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Christian Strong, owner of Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, selects the wood he needs to fire up his mobile brick oven at Party in the Park at Yeatman’s Cove on June 11, 2014. Christian owns his Newport-based pizzeria with his wife, Mindy. (Photo by C. Knight)
Christian, right, builds his brick oven fire with Brian Hunzinker. After working at and then running several La Rosas stores, Christian and Mindy opened Strong’s in April 2012. “For a couple of hillbillies, we do OK,” said Hunzinker. (Photo by C. Knight)
Christian and Mindy’s actually met while working at La Rosas. Their daughter, Autumn (pictured), started working their with her parents when she was 16. She now helps them with Strong’s. (Photo by C. Knight)
The brick ovens used at Strong’s Newport location and their mobile unit were built using traditional Italian design and materials. After getting requests to cater events, Christian purchased his second oven and said, “put it on trailer for me.” (Photo by C. Knight)
Christian and Brian put up signs for their Party in the Park booth. The weekly event has been plagued with rain this year causing many cancellations. Strong’s makes special batches of dough for the event, and usually sells several hundred pizzas. (Photo by C. Knight)
Autumn (above, center) says she loves working in the food industry. She briefly left the trade for a job in retail and hated it. However, she does have other aspirations. She’ll be spending a month in India this fall to continue her education as a yoga instructor. (Photo by C. Knight)
Tony Thompson, a long-time friend of the Strong family and former La Rosas co-worker, prepares a pizza for a customer. All the pizzas are made-to-order in an Old World Italian style using fresh dough and mozzarella that’s sliced instead of grated. (Photo by C. Knight)
The Strongs fell in love with this style of pizza after they tried it for the first time in New York. Though most of the toppings are traditional, they do occasionally offer a three-way pizza and a barbecue chicken pizza with Grippo’s chips on it. (Photo by C. Knight)
Autumn helps a customer with their order. This week Strong's offered tomato or vodka sauce with a choice of pepperoni, bacon, red peppers, spinach and banana pepper. (Photo by C. Knight)
Scott Symmes, left, and Bob Symmes dig into their pizzas on the Serpentine Wall along the Ohio River. Yeatman’s Cove, where Party In the Park takes place each week is located between the Purple People Bridge and Taylor-Southgate Bridge. (Photo by C. Knight)
Mindy and Christian have worked together for more than a decade making pizza. Their daughter, Autumn, says her parents are much happier since they decided to start Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria. (Photo by C. Knight)
CINCINNATI - After rain canceled previous week's Party in the Park, the fun was back on June 11. With music by The Menus, we thought it would be fitting to focus this photo essay on food--specifically pizza.
WCPO Contributor Cameron Knight spent the evening with the folks from Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, who brought their popular mobile oven to Yeatman's Cove to serve up a real crowd-pleaser.
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CINCINNATI - For a fun Wednesday night in the summer, it doesn't get much better than Party in the Park at Yeatman's Cove.
Tri-State residents get to head down to Yeatman's Cove for free music along the riverfront. Rocking your summer Wednesday nights since 1976, Party in the Park routinely draws thousands of attendees.
After rain canceled previous week's Party in the Park, the fun was back on June 11. With music by The Menus, we thought it would be fitting to focus this photo essay on food--specifically pizza.
WCPO Contributor Cameron Knight spent the evening with the folks from Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria , who brought their popular mobile brick oven to Yeatman's Cove to serve up a real crowd-pleaser.
Enjoy the slideshow above and be sure to click "Show caption" to read along!
All photos by WCPO Contibutor Cameron Knight. Follow him on Twitter: @ckpj99.