1.2.3. The Meaning of Family & The Power of Priorities

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Family is really where it all starts. Let me preface that not all families are the ones we are born into. 

Families are the motivators, the problem solvers, the early investors, the people that push you, believe in you, and gas you up when you’re beaten down.

Family is unconditional, understanding, and open. Family is a restaurant staff, your best friends, a neighborhood, your cousins or your mother.

Family is sharing food, laughter, a thank you and a goodbye. Family is a connection, and what I think life is all about.

Without connection, conversation, empathy, love, argument, anger and loss… life would be a pretty boring bag of lost, mindless moments of time floating by.

Family is what I live for. It’s truly what pushes me to be the best self I know I can be. I love and appreciate my team, my close and extended blood relatives,  my sister Jen and brother Jimmy for the strength of always believing in me even when I didn’t, my friends especially Matt and Kasey Polizzi who have shown me new angles in business and life year over year. Of course my pillar of sanity and the voice of reason is my wife Jackie and my biggest motivation these days my son Levi. 

I think it’s important to talk about how much we appreciate the people around us. I’ve made the fatal mistake many times in the restaurant assuming someone knew how much I appreciated and applauded their work.

Too often I’ve assumed that people know that I care, love, and cherish them, but I’m working on changing that by making sure to tell people just how truly I admire and appreciate them.



If you or someone you know in LA needs a job look no further. We have some open spaces for new faces on the team at HOT TONGUE ready to be filled ASAP!

Anyone interested just needs to send a resume to Andrew@hottonguepizza.com


“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.”

Charles Kuralt

I have found more joy in the conversations, connections, and the memories I have been blessed with by friends and family. More so, 100 times over, than any pizza I’ve taken out of an oven. Putting these things first has made me a better chef, it allowed me to let other people lead, and it left more room for me to grow, just by switching some priorities.

EXTRA SLICE: This is what it’s all about!

Love, crust, and pizza dust,

Alex Koons

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