Born and raised in Matawan, New Jersey, Dan always had a passion for food. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University, where he skipped the graduation ceremony and flew to Italy. There, he found food and a way of cooking that was so incredibly different from anything he had ever experienced in the United States. After returning home, he began to cook and was inspired to learn everything he could about Italian cooking techniques and ingredients. He started a catering company at first and then began working in professional kitchens. In 2007, Dan purchased a small pizzeria in Maplewood, New Jersey, and turned a struggling pizzeria into a fun, lively neighborhood restaurant lauded for its fresh ingredients and artisanal pizza. In recognition of his cooking, Dan was a James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef semi-finalist in 2011. In 2017, Razza received a 3-star review from The New York Times, and in 2019 was named Best Pizza in North America by 50 Best.
Awards & Press
Pizza Expert Dan Richer's Favorite Toppings To Try On Your Next Pie | Tasting Table | October, 2023
Chef Dan Richer Has Developed a Rubric for Pizza Perfection | Thrillist | October, 2023
N.J.’s most acclaimed pizzeria just earned yet another award | NJ.com | July, 2023