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                        WE’RE COMING FOR YOU, SPARTAN RACE!

Chef Edward is extremely charitable in donating labor and food for causes that he believes in.

When he began exercising to lose weight again in Feb, 2012, he received a lot of support from employees, as well as clients.  He has always been interested in team-building activities with the Certe’ staff and began thinking of a team-building activity that would be challenging for his Certe’ Team.  This led to a dilemma.  Every day he sees everyone giving 100% towards the customers’ visions and satisfaction, working long hours, sacrificing, and accepting the countless curve balls thrown at them.

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Pizza by Certe’– “The Trailblazer”

We had the pleasure of Michael Berman of Pizzacentric being so impressed with Pizza by Certe’, that he dedicated an article, a video, and numerous interviews with Chef Edward to write it.

He was fascinated not only by Chef Edward’s passion for Pizza, but great pizza making our own sauce from REAL TOMATOES and… chemical free.  All while running a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant doing it.

Click below for the entire article… including the entire pain-staking process and recipe for just how we make our sauce.



It’s been 3 years since we launched the MONTHLY SANDWICH. We have received a lot of press attention for some of Chef Edward’s creations and,at the end of every month, people are constantly calling for the next month’s design. For a handheld meal that’s more than just a sandwich…. you have to pay a visit to Certe’s Sandwich Paradise.

Here’s a look back at the entire list for 2009. You will see some familiar ones with so much popularity– they dictated a permanent place on our weekly menu.

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Run, eat, run, eat, run, eat…. and run

Those who live for pizza had no problem wolfing down PBC’s  pizza pies at the 3rd annual NYC Pizza Run last Saturday morning.

It is commonly recommended to carbo-load the night before a big race, though few recommend consuming massive amounts of starch during the competition itself.


However, nearly 120 runners  (another 50 on a waiting list) registered in Tompkins Square for the NYC Pizza Run, a 2.25-mile run that required three pit stops for one slice of Pizza by Certe’s Margherita pizza.  Race founder Jason Feirman, founder of I Dream of Pizza, one of the country’s most popular pizza blogs, has hosted this for the third year. People come from all over, some professional marathoners, some … umm, definitely not.   Corey Lambert came all the way from California to take part, finishing in just over 20 minutes.

The ground rules:

·        Run four laps around the park

·        Stopping to eat a slice of pizza between each one

·        For a total of 2.25 miles and three slices.

One participant noted that usually he goes for the largest piece of pizza; however, this is a first trying to grab the smallest slice.

A few runners tried our Sustainable Pizza Boxes!


Even the Pizza Run staff couldn’t resist our pizza… even while handing out the slices.


The winner, Peter O’Rourke won for the second year and clocked in a time of 14 minutes, 6 secs.


 Here’s how Pizza by Certe’s team did:


 Francisco (Pizza Maker)…                       17:16

Jose (Cook)…                                           18:45

Diego (Pizza by Certe’s Manager)…        21:39

Chef Edward (Owner)…                           21:39

Adam (Management Support)…              28:36


PBC CrossFit Training

+ Eating extra well-done crust to strengthen jaws.

+ Work at least 10 –hour days standing to strengthen legs (also assists in the fast hand-eye-mouth coordination)

+ Eat at least 6 slices of Pizza per day to expand stomach.


Benefits of our Red Velvet Tea

Our Red Velvet Tea is very popular as a refreshing beverage, but also for the health benefits. The blend of Yerba Mate & Hibiscus makes a potent antioxidant blend. 


Yerba Mate (yer-bah mah-tay)


Natural & sustainable energy…a caffeine high without the shakes and “crash” that sometimes follows.

Yerba mate is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis).

The tea does contain a long list of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including B vitamins and vitamin C; manganese, potassium and zinc; and the beneficial plant compounds quercetin, theobromine and theophylline.

Lab tests have suggested a host of benefits from Yerba Mate. In test tubes, the herb and its components reduce oxidative stress on heart and liver cells, protect DNA from damage in yeast cells and kill human liver cancer cells. In lab rats, the tea improves the flow of blood through blood vessels and reduces fat accumulation

Traditional Mate is rich, robust, and balanced, with a complex earthy mate body and a smooth mellow finish.


The Hibiscus plant itself is a shrubby tropical plant that produces flowers with reddish-purple centers. After the petals fall from the flower, the remaining deep red calyces (cup-like structures formed by the sepals) grow into seed-containing pods that resemble flower buds. It’s these red calyces that are used to make hibiscus tea.

The tea is a mild diuretic, which helps the body to expel toxins and is packed with Vitamin C.

Hibiscus tea may also reduce cholesterol by dilating blood vessels. Plus, hibiscus tea contains an enzyme inhibitor that impedes the production of amylase, which is an enzyme that breaks down sugar and starches. Drinking hibiscus tea daily may benefit people with slightly elevated blood pressure, according to a small study published in The Journal of Nutrition in 2010. For six weeks, 65 adults who had mildly elevated blood pressure (but were not taking blood pressure medication) drank either three cups of hibiscus tea or a placebo beverage each day. Study results revealed that members of the hibiscus group experienced a greater drop in blood pressure (compared to those who consumed the placebo beverage.

Hibiscus tea has a tart flavor similar to cranberry juice. If you like cranberries, you’ll like hibiscus. If you like sweet tea, you can always sweeten it with sugar or honey.

We brew on-site, so you can be certain you are drinking the pure teas, and nothing else.