2A - Thursday, April 5, 2007
The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes
Before You Were Here
A slice from Silvio
Medora found niche in organic pizza
With NYPD, Cottage Inn and Back-
room Pizza all vying for student dol-
lars, Silvio Medora's friends told him
he'd never succeed in opening another
pizza joint on campus.
That was nearly two years ago.
Now, after 18 months of business,
Silvio's Organic Pizza has garnered
so much attention that one family
drives from West Bloomfield twice a
month just for his vegan pizzas.
In a recent interview, Medora told
his story with a heavy Italian accent
but perfect English.
He moved to Canton, Mich. in 1997,
leaving behind his family's bakery
in Chiete, Italy to escape high taxes.
Once he arrived, Medora took a con-
In 2002, Medora had an idea that
many fantasizes about: to open a pizze-
ria. To testrecipes, he invited friends to
parties and served homemade pizzas.
"Whoever tried my pizza loved it,
so that encouraged me," he said.
In August 2004, Medora signed
the lease for Silvio's North University
Avenue location and began the pains-
taking task of finding equipment and
The story almoststops there: Delays
in finding suppliers meant Medora had
to pay rent for a year before serving
any pizza, putting him behind on lease
payments. By June 2005, Medora owed
three months of rent.
One day, Medora came toAnnArbor
only to find new locks on his pizzeria
and a court date with his landlord. But
that didn't discourage Medora.
"I wanted to open even if I had to
close the door the next day," he said.
Having settled with the landlord,
Silvio's opened its doors on Oct. 26,
2005. Since then Medora's seen a
steady stream of customers for his all-
Seven days a week, Medora's wife
opens the pizzeria at 8 a.m. - before
most students wake - and Medora
stays until midnight on weekdays and
3 a.m. weekends.
The pizzeria sees regular crowds
at lunchtime even though Medora
said he doesn't advertise. Instead,
he spreads the word about his food
by donating it to student groups and
In the future, Medora says he'd like
to get more space and improve custom-
er service. For now, he's bringing in
live music every few weeks - the next
show is folk music from Jared Saltiel on
April 13 - and has an updated menu.
Medora attributes much of his suc-
cess to his unique business.
He said he believes there are less
than three organic pizzerias in the
entire United States and that being one
of them - especially in Ann Arbor -
should keep him going for a long time.
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