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How to toss a pizza: Behind the scenes at Oxford’s Mellow Mushroom

Pizza Makers

Lucciano Rotondo and Rusty Newman toss pizza dough to make pizzas at Mellow Mushroom in Oxford. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

OXFORD — Rusty Newman doesn’t merely make pizzas. He slaps them, tosses them, designs them, perhaps even imagines them as public demonstrations of gastronomic art. 

Yes, it’s about pie. But it’s also about performance.

Pizza Makers

Lucciano Rotondo tosses pizza dough to make a pizza at Mellow Mushroom in Oxford. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Pizza Makers

Pizza dough is flattened onto a wooden pizza peel with circular lines that serve as sizing guides. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Pizza Makers

The pizza dough is covered in cornmeal to keep it from sticking to the hands of the pizza throwers at Mellow Mushroom in Oxford. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Pizza Makers

Rusty Newman tosses pizza dough to make a pizza at Mellow Mushroom in Oxford. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Pizza Makers

Lucciano Rotondo and Rusty Newman toss pizza dough to make pizzas at Mellow Mushroom in Oxford. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Pizza Makers

Lucciano Rotondo tosses pizza dough to make a pizza at Mellow Mushroom in Oxford. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Phillip Tutor — ptutor@annistonstar.com — is a Star columnist. Follow him at Twitter.com/PTutor_Star.

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