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 pizza crusts.
It all started when Top This Pizza Crusts owner, Roger Dwyer, was visiting a friend's restaurant and noticed the chef using pre-grilled pizza shells heated right on the oven rack. In 2004, Dwyer, a Rhode Island resident and retired associate professor at Johnson & Wales University, introduced his own fully-cooked, premade pizza crusts to the Rhode Island market.
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. Top This Pizza Crusts are now available to the New England food service industry and they’re sold in 200+ retail stores across New England, New Jersey, New York and Florida. Sold refrigerated or frozen, Top This Pizza Crusts come freezer-ready in a 15-ounce resealable package containing two 13-inch Traditional White or Whole Wheat pizza shells, or as 3-pack of Flatbreads. Top This is also a proud corporate contributor to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.