me — why don't we see if we can sell these crusts to other restaurants?” The new crusts were given the name Top This!
Soon after, Dwyer and his restaurateur friend began producing and wholesaling Top This! pizza crusts to the local food service industry. In 2008, Dwyer took full ownership and expanded into the retail market — his first customer being Whole Foods Market. Now, Top This! Pizza crusts are available to the food service industry all throughout New England and they’re sold in 200+ retail stores in New England, New Jersey, New York and even Florida. Top This! crusts are sold refrigerated or frozen in two-packs of traditional white and whole wheat and a three-pack of of small oval flatbreads. Top This! is also a proud corporate contributor to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.