Most of the folks in Roanoke who know Patrick Maggi know him as a barbecue man.
I regularly hear people say they think his downtown Roanoke restaurant, Blues BBQ, has the best barbecue in town. On Friday, a film crew from the Destination America television show “BBQ Pitmasters” is scheduled to shoot a segment at the 6-year-old business.
For the past few years, Maggi has battled the best in some serious cooking competitions, and later this month he will travel to Parma, Italy, for one of the most prestigious contests in the world.
Not in the barbecue world, however — in the pizza world.
As a member of the U.S. Pizza Team, the 43-year-old Adelphi, Md., native will compete against some of the most talented pizzaioli from around the globe in the World Pizza Championship. He’ll even have to bake beside experts from his ancestors’ home country of Italy.
“Pizza is in my blood,” he said. “My dad had a place for 20 years and I love the BBQ thing, but I have always loved making pizza.”
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